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Daily Archives: June 16, 2021

Novel Set in Warsaw Ghetto Has Verisimilitude

Normally, I am a bit wary of Holocaust fiction because I fear it will prompt Holocaust deniers to say, “See, it’s all made up.” But whether someone writes a novel or a rigorously footnoted...
Women gather in Jerusalem under the auspices of an all-volunteer organization called Imahot L’Maan Imahot (“Mothers Supporting Mothers”), June 9, 2021. Credit: Courtesy

‘Day of Unity’ offers comfort, outreach for women who lost relatives on Lag B’Omer

Dozens of women whose husbands, sons, brothers or fathers lost their lives in the crush on an overcrowded ramp at Mount Meron on Lag B’Omer joined together in Jerusalem last week in an emotional...
Negotiations in Vienna over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the existing Iran nuclear deal, May 2021. Source: Enrique Mora/European External Action Service/Twitter.

While Biden envoys give away the store in Vienna, Iran escalates the conflict

Diplomacy is in bloom in Vienna this spring. According to The Washington Post, the indirect talks taking place in the Austrian capital between the United States and Iran with diplomats from Britain, France and Germany carrying messages...
Israelis celebrate the swearing-in of the new government at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, June 13, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Comic relief from a serious Israeli drama

The sight on Sunday night of the trendy Tel Aviv set celebrating the new Israeli government with great fanfare—flags and all—was nothing short of hilarious. After all, one would have been hard-pressed to locate a single...
The exterior of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., July 14, 2007. Credit: Michael Barera via Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish Agency establishes educational partnership with Truman Library Institute

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Truman Library Institute announced a new cooperative agreement in which they will work together to increase education and awareness of the history and legacy of President Harry...
Hamas representative in Yemen Mo'az Abu Shamala presents Muhammad Ali al-Houthi. a member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council. with a "shield of honor" as a token of appreciation for the Houthis' support of the Palestinian cause, June 6, 2021. Credit: Palinfo.com via MEMRI.

Hamas awards ‘Shield of Honor’ to Houthi representative in Yemen, sparking outrage in Saudi...

On June 6, 2021, Hamas’s representative in Yemen, Mo’az Abu Shamala, met with Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, a member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council. At the meeting,  attended also by two other members of...
Thomas Nides. Credit: U.S. Department of State.

Biden officially nominates Thomas Nides as ambassador to Israel

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday officially announced the nomination of Thomas Nides to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Nides, 60, has held prominent roles in the private and public sectors. From 2010-2013, he served...
Ayelet Balaban's old and new British passports. Upon renewing the document, Balaban, who holds dual citizenship, was surprised to discover that her place of birth had been changed, from "Jerusalem" to "Occupied Palestinian Territories." Photo by Ayelet Balaban.

Israeli’s birthplace switched from ‘Jerusalem’ to ‘Occupied Territories’ on new UK passport

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is investigating a report that an Israeli woman had her birthplace changed from “Jerusalem” to “Occupied Palestinian Territories” upon renewing her U.K. passport. Ayelet Balaban, a dual Israeli-British citizen who has held...
Hamas fighters register Palestinian children for “Saif Al-Quds” camps in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on June 14, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Poll: Majority of Palestinians support Hamas, not Palestinian Authority

Palestinian attitudes have undergone a “paradigm shift” in favor of Hamas, according to a new study. The survey, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, found that 53 percent of Palestinians now...
New immigrants from North America arrive in Israel on a 'Group Aliyah Flight' sponsored by Nefesh B'Nefesh. August 14, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

North American immigration to Israel spikes after ‘year of COVID’

Some 5,000 new immigrants from the United States and Canada are scheduled to immigrate to Israel by the end of 2021, according to new data published by the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization in conjunction with...