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  • The Disengagement Summer Ahead of August’s Gaza Pullout, Color War of Sorts Rages in Israel

    An orange wave symbolizing Israel’s anti-withdrawal movement has rolled onto the country’s shores — orange T-shirts, orange ice pops, orange flags, orange ribbons, even orange-draped chupahs, or wedding canopies, and orange stretchers at funerals. In its wake is a smaller blue ripple from those who support the government’s plan to evacuate settlements in the Gaza… More ▸

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    The Israeli folk song “Jerusalem of Gold” was inspired by a Basque lullaby, according to its late composer’s letters. Naomi Shemer, who died in June 2004, confessed to her lyricist that she copied the melody for the song, which became the unofficial anthem of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ha’aretz reported Thursday. More ▸

  • Irish Jewish Academic Explains Why His Country is So Anti-israel

    There’s an old joke in Ireland about the man in Belfast who, when asked his religion, answers simply that he is Jewish. “That’s fine,” his questioner replies. “But are you a Catholic Jew or a Protestant Jew?” Though the joke appears to be aimed at Belfast tribalism, its real target is Irish parochialism — the… More ▸

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    Thousands attended the funeral of Ezer Weizman, a former president of Israel. Weizman, a hero of the 1967 Six-Day War and one of the architects of Israel’s 1979 peace accord with Egypt, succumbed to pneumonia at his Caesarea home Sunday. He was 80. More ▸

  • Obituary Former Israeli President and Air Force Founder Ezer Weizman Dies

    He was the ultimate Israeli highflier, literally as well as metaphorically, shepherding and shaping the Jewish state through war and peace with a singular, sometimes mordant charm. And though Ezer Weizman, who died Sunday at 80, ended his public career tainted by scandal, to many Israelis he typified a national ideal. “Ezer was a symbol… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Art Show in Israeli Gallery Focuses on Unsettling Images

    The trademark white trailer, synonymous with the Israeli settler movement, floats into an ink black night, ripped out of the ground. Below the trailer, settlers and soldiers wrestle, punch and push each other while other settlers try to cling onto the gigantic roots that grow out of it. “The Trailer,” is one of a series… More ▸

  • As Mlk Day Approaches, Some Ask What Has Become of Black-jewish Ties

    The storied tale of Jewish Northerners heading South in the 1960s to fight for blacks’ voting rights has taken its place as one of the most distinctive cross-cultural relationships in American history. Until now, the 1964 murders of three civil-rights campaigners has been unresolved. The recent arrest of a suspect in the Mississippi murders of… More ▸

  • Backgrounder Back to the Future: a Look Inside Israeli Unity Governments

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s attempt to bring the Labor Party into a national unity coalition to help him carry out his withdrawal plan offers the alluring promise of problem-solving for many Israelis. The track records of unity coalitions, which bring together the two largest political parties from Israel’s different ideological camps, are mixed. The first… More ▸