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Daily Archives: April 14, 2021

Movie reels. Credit: Aleksanderdnp via Wikipedia.

Ahead of Israel Independence Day, Jerusalem Cinematheque releases rare historical videos

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The Jerusalem Cinematheque’s Israel Film Archive recently launched an innovative website featuring Israeli cinema through its generations. The new website, which includes 7,000 items, is accessible and free of charge in both Hebrew and English, the Cinematheque...
Jews pray in the compound in Nablus of Joseph's Tomb, believed to be the final resting place of the biblical patriarch, Dec. 28, 2010. Photo by Kobi Gideon/Flash90.

Pollard brings Torah scroll he commissioned while in jail to Joseph’s Tomb

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Convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard on Monday night dedicated a Torah scroll that he brought to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. He commissioned the writing of the Torah scroll 12 years ago, while he was...

Remembering my brother keeps him alive

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For me, every day is Yom Hazikaron. Since I lost my older brother, Ezra, to a terrorist attack on Nov. 19, 2015, not a day has gone by that I do not think about...
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Biden’s bad foreign-policy deals

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Because Barack Obama struck me as a clever fellow, I never understood why, when negotiating with despots, he failed to utilize the leverage available to him. For instance, he might have said to Russian President Vladimir...
The Military Rabbinate Choir sings a capella at a memorial service honoring fallen Israel Defense Forces soldiers and those from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) units on Yom Hazikaron, April 13, 2021. Credit: Netzach Yehuda Association.

Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen Israeli soldiers from ‘haredi’ units

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A memorial service in honor of fallen Israel Defense Forces soldiers and those from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) units, adapted for the religious community, was held at Jerusalem’s Shalva Hall on Tuesday night and broadcast online to...
Duxbury High School football coach Dave Maimaron was fired 12 days after the game. Source: Twitter.

Anti-Semitic football play-calling in Massachusetts town hints at long history of ‘systemic bias’

In this well-groomed coastal town, members of the small Jewish community and others are trying to determine why its vaunted high school football team used the terms “Auschwitz,” “rabbi” and “dreidel” while calling plays...
The U.S. Capitol building. Credit: Tupungato/Shutterstock.

Bipartisan bill proposed to reclaim Holocaust-era unpaid insurance policies

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Legislation brought forth in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday would allow insurance beneficiaries to recover billions in unclaimed payments from World War II. The Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2021 was re-introduced by Rep. Debbie...
Palestinian Central Election Commission workers register citizens in Rafah in preparation for planned May elections in the southern Gaza Strip, on Feb. 10, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Palestinians worry Fatah will postpone elections using eastern Jerusalem issue as pretext

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Por S. Schneidmann Preparations are currently underway in the Palestinian Authority for elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and to the P.A. presidency, scheduled for May 22 and July 31, respectively. In previous P.A....
A participant in the Memorial Day service, held in the Arara village in the Negev Desert, to commemorate fallen Arab and Druze Israel Defense Forces soldiers, April 13, 2021. Source: Twitter.

In first, Israel’s Arab sector holds Memorial Day service

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In a historic first, a Memorial Day ceremony was held on Tuesday to commemorate fallen Arab soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. The event, which took place in the Arara village in the Negev Desert,...
People stand still next to the graves of fallen soldiers at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem as a two-minute siren sounds, marking Israel's Memorial Day, April 14, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Netanyahu on Memorial Day: ‘We mustn’t remain indifferent to threats of annihilation’

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Israelis across the country stood silent at 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning as sirens blared for two minutes to mark Israel’s Memorial Day. During the siren, fighter jets flew a special aerial salute over the...