Simone Somekh is a New York-based author and journalist. He's lived and worked in Italy, Israel, and the United States.
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Silicon Wadi: Israel’s Arab Tech Boom

Do Israeli-Arab tech entrepreneurs in Nazareth owe their success in part to the Six-Day War?

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Roberto Saviano, Author of ‘Gomorrah,’ Takes on Internet Nazis

Tired of internet conspiracy theories and vile anti-Semitism, the journalist turns his attention from Italy’s mafia to its white supremacists

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The Inspiring History of Europe’s Largest Jewish Publishing House

From the Talmud to contemporary Israeli fiction, Giuntina brings Jewish literature to Italy

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New Israeli Center Will Dispatch Doctors to Provide Urgent Humanitarian Aid to Countries in Need

Dr. Elhanan Bar-On and his team have already helped patients everywhere from Haiti to Zambia

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Meet the Khalidi Twins, Gaza’s Most Prominent Vloggers

In two minutes or less, a peek into everyday life in the Strip

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What It’s Like Wearing a Kippah in Europe

A recent viral video of a young man getting attacked for wearing a yarmulke in Berlin brought back memories

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Avi, Liberal Lampooner of Israel, is Back for a Second Season of Raunchy Online Videos

Making fun of the Jewish state’s public relations, one R-rated joke at a time

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Comic Books and the Holocaust

Today on Jewcy: A new book explores how superheroes struggled with the Shoah

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New Coworking Space Gives Haredi Entrepreneurs a Gateway to High Tech

Start-up nation welcomes the ultra-Orthodox

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Italy’s Jews to Israel’s Rabbinate: Hands off Our Artichokes!

Our community has enjoyed the dish and found it kosher for hundreds of years. Stating otherwise is unnecessary and disrespectful.

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A Space for LGBTQ Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews

Today on Jewcy: “We’re a minority within the minority within the minority.”

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You’ll Never Guess Who’s Heading the UN’s Conference on Disarmament

Hint: They have experience using the chemical weapons they’ll now be in charge of banning

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Why I Sold My Lorde Tickets

I’ve lived in Israel for years and saw the nation in all its wonderful complexity. And even though I’m a big Lorde fan, I knew I wouldn’t be able to enjoy her concert now that she had sided with the BDS movement.

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To Gain the Right to Fly Over Saudi Arabia, El Al Sues… Israel

The Jewish State’s national carrier is also appealing to the UN for help

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New Novel Sheds Light on the Plight of Italy’s Jews During the Holocaust

While a few in the Ovazza family cheered fascism on, most escaped in the nick of time

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New Documentary Film Sheds Light on Hitler’s Hollywood

From demonic Jews to a very gay Sherlock Holmes, Nazi movies used a wide array of tools to boost one simple, murderous message

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‘Untold Genius’

Today on Jewcy: A new mockumentary about floundering celebrities

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Spreading Peace

A new tahini startup, Sesamaise gets its products from two separate family businesses, one Palestinian and one Israeli

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The Coolest New Jewish Deli? It’s in Tokyo.

Why not have a slice of matcha-flavored babka with that bagel and lox?

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‘The Anarchist Kosher Cookbook’

Today on Jewcy: A new book of Jewish short horror stories unsettles and amuses.

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In Israel, Italian Voters Still Love Berlusconi, But a Lot Less

The former prime minister’s embrace of the far-right in the recent elections has many Jewish fans questioning their allegiances

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Will Israel Be Allowed to Participate in the 2020 Universal Exposition in Dubai?

A looming trade fair raises complex diplomatic questions

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Making Sense of Italy’s Mercurial Elections

The Italian people wanted change, but they couldn’t agree on what kind of change they wanted

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A Very Sexy Purim

Today on Jewcy: Welcome to ‘House of Esther’

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‘Seinfeld’ and the Law

Today on Jewcy: A new blog asks— what shenanigans were legal?

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Hungry for Kosher Food in Taiwan? Look for the Swastikas.

The same symbol whose sight would make me feel uncomfortable, even unsafe, back home, sparked in me some sort of relief and sympathy on this distant island

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Wide Angle: An Excerpt From a Critically Acclaimed New Novel

‘You never let me choose. Faith is such a personal issue, it’s so subjective, and yet you always presented it to me as the only option. You never showed me the existence of different kinds of Judaism; you just force-fed me yours. And when I decided to take a different path, you shut me out of your world.’

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New Exhibit Showcases Treasures of Islamic Medieval Art and Science

Brought to New York by the National Library of Israel, the show celebrates both romance and reason

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