Here’s an aspect of Arab-Israeli relations that’s truly black and white: A pair of zebras, currently residents of the Ramat Gan Safari located in a northern suburb of Tel Aviv, may be on their way to Gaza as a gift to the area’s children. The transfer is being considered following an incident in which the Marah Land Zoo in Gaza City had a pair of donkeys painted black and white in an effort to pass them off as zebras. The zoo’s only two zebras died of hunger earlier this year because of neglect during the Israel-Hamas war, and it couldn’t afford to replace them.
As it prepares for its first national show of force, J Street, the 18-month-old dovish lobby, is experiencing unprecedented success coupled with unexpected criticism.
When Benjamin Sklaver was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on October 2, he was just 32 years old, but had already made a remarkable impact on the world. Sklaver, a U.S. Army captain, was a dedicated soldier motivated by a desire to help others, which grew from his commitment to Judaism.
Rabbi Michael Siegel has been a leading advocate for improving the treatment of workers in kosher food facilities. As the founding co-chair of the Hekhsher Tzedek program, Siegel was behind the release last month of detailed standards on how kosher companies should properly compensate their employees. Soon after the release of those standards, though, Siegel took a look at the wages and benefits of the janitors at his Chicago synagogue.
The incident detailed in paragraphs 713 through 716 of the Goldstone Report, if accurate, was a moment of indiscriminate terror.