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In Israel and Palestinian Territories, British Still Tend Memory of 16,000 War Dead

A tour of the cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission reveals oases of calm—but few living visitors

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Egypt Says Israel Stole Sand

The country wants a reasonable $500 billion for Israel’s years in Sinai

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Salonica Stories

The earliest known Ladino memoir, now in translation, sheds light on both Ottoman Jewry and one controversial man’s conflicts with the community

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Nation State

Nationalism plays a vital role in Egyptian life, and its influence—despite Arab nationalism’s frequent association with dictatorial regimes—could be a key bulwark against religious extremism there

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Remembered

Raja Shehadeh’s new memoir joins a growing list of literary works on Palestinian life before Israel. But do they tell the whole story?

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Today on Tablet

Progress toward Kurdistan, and more

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Turkish Delights

The mighty culinary reach of the Ottoman Empire

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Promises to Keep

Jonathan Schneer’s history of the Balfour Declaration frames a still-unfolding struggle

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Orthodox Liberal

Moses Montefiore was an observant Jew who helped forge an international Jewish public

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The Other Secret Jews

A new book explores the rich history of Turkey’s Dönme, Sephardic Jews who converted to Islam in the 1600s

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Primary Source

Grigoris Balakian was the Primo Levi of the Armenian Genocide. Ninety years later, his memoir is published in English.

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Early Music

An introduction to the beguiling melodies of maftirim

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Jerusalem Time

Journalist Amy Dockser Marcus talks with Sara Ivry about the the rival interests that energized the city a century ago

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