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Zuckerbergs...role models

What a refreshing change. Usually when I am checking email at my Yahoo address (I know, I’m old school), there are news stories highlighted, one more ridiculous than the next. Oftentimes they’re about celebrities’ ostentatious displays of wealth and excess, political pushing, or just random irrelevant information.

This time the title of an article finally made me succumb to clicking on a Yahoo story.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), earmarked toward Ebola research.

I am impressed.

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Four Species, two complaints

With Sukkot upon us it’s time for the Four Species. In Jewish communities around the world, especially in Israel, and specifically in Jerusalem, there are hundreds of booths selling the Four Species. There is a fragrance in the air: fresh cut wood and the citrusy etrog. Heaven! In search of the perfect etrog, people are scrutinizing etrogim with eagle eyes. Like a baby swaddled and cradled, the etrog is wrapped in silky and golden gossamer flaxen threads. Along with the building of the sukka...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:09 )

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An ironic thank you

It seems like the SodaStream controversy has barely died down when Israel faces another culinary BDS threat. Only this time the source is from the inside. So far. Shamir Salads — you’ve probably passed the brand in the refrigerator section of a market here or there, identified by its signature green leaf-red tomato graphic icon — is being tossed about now as the evil factory in question. All those divine salads of the Middle East, such as hummus, baba-genouj and Matboucha (a Turkish pepp...
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Chimes of peace

ON our way to meet Rafi Babayan, chief security officer of Sdot Negev Regional Council, we kept passing signs — “Warning: Missile Area — Your Life is in Danger.” This was my introduction to Kibbutz Alumim within the Green Line, an organic farming kibbutz bordering Gaza. When the news reported the very real danger of tunnels being dug into kibbutz dining halls, with terrorists popping out, this is one such kibbutz. In fact, at one point while our small group was loitering, Rafi turned t...
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Sderot

On the road leading to the now famous, embattled city of Sderot in Southern Israel, trees line the road. There is talk in the van of this “linear forest” of trees intentionally planted, as in France where trees were planted to block the invading Germans and prevent them from moving forces. Here too the trees are to block the enemy in Gaza. I am with Chanan Elias of Face of Israel and Council of Jewish Organization (COJO). We are nearing Kibbutz Alumim — an organic farming kibbutz — beyo...
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Cnaan Liphshiz A representative of Flemish Jews asked a deputy prime minister of Belgium to clarify statements in which he appeared to condone the actions of Nazi collaborators. ... [Link]

Dutch Christians boycott church over exhibit on Palestinian children

Cnaan Liphshiz A group of Dutch Christians vowed to boycott Utrecht’s Domkerk Church for the duration of an exhibition on jailed Palestinian children, which they said encourages anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

Yaalon heads to D.C. as Israeli gov’t ministers rip Kerry remarks

Marcy Oster Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon left for a five-day U.S. trip amid criticism by Israeli ministers of remarks made by Secretary of State John Kerry. ... [Link]

Rivlin: Violence an epidemic in Israeli society

Marcy Oster The epidemic of violence permeates every sector of Israel, the country’s president, Reuven Rivlin, said in an address. ... [Link]

Daughter of Hamas’ Haniyeh treated at Israeli hospital

Marcy Oster A daughter of Gazan Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was treated this month at an Israeli hospital, according to reports. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ an injustice to our father’s memory

mbrodsky The production being staged by the Metropolitan Opera of New York rationalizes, romanticizes and legitimizes the terrorist murder of Leon Klinghoffer, his daughters write. ... [Link]

Anti-Semitic graffiti in Spain due to media coverage of Gaza, watchdog group says

Cnaan Liphshiz A Spanish pro-Israel group said the recent spraying of anti-Semitic graffiti in Toledo was the result of media coverage of Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ... [Link]

Palestinian girl dies after being hit by settler driver

Marcy Oster A Palestinian girl died after being hit by a car driven by a Jewish West Bank settler who fled the scene. ... [Link]

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