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Sundown: Shalit’s Father Ignites Controversy

Plus Settlers of Canaan, Myra Kraft honored, and more

by
Marc Tracy
March 15, 2012
Noam Shalit earlier this year.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
Noam Shalit earlier this year.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

• Noam Shalit intends to run for office as a “pro-peace” Laborite. In a remarkable, controversial interview, he sympathized with those who kidnapped his son. [Guardian]

• Iran and certain elements of Hamas are trying to burnish the damaged relations between the two; not clear if it’s working. [JPost]

• Settlers of Canaan is more than a bad pun on the popular board game Settlers of Catan: it’s an actual, extremely anti-Semitic Dutch board game (there is an Anne Frank card that you can play). [JPost/Zion Square]

• Meet the Israeli Muppet rock band. [PRI The World]

• I enjoyed Nathan Englander’s new book. Following is a podcast (featuring former Tableteer Marissa Brostoff) featuring Nathan and a review by somebody who did not enjoy his book nearly so much. [Beyond the Pale/LRB]

• The late Myra Kraft was honored at the National Jewish Book Awards last night. Husband Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, was there. [JTA]

The Godfather opened in theaters 40 years ago today.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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