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November 4, 1995: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin assassinated

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Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is fatally shot after attending a peace rally held in Tel Aviv’s Kings Square in Israel. Rabin later died in surgery at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. The 73-year-old prime minister...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, incoming House Democrat representing Queens, N.Y. Credit: Ocasio-Cortez campaign.

When journalists become cheerleaders, it usually ends badly

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According to The Times of Israel, I misrepresented Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s feelings about Israel. In a piece written by Simona Weinglas, the TOI claims that I was wrong to write that the New York congresswoman and media darling, who is best...
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 2018 conference on April 30, 2018. Credit: Anthony Quintano via Wikimedia Commons.

Ban Holocaust denial? Yes. Political censorship? No.

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The applause was nearly universal. After a determined campaign on the part of the Anti-Defamation League and a broad coalition of Jewish groups and other organizations, Facebook has agreed to ban posts that contain Holocaust denial...

October 1st. 2008: Boris Yefimov (Fridlyand), the chief illustrator of Izvestia and a political...

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Boris Yefimov (Fridlyand), the chief illustrator of Izvestia and a political cartoonist for more than ninety years, died at 109 (variously reported as 107 and 108) on this date in 2008. Yefimov published his first book...

Israeli minister outlines plan to foster stronger unity among Diaspora Jewry

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Following the adoption of the Israeli government’s plan earlier this summer to help ensure unity of the global Jewish community, JNS took some time to talk with Minister of Diaspora Affairs Omer Yankelevitch about the strategic...

RBG: An American Jewish justice warrior

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The obituary in Britain’s Guardian newspaper of the iconic liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last weekend, provoked outrage among a number of Jews. In the piece, Godfrey Hodgson wrote: “Ruth...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, June 30, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

The perils of COVID incumbency create a summer of woe

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Only a few months ago, the coronavirus pandemic seemed to illustrate the vast differences in management skills between President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The former was slow to react to the...

June 4, 1936: Leon Blum becomes the first Jew to be elected as Prime...

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On June 4, 1936, Leon Blum, a socialist, became the first Jew to be elected Prime Minister of France. His government introduced major reforms, such as instituting a 40-hour work week, collective bargaining for...

High Court delays decision on Netanyahu’s legal right to form a new government

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Following a preliminary hearing on Tuesday by Israel’s High Court of Justice on the question of whether an indicted lawmaker can be tasked with forming a government, a three-judge panel ruled that a decision...

Supreme Court to hear petition on Netanyahu’s legal right to form a new government

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A three-judge panel of Israel’s Supreme Court is set to hear a petition on Tuesday calling to invalidate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a coalition following upcoming March elections due to three...