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  • Who is a Holocaust survivor — and does it matter?

    When she was arrested earlier this week during a peaceful St. Louis demonstration against police actions in Ferguson, Mo., Hedy Epstein grabbed national attention. That was partly because, as a 90-year-old white woman, Epstein was not the typical advocate for a young unarmed black man killed by the police. But her Holocaust past — she fled… More ▸

  • Jews take up the Ice Bucket Challenge — and some choose hummus

    Over the past month, a viral sensation has flooded the Internet: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,  in which people post on social media videos of themselves dumping buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the neurodegenerative disease colloquially known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The challenge — which requires anyone… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Hamas’ twisted press, Sainsbury’s and anti-Semitism, peace through dessert

    Hamas’ twisted press tactics: A Hamas spokeswoman admitted that the organization monitored and intimidated foreign journalists in Gaza whose narratives differed from their own.  (Times of Israel) Sainsbury’s and anti-Semitism: A British supermarket’s decision to remove kosher products in fear of anti-Israel protesters reveals a desire to appease anti-Semitism rather than fight against it, Brendan O’Neill writes. (Telegraph) Fla. teen… More ▸

  • In Ferguson, echoes of Middle East?

    A summer of global turmoil has culminated in nightmarish scenes from Ferguson, Mo., a St. Louis suburb torn apart by protests after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. For some, scenes of protesters attacked with tear gas and smoke bombs evoked another struggle: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Widespread concerns about the militarization of… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Interethnic unease, doughnut swastikas, Israeli organ traffickers

    After war in Israel, interethnic unease: Business and personal relationships between Arabs and Jews have suffered in the strained atmosphere following weeks of violence. (Washington Post) Transplant nation: Driven by a low organ donation rate in Israel, Israeli patients and brokers are disproportionately influential in global human organ trafficking. (N.Y. Times) Doughnut swastika designs: Artist… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Leonard Fein in his own words

    Jewish scholar and activist Leonard “Leibel” Fein, who died last week, was a prominent voice of Jewish liberalism and left-wing Zionism for almost half a century. Just one indicator of his prominence was the frequency with which he appeared in JTA’s coverage of American Jewish life, mentioned in more than 100 articles dating back to 1966…. More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Israel’s weapons stash, buying Hamas’ numbers, Jewish lesbian pioneers

    Israel’s weapons stash: David Schenker explains how WRSA-1, an emergency arsenal in the Middle East enabling Israel to bypass red tape and quickly purchase U.S. arms, came to be and why it’s alarmed some Obama administration officials. (Politico) Buying Hamas’ numbers: Media outlets continue to propagate war data disseminated by Hamas despite the group’s track record from past… More ▸

  • Worse than Hamas? Gaza’s other terror groups

    After four weeks of a punishing Israel air and ground campaign that left nearly 2,000 dead and much of Gaza in ruins, Hamas has lived to see another day. For Israel, that might not be the worst thing. That’s because for all of Hamas’ violent extremism, it also governs a territory, maintains a social service wing… More ▸