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Spies Like Us

Ep. 181: Comedian Pete Holmes and journalist Matti Friedman

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Master of the Double Exile

The late Iraqi Israeli novelist Samir Naqqash was forever torn between competing loyalties. An English translation of ‘Tenants and Cobwebs,’ his portrait of 1940s Baghdad, shows him to be the tragic chronicler of the uprooting of Iraqi Jews.

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Alpha Blondy Says ‘Thank You, Israel’

On tour in Holland, the reggae great talks about climbing Masada, seeing Mecca, and ‘the magic that music brings to the people’

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The War for the Golan Heights

Remembering the dead lost under Avigdor Ben-Gal’s pivotal battle to hold the Syrian army on the Golan Heights in the 1973 Yom Kippur War

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Life Under Fire

Anyone south of Tel Aviv spent the weekend in bomb shelters as intense rocket barrages from Gaza killed four Israelis in the deadliest day for Israel since 2014. By Monday a ceasefire was reached and it was all over. For now.

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The Rise of Spain’s Pro-Israel, Far-Right Party

The ultranationalist Vox party scored a big win in Spain’s parliamentary elections with a platform that combines anti-immigration rhetoric and support for Israel

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A Visit With Raphael Mechoulam, the Israeli Godfather of Cannabinoid Research

At 88, the scientist who first isolated THC is still addicted to research, studying the beneficial effects of cannabis on trauma, colitis, autism, and more

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The Collapse

Is this the end of American Jewry’s golden age?

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The Golan Heights and the Depths of Hypocrisy

The ‘norms’ invoked to challenge Israel’s claims to the Golan are selectively applied, totally contradictory, and would actually invalidate Palestinian territorial claims. Other than that, they make perfect sense.

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At Camp

An excerpt from Matti Friedman’s new book, ‘Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel’

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The Myth of the Kidnapped Yemenite Children, and the Sin It Conceals

Immigration to the modern Jewish state has often been chaotic at best. But the insistence that nefarious motives guided its placement work with refugees is unsupported by archival evidence.

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Progressive Replacement Theology

Why the left is repeating Christianity’s most dangerous historical mistakes, and why it’s very, very bad for the Jews

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The General Who Wasn’t There

Happy birthday, Ehud Barak!

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Deserves Dialogue, Not Just Denunciation

The Minnesota congresswoman has repeatedly voiced classical anti-Semitic tropes, and this is deserving of strong condemnation. But she has also voiced an exceedingly rare willingness to reconsider her presumptions and put herself in the shoes of Jews, and they should take her up on it.

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A Lesser Wife

In an excerpt from Ayelet Tsabari’s memoir, ‘The Art of Leaving,’ how a Yemeni grandmother found freedom in Israel, but failed to pass on the immigrant’s new rootedness to her daughters

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A Field Guide to Israeli Organized Crime

Exploring an underworld of gambling, drug trafficking, arms dealing, extortion, assassination, and corruption

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Reinhold Niebuhr’s Zionism

The philo-Semitism of an influential American pastor who inspired Martin Luther King Jr., and the role of civil rights in the Jewish cause for nationhood

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The Message of Nas

An Israeli Arab with a huge social media following posts a video a day for a thousand days, ending this week. Where did the journey take him?

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The Curtain Is Falling on Bibi’s Lebanese Belly Dance

What lies beneath seven years of Israeli rhetoric about Iran?

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Standing With Saudi Arabia

How President Donald Trump has been forthright about the actual drivers of American policy in the Middle East

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Jonah

Tablet Original Fiction: In New York, no one goes mad with God fever

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The Foreign Policy of the American Left

Second in a series on the American left: Michael Walzer and Bernie Sanders

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André Azoulay Is the Most Powerful Jew in the Muslim World

What else keeps the Jewish-Moroccan relationship alive?

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Kurdistan and Israel

Kurdistani Jews are caught between the Jewish state and the ethnonationalist ambitions of its Middle Eastern neighbors

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Is Israel Headed for Another Gaza War?

Just days ago, millions of dollars meant to buy calm finally made it into cash-starved Gaza—so why does Israel now appear to be on the brink of another war with Hamas?

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Israel’s New Diplomatic Horizon

A surprise visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Oman last month reveals the Jewish state’s shifting foreign policy

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The Left and the Jews: A Tale of Three Countries

First in a series on the American left: Will left-wing anti-Zionists and anti-Semites in America succeed in hollowing out the traditional liberal left in the United States, as they have in Britain and France?

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UMichigan Condemns Denial of Recommendations to Students Seeking Study in Israel

The university’s forceful response, with its nuanced defense of a speaker who compared Netanyahu to Hitler, shows how schools can uphold academic freedom while also confronting bigotry

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Creative Trauma

Two thousand years of suffering and exile help an Israeli NGO teach Syrian and Iraqi refugees to build new lives in Europe

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Angela Merkel’s Ugly Romance With the Iranian Regime

Why Germany seeks to increase trade with a murderous theocracy bent on Israel’s destruction

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