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Turning History Into Fiction

Elias Khoury’s novelization of 1948 makes up more than just its characters and plot. Does it matter?

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A Plan for Peace

Is America about to adopt the Israeli prime minister’s 20-year-old plan for a durable settlement between Israel and the Palestinians?

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Who Owns Israel’s History?

A former state archivist on the dispute over the first draft of the Declaration of Independence

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How Trump and the Far-Left Are Conspiring to Mainstream the Israel Boycott Movement

The House of Representatives voted 398-17 to condemn the BDS movement. But you wouldn’t know it from the president, who has consistently raised the profile of the Democratic anti-Israel fringe. This benefits BDS, which could only dream of such publicity, and harms Israel.

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My Father’s House

Showcase of a Zionist dream

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Teaching High School Students to Demonize Israel

As a wave of anti-Israel hate spreads from elite college campuses to public high schools, some Massachusetts parents wanted to fight back. But they were not joined by the major Jewish organizations. What happened in Newton?

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How to Talk About Israel and Palestine

Don’t try to save the people on either side of the conflict. Just listen to them.

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The Brilliance of Batya Gur, Israel’s Greatest Detective Author

The late writer’s best work reflects the larger anxieties of a society trying to shield its founding ideals against threats from hostile populations

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Tales of the Jewish Working Class: Anarchism and the Multicultural Joys of New York

Third in a series on the anarchists and the Jews, conjuring the vibrant souls from the days when anarchism was an authentic current of the American labor movement, and the left wasn’t blindly anti-Israel

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A Syrian in Jerusalem

Finally face to face, after growing up learning about the other

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The Five Factors That Could Change The Outcome of Israel’s New Elections

The Knesset just voted to re-run Israel’s election seven weeks after the last one. Here’s how it happened, and five things that could determine whether the result is the same–or dramatically different.

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Free Palestine

A small act of resistance in the middle of Soho at lunchtime

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Inside Israel’s Crash-Landing on the Moon

All systems were go. Then the little craft that could went dark. What now for the future of privatized space conquest in the Middle East?

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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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