On the border of Tel Aviv and Jaffa are the ruins of an old house overlooking the beach and the Mediterranean Sea, with an anomalous black cube rising from its remnants. This is the Etzel House, also known as the Museum of Jaffa’s Liberators. It is dedicated to fighters of the museum’s eponymous organization, better known as the Irgun in English, a Jewish militant group in Mandate Palestine led by Menachem Begin. Along with the nearby Hassan Bek mosque, the ruins are one of just two structures that remain from Manshiyya, formerly the northernmost neighborhood of Jaffa.
A Jewish chef in Moscow talks about what goes into opening a kosher restaurant, what it’s like to be be an observant Jew in Russia today, and the dishes he’s serving to Jews and non-Jews alike.
The Jaffa terminal building was once a way station for thousands of Jewish immigrants to the Holy Land. Now a group of preservationists are trying to save it from being torn down by the city of Tel Aviv.
At least three Israelis were seriously injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, and the two assailants were shot and killed.
Marek Hlasko’s newly translated novel is about two Polish con men in Tel Aviv. It paints a bleak picture of the land in which the author never felt at home.
Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas told a visiting group of Knesset members on Thursday that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will mean an end to Palestinian demands from Israel, and that Palestinians did not aim to return to “Haifa, Acre and Safed.” As the British Guardian newspaper reported:
Two Jaffa flea market vendors suspected of sexually assaulting an American tourist were indicted Sunday in a Tel Aviv court.
Police bust a teenage opium den, Arabs protest a Tel Aviv port for Jewish immigrants and Jews in Moscow are treated to Yiddish theater.
When air raid sirens sound, some Israelis take their time running for cover. Old-timers like Emmanuel Hatzofe have seen plenty worse than this.