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Israel to vote on renewing law that keeps out Palestinian spouses – Al Jazeera English

| July 5, 2021

Israels parliament is set to vote on Monday on whether to renew a temporary law first enacted in 2003 that bars Palestinian citizens of Israel from extending citizenship or even residency to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Critics, including many left-wing and Palestinian Israeli legislators, say it is a racist measure aimed at restricting the growth of Israels Palestinian minority, while supporters say it is needed for security purposes and to preserve Israels Jewish character. The law creates an array of difficulties for Palestinian families that span the largely invisible frontiers separating Israel from the occupied territories of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip territories it seized in the 1967 war that the Palestinian leadership wants for a future state.

Reporting on Israel: Thirty years on, we are still covering the same old enmities – The Guardian

| July 5, 2021

It was the end of the 1980s and the Guardians Middle East correspondent, Ian Black, was talking shop with his competitor at the Sunday Times, the late Marie Colvin. We were discussing when there might be a Palestinian state, Black recalls of their conversation in Jerusalem. We thought maybe it would happen in two or three years

Are Israel’s new ministers trying to show they hate Arabs more than the far right? – Haaretz

| July 5, 2021

The funeral is noisy and the deceased is a dog. After all, were only talking about the removal of a disgrace from Israeli society repealing the law that separates families so that both father and mother can hug their sons and daughters

Israel’s wealth fund delayed again as tax revenue still short – Reuters

| July 5, 2021

JERUSALEM, July 5 (Reuters) - Israel's sovereign wealth fund will not start operating until at least 2022 since taxes on profits from natural gas and other resources remain far below the minimum needed to begin investing, the Israel Tax Authority said on Monday. The minimum needed is 1 billion shekels ($307 million)

In Israel, its not just rabbis who dont know math and science – Haaretz

| July 5, 2021

It would be too easy to do a takedown of Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, who this week declared that math and science are nonsense. He did this even though by his own admission he never learned any himself, although I suspect he relies on a doctor who did study these things when he gets ill, and was able to get his message out through the internet that was invented and operated by people who wasted their time on such nonsense

New Israeli GPS nano-drug busts inflammation, touted as antibody replacement – The Times of Israel

| July 5, 2021

Israeli GPS-guided nanoparticle drugs can tackle inflammation without touching healthy immune cells, scientists say, calling the innovation game-changing and predicting it could replace antibody therapeutics. Instead of todays treatments for inflammation, which are felt across the body, were sending ours with a GPS of its own that takes it to precisely the right cells in the body, said Prof.

Jewish man abused twice in one evening on London public transportation – CNN

| July 5, 2021

Footage showed a man berating a bus driver and then the person filming the video on a bus on Saturday evening, saying to the driver: "He's f**king Jewish. You're Jewish too," and then banging on the window of the bus from the street.

On this day: Law of Return passed to ensure citizenship for all Jews – The Jerusalem Post

| July 5, 2021

July 5 marks the 71st anniversary of Israel's enacting of the Law of Return, legislation that allows anyone who is Jewish to immigrate and obtain Israeli citizenship. Based on Zionist principles, the law was intended to ensure that the State of Israel would be a Jewish state and a home for the Jewish people. The law was later amended twice.

Manchesters revamped Jewish museum celebrates the community that left it behind – Haaretz

| July 5, 2021

Even before its $8.35 million renovation, the Manchester Jewish Museum was a remarkably eye-catching institution.

Professor devotes his career to chronicling US Jews – University of Miami

| July 5, 2021

University of Miami demographer Ira Sheskin, whose expertise has been called upon by media covering the Surfside tragedy, has been documenting the changes in South Florida Jewish communities for four decades. A few times a year, professor Ira Sheskin gets a call from a journalist reporting on Jewish people in the United States. But in the past week, Sheskin has been overwhelmed by a number of phone calls and e-mails.


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