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Group of Venezuelan Jewish Converts Denied Immigration to Israel

Israel’s Interior Ministry is not allowing a cohort of nine Venezuelan Jewish converts to make aliyah, claiming their engagement in the dwindling Jewish community has not been sufficient 

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No One Is Afraid of AIPAC

The flagship pro-Israel lobbying organization failed to stop Obama’s Iran Deal. It may lose even more influence under Trump.

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New Zealand’s Settler Problem

A Colonialist state founded on the theft of Maori land blames Israel for its own crimes 

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Turkey and Israel Trust Each Other Again, Maybe

As in the late 1950s, common enemies may make strange bedfellows, or even friends, of Erdogan and Netanyahu

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Israeli Artist Who Lost Life’s Work in Fire Ready to Start Again

Yoram Raanan lost 2,000 works of art when his Beit Meir studio went up in flames. But he’s ‘looking at the positive’—and the Talmud—for peace of mind.

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Biebs Returning to Israel With ‘Purpose’

Justin Bieber is performing in Tel Aviv in May. No word yet as to which Hebrew tattoo he’ll get this time around, or whether or not he’ll meet with Bibi in the Holy Land.

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A Cut Above

This week on Unorthodox, NPR Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington and the butcher committed to ethical kosher meat

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Golden Bibi Effigy Pops Up in Rabin Square, Only To Be Torn Down

An Israeli guerrilla artist wowed Tel Avivians by erecting a golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, leading Israel’s left and right into public disagreement

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The ‘SufganiKing’ Is Burger King’s Meaty, Sugary, Deep-Fried Monstrosity

Burger King Israel gets festive with its hamburger-donut sandwich, for adventurous folks who enjoy a bit of sweetness with their pain and suffering. And we’re kinda diggin’ it.

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Ontario Stands Up to BDS, ‘One of the Main Vehicles for Spreading Anti-Semitism’

Ontario’s legislature passed a motion rejecting the BDS campaign against Israel, becoming the first Canadian province to do so

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The Democratic and Republican Party Elites Have Both Collapsed. Is Fatah Next?

How municipal Palestinian elections backfired on Mahmoud Abbas

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The Chosen Ones: An Interview With Maira Kalman

The writer and illustrator on celebrating Judaism, the ‘magical place’ that is Tel Aviv, and why it’s essential to have a sense of humor

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While the World Is Distracted, the International Criminal Court Is Quietly Bleeding Members

The departure of Russia, South Africa, and others from the supra-national body could have serious implications for Israel and the world

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The Lost and the Saved

A photographic journey in search of an Israeli family she never knew she had

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Jack of All Trades

This week on Unorthodox, ‘Alexa’ editor David Kaufman and Jack Daniels’ in-house historian Nelson Eddy

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The Book That Obama Won’t Read, But Hillary Clinton Should

Sixty years after the Suez Crisis, two new histories of the Egypt-Israel conflict try to garner lessons on the Mideast and American power in a changing world

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We Need to Talk About Israel

Is it possible to write a book about Israel where conflict is not the fulcrum of the Jewish state’s history?

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Dread, Prayer, Hope, and Forgiveness

Yom Kippur in Israel is a complicated yet often peaceful time. But the specter of violence is always felt.

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Shimon Peres Laid to Rest in Jerusalem

Foreign leaders—and the entire state of Israel—mourned the loss of one of the great leaders of the 20th century

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One Last Interview

Three weeks ago, Shimon Peres sat for what he intended to be a Rosh Hashanah-timed discussion about the state of the world. It was also his final one.

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The Occupation Is on Trial

An IDF soldier shoots a wounded Palestinian terrorist in Hebron, and is detained and tried. His guilt or innocence will reveal how Israel—after five decades of military control—is dealing with its society becoming more intolerant, more dangerous, and more violent.

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From the Ground Up

Whether it’s to work or to play, Israeli life is built around coffee. Here are some of the best places to refuel.

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In N.J. Congressional Race, a Political Role Reversal

The Republican looks to Tehran, while the Democrat defends Israel 

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Shimon Peres Suffers Stroke, but Doctors Say He Is ‘Stable’ and ‘Responsive’

The former Israeli prime minister was hospitalized after he had a ‘major stroke’ on Tuesday, but doctors say they have the situation in hand

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The Kotel Compromise: An Opportunity Not to Be Missed

How a failure to come to an agreement to allow equal access to the holy site for the non-Orthodox would reverberate across world Jewry

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Israel’s Next Female Prime Minister

Who could be the first woman to lead the Jewish state since Golda Meir? And why is it taking so long?

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Newly Declassified CIA Briefings Show the U.S. Didn’t Really See the Yom Kippur War Coming

One report claimed ‘neither side seems bent on starting hostilities’

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Honduras Seeks Israel’s Help to Strengthen Its Armed Forces

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is looking to obtain Congressional approval for an agreement with Israel to help fight the country’s crime

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The Problem Isn’t Black Lives Matter. It’s the Occupation.

How Jewish criticism of the rights group reflects our own moral confusion about the last 50 years of Israeli politics

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Due to Salmonella Contamination, Hummus Scare Spreads in Israel

As if the Jewish people hadn’t suffered enough

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