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‘A Will to Survive’ recalls Arab ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem’s Jews

I recently stumbled upon a photography book shot by the acclaimed Life magazine wartime photographer John Phillips. The large, innocuous-looking book was simply titled, A Will to Survive. After flipping through the pages, I realized I entered a...
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi (left) and IAF commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin (right) promote 105-year old IAF founding member Alex Ziloni to the rank of colonel, Feb. 19, 2021. Source: IDF Twitter.

105-year-old IAF founding member promoted to colonel

Israel’s top military brass was on hand Friday for the promotion of Alex Ziloni, 105, to the rank of colonel in honor of his “many decades of dedication to the State of Israel,” the...
The Old City of Tzfat. Photo by Kayleigh Rappaport/Flash90.

‘Terror tunnel’ dating back to 1948 unearthed in Tzfat

Work to upgrade the entrance to Tzfat’s Old City has unearthed an attack tunnel dating to Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. Experts believe that the tunnel was dug by local Arabs, who intended to...
Banai family on the rooftop of 13 Agas St., Jerusalem, 1949. Credit: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Photographic Archives.

‘Building’ Jerusalem: Tower of David exhibit features cultural icons

Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the loss of visitor revenue, many smaller museums are being forced to close, and larger ones are postponing reopenings because...
The equestrian sculpture of George Washington at the center of Washington Circle, on the boundary of the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2010. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The problem when revisionist history becomes official dogma

Angry mobs of activists are roaming American streets pulling down or defacing statues of historical figures. In some cases, governments and private institutions are joining their efforts by agreeing to take down examples of...
Harold “Smoky” Simon displaying his Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion Lifetime Achievement Award on Sept. 24, 2019. Source: Nefesh B'Nefesh via Facebook.

Saluting one of the last living heroes of Israel’s fight for independence

Nothing really prepares you for the Smoky smile and the twinkle in an eye undimmed by nearly a century on earth. And when Harold “Smoky” Simon grins at you, it’s hard to remember that, at...
Einstein's official 1921 portrait after receiving the Nobel Prize in physics. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Einstein’s written warning to Jews, after Israel declares independence, up for sale

A signed written warning by legendary physicist and Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein to the Jewish people, written just days after Israel’s independence in May 1948, is being offered for sale for the first time at...
Nakba 1948 Palestine - Jaramana Refugee Camp, Damascus, Syria

Palestinians need to rethink the ‘nakba,’ not refight it

The debates about Holocaust references made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) are starting to die down. Like almost everything that happens these days, partisanship was far more important in determining the outcome than the...
Arab troops at the port in Haifa surrendering to the Israel Defense Forces and Palyam (naval corps) soldiers, who were waving the Israeli and Navy flags at the port for the very first time. Credit: Kedem Auction House.

Rare photo collection from Israel’s War of Independence up for auction

A collection of 26 photographs designated to be printed by newspapers during Israel’s War of Independence was revealed this past week, with several of them capturing scenes that transpired on the Arab side of...