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  • Kirk owed Franklin apology, too

    Shai Franklin has apologized to Irwin Cotler, but he also owes an apology to Sen. Mark Kirk and to the Iranian political prisoners he carelessly smeared in his ill-informed Op-Ed titled “Stop pretending to care about Iranians’ rights.” More ▸

  • Deri named Shas Party chairman

    Aryeh Deri was appointed chairman of Shas by the Sephardic haredi Orthodox party’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. The appointment Thursday comes seven months after a triumvirate of lawmakers was tapped to lead the party through the November 2012 national elections. Deri, along with Eli Yishai and Ariel Atias, have been leading the party. Atias… More ▸

  • Israeli Embassy’s Trailer for Obama’s Visit To Israel: A Closer Look

    If you haven’t heard yet, President Obama is in the Mideast this week. But that’s not the really big news story surrounding the visit. More noteworthy than the turmoil in the region, the stagnant peace process, and the history of tension between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, we finally get to see the long awaited-trailer, of Obama’s visit to Israel, courtesy the Israeli Embassy! That’s right: a trailer:

    We are as confused as you are by this video. Who does trailers for political trip? Was this made by a bunch of sixth graders? Here’s how the video breaks down, scene by scene:

    Scene #1: We watch Air Force One fly to Israel, the only blue country in a mass of brown countries — which is how maps work, by the way. More ▸

  • Egypt bans documentary about Egyptian Jewish community

    Maybe they’re extra touchy since Passover is coming? Egyptian security services have banned a documentary, “Jews of Egypt,” from screening on the eve of its release in theaters, Reuters reports. The film is about the advancement of the Jewish community during the 20th century and focuses on themes of tolerance and identity. Producer Haitham al-Khamissi said Egypt’s Censorship… More ▸

  • Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind doesn’t see what’s wrong with painting his face black on Purim

    Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind held a massive party at his house yesterday for the Jewish holiday of Purim, which features 14 hours of food, booze, and of course, costumes. Hikind, getting into the holiday spirit, dressed up as a basketball player– ALL BASKETBALL PLAYERS, you see, not just a specific one– complete with afro, sunglasses, and jersey…. More ▸