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One-armed soldier rejoins IDF combat reserves

One-armed soldier rejoins IDF combat reserves

JERUSALEM — The hardest part was loading the assault rifle.

That’s not because he was a newbie, unaccustomed to the workings of a Tavor rifle. Rather, 1st Sgt. Izzy Ezagui had lost an arm in combat.

He’d overcome seemingly insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles and got a posting on a base in the Negev. His next challenge began: He had to prove he could still fight.

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Hummus with a side of politics

Hummus with a side of politicsTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Like many Israelis in Europe, Yuval Gal and Muawi Shehadeh decided to market their hummus restaurant specifically to health-minded vegetarians. A Jew from Tel Aviv and an Arab-Israeli from Nazareth, the duo this year began peddling their native country’s signature chickpea paste at an eatery in this city called Love & Peas, which Gal, 36, says specializes in “green, healthy foods.”
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Hollywood's Holocaust survivors share their memories

Hollywood's Holocaust survivors share their memoriesLOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Reporter is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with a feature on survivors who went on to careers in American entertainment. The project, released on Dec. 16 online and in print, includes emotional, revealing video interviews with the subjects, including director Roman Polanski and producer Meyer Gottlieb. Director Steven Spielberg, the founder of the USC Shoah Foundation, wrote an essay for the feature. Below is a look at some of the s...
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Is the ban on Spinoza being lifted?

Is the ban on Spinoza being lifted?AMSTERDAM — More than 350 years after this city’s Portuguese Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza and banned his writings for eternity, the philosopher’s books are for sale at the souvenir shop of the community’s synagogue. Spinoza, a Dutch-born Jewish philosopher who laid the intellectual foundations of the Enlightenment and is sometimes referred to as history’s first secular Jew, was banished by Amsterdam’s Portuguese Jews in 1656 for heresy....

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Autistic soldiers bring special skills to IDF

Autistic soldiers bring special skills to IDFTEL AVIV — Sitting in front of a computer at the center of Israel’s largest army base, a soldier stares at the screen, moving pixel by pixel over a satellite photograph, picking out details and finding patterns. A few years ago N.S., who has autism, thought the Israel Defense Forces wouldn’t take him. N.S., who like other soldiers could not give his name due to IDF protocol, spent his childhood in mainstream classroom settings, where he had focused on studying film and Arabic, but expect...
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Coexistence group raises more than $18,000 for beaten Bedouin Israeli

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — An organization advocating Jewish-Arab coexistence has raised more than $18,500 in a crowdfunding drive for a Bedouin Israeli who was beaten by off-duty police officers. The Neg... [Link]

Likud signs coalition agreement with Yisrael Beiteinu

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — The ruling Likud and nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu parties inked a coalition agreement, paving the way for the latter’s entrance into Israel’s government. The two pa... [Link]

Israel opens pavillion at World Humanitarian Summit

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli delegation led by a top diplomat arrived in Turkey to represent Israel at the first World Humanitarian Summit. Dore Gold, the director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry... [Link]

GOP-Trump joint finance team includes 5 Republican Jewish donors

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee announced a fund-raising team that includes five current or former Republican Jewish Coalition board members. Of 20 members ... [Link]

Warmonger or humanitarian? Getting to know Avigdor Liberman, Bibi’s enigmatic pick for defense minister

Ron Kampeas Yes, there’s the Avigdor Liberman who wants to behead bad guys, mandate loyalty oaths and pay Arabs to leave the country — the one who makes fun of the disabled and who dodged a fraud charge.... [Link]

‘Game of Thrones’ welcomes Israeli actress-singer

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Russian-Israeli actress Ania Bukstein recently joined the cast of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Bukstein, a Moscow native who immigrated to Israel at 8, plays Red Priestess Kinva... [Link]

At Museum of the Jewish People, an iconic exhibit of miniature synagogues breaks new ground

Lisa Keys TEL AVIV (JTA) — In 1978, when Beit Hatfutsot-Museum of the Jewish People opened, it did something big. But it did it in the smallest way possible. Among the museum’s first exhibits was a gallery ... [Link]

UK golf ‘full’ of anti-Semitism, Jewish ex-BBC chair claims

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A British media mogul who headed the BBC has accused the United Kingdom’s golf scene of being “full” of anti-Semitism, saying a prominent club banned him in the 1980s because he is J... [Link]

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