By Shira Rubin
India’s Jewish ‘Lost Tribe’ Faces Hard Times in Israel
TEL AVIV — According to ethnographers and Israeli geneticists who have investigated the matter — and even most members of his own ethnic group in India — Hanoch Haokip’s claim to be descended from one of Israel’s so-called “Lost Tribes” is, at best, highly debatable. But Haokip, a member of a small subgroup of indigenous…
Jews, Arabs and Bedouin Help Middle Eastern Refugees on Aegean Island Haven
Visibly disoriented in the night’s darkness, Muntasira Hamawi teetered out of a rubber boat and onto the foggy shore of Lesbos, the third largest of Greece’s islands in the Aegean — where an Israeli volunteer speaking her language immediately began attending to her needs. “You’ve arrived and you are safe. We are here to help…
Good Will and Peace Towards Men Elusive This Year in Nazareth
In the days preceding Christmas, the well-stocked markets of the town cited by the Christian Bible as Jesus’ hometown were uncharacteristically silent. Few foreign pilgrims roamed the streets adjoining Nazareth’s towering white landmark church, the Basilica of the Annunciation, where Christians believe the angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary with the message that she was…
When Israel Demolishes a Palestinian Home, Does It Deter Terror or Encourage It?
Muawiyah Abu Jamal, a slight 42-year-old construction worker, recalls vividly the night that Israeli security forces came to his East Jerusalem neighborhood to demolish the nearby home of his younger brother, Ghassan Abu Jamal. The October 6 demolition came, he recalled, almost one year after his brother and his cousin, Odai Abu Jamal, attacked a…
After Arson Murders, West Bank Village Waits in Vain for Justice
Over the past month and a half, residents of this tight-knit village in Israeli-occupied territory have oscillated between grief and anxiety. First came the July 31 death by arson of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsheh as the lives of his other family members hung in the balance; then the death of Ali’s father, Saad Dawabsheh, from…
Jo Milgrom’s Torah Mantles Are Definitely Art. But Are They Kosher?
Among some of her fans, Jo Milgrom is known as “the archeologist.” She rescues precious artifacts from the obscurity of Jerusalem’s dumpsters and secondhand shops, while also providing them a home and new levels of meaning, they say. “When I see things on the street, they have their own realities,” the 86-year-old artist tells me…
Admit it, American Jewish establishment: Peter Beinart was right
How one Black and Jewish family keeps rewriting the Haggadah to reflect their history — and dreams
Robert Kraft will spend $25 million running ads against antisemitism. Is this the right way to protect Jews?
Are Israeli generals more left-wing than their own government?
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