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Winning the argument against Jewish extremism

This article was originally published in Haaretz: After nearly a year in administrative detention, Israel released a Jewish extremist last week held following the 2015 Duma arson, in which a Palestinian infant and his parents were murdered. Meir Ettinger, who will spend … Continue reading

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These days in Jewish history

Every once in a while, I get to do the fun job of writing my newspaper’s This Day in Jewish History column because the regular writer goes on holiday. So far this month, I have written two: One about Ephraim Kishon … Continue reading

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Ashkenazim looking down on Mizrahim – from the 60s and back to the 30s

In July 1962, a meeting between then-Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, one of Israel’s founding fathers, and the country’s teachers union descended into a volatile discussion on the divide between Jews of European origin – Ashkenazim – and Jews of Middle … Continue reading

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An 1843 report of Passover blood libel in the Middle East

The blood libel, an accusation that Jews kidnapped and killed non-Jewish children, using their blood to bake unleavened bread, or matzah, for Passover, is one of the key anti-Semitic tropes. During the seven-day Passover holiday, which ends tomorrow, Jews mark the exodus from Egypt … Continue reading

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Is Saudi Arabia’s national carrier about to ban gender-mixing on flights?

Could Saudia Arabia soon have the world’s only officially gender-segregated airline?(UPDATE – The short answer to this is no, apparently. See here.) Earlier this year, following a number of incidents where ultra-Orthodox Jews refused to sit next to passengers of the … Continue reading

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