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Israeli sci-fi fans at the 2018 ICon Festival. Credit: ICon Festival.

Adventures in Israel’s science-fiction scene

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The first time Sheldon Teitelbaum came across a science fiction book was as a sixth-grader at a Talmud Torah in Montreal, Canada. A book with red bindings about a subversive school on Mars jumped...
Roald Dahl signs books for children in Amsterdam on Oct. 12, 1988. Credit: Rob Bogaerts/Anefo via Wikimedia Commons.

Netflix gains entire catalogue of works by ‘certainly anti-Israeli’ Roald Dahl

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Netflix has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC), giving it rights to all the works by the late British children’s author, who was openly anti-Israel and had a history of making anti-Semitic remarks. Dahl’s...
Salt formations on the Dead Sea shore, July 7, 2020. Photo by Mila Aviv/Flash90.

Can a magnificent art museum help save the dying Dead Sea?

When 1,200 Israelis posed nude at the Dead Sea for American art photographer Spencer Tunick in 2011, project initiator Ari Leon Fruchter hoped the eye-popping images would start a wave of activism to save the unique saltwater...
Keter Group and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation opened a new exhibition, “The New Shape of coExistence,” on MArch 24, 2021. Photo by Shoham Sahar.

Keter, Peres Center unveil co-existence-themed exhibition of artists worldwide

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Keter Group and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation opened a new exhibition on March 24 titled “The New Shape of coExistence,” featuring carefully selected artwork from across the Middle East and beyond. The...
Gustav Klimt’s “Rosiers sous les arbres” (“Roses Under the Trees”). Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

France returning Klimt art, sold under duress in 1938, to heirs of Jewish owner

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France’s culture minister Roselyne Bachelot announced on Monday that the French government will return a painting by famed artist Gustav Klimt to the heirs of its Austrian Jewish owner, who was forced to sell...
Olivier Dassault. Credit: Gabriel Erem.

Killed in helicopter crash in France, Olivier Dassault, 69, leaves personal legacy upon family...

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On Sunday afternoon, March 7, my phone rang. The call came from a friend in Paris telling me about a fatal helicopter crash in which one of the victims was my dear friend, Olivier...
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. Credit: Government of Luxembourg.

Following restitution deal, Luxembourg premier pledges to fight anti-Semitism

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Following an agreement signed on Wednesday by the government of Luxembourg to compensate Holocaust survivors, return looted art and restitute dormant bank accounts, Prime Minister Zavier Bettel told Israel Hayom that the fight against anti-Semitism is not over. “It...
Activities for those with special needs at the Tower of David Museum. Photo by Ricky Rachman.

Israeli museum staff hold forum to boost accessibility during pandemic

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Representatives from different museums across Israel met earlier this month for the first time under the auspices of the Israel Council of Museums to create the first National Forum on Accessibility and Inclusiveness in...
The Richard Tucker monument in Lincoln Square, New York City. Credit: NYC Parks Department.

A Jewish opera legend’s family is divided by cancel culture

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Few things are sadder than when a family is divided by politics. But when it happens because of outside pressure and false accusations that threaten to destroy the legacy of a beloved father, what...
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

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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...