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UB vision research contributes to a rethinking of what leads to a rare, hereditary disorder causing blindness – UB Now: News and views for UB faculty…

| June 26, 2020

A series of papers published recently by two teams of vision researchers at UB and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is revealing important new information about the possible cause of a condition that underlies a rare form of irreversible blindness in young children. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the label given to a family of disorders characterized by the degeneration and eventual death of the eyes photoreceptor cells, which absorb and convert light into electrical signals in the retina

Report: Israel has told Abbas it will limit annexation to 2-3 settlement blocs – The Times of Israel

| June 26, 2020

Israel has conveyed a message to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that its annexation plans have been greatly reduced, will no longer apply to the Jordan Valley and will be limited to only two or three settlements blocs, Channel 12 reported Friday, citing a senior official in Ramallah. The official told the network the message was delivered via Jordan, following Mossad chief Yossi Cohens reported meeting on the matter with King Abdullah this week

Bibi to Gantz: Sovereignty or Elections – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| June 26, 2020

Photo Credit: Asher Schwartz {Originally posted to the JNS website} Throughout the coalition negotiations over the formation of Israels unity government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was surprised to learn how strongly Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi opposed the plan to apply Israeli sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley, which the prime minister intended to implement with American support. With the specter of another election still on the table, Gantz and Ashkenazi, similar to the other senior members of their party, concealed the degree to which their positions on the matter diverged from their partners on the right.

Mizrahi-washing: The new face of Israeli propaganda – +972 Magazine

| June 26, 2020

Mizrahi Jews have received growing global attention over the last few years. More and more people are finally recognizing that not all Jews in Israel are of European descent, that many arrived from Middle Eastern and Muslim countries where they were religious minorities, and that successive generations have faced discrimination since arriving in the country

Ashkenazi asks Cyprus to help with Europe’s annexation response – The Jerusalem Post

| June 24, 2020

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called on Cyprus to try to moderate the EUs response to Israeli plans to move forward with the Trump peace plan, in a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides on Tuesday.Ashkenazi said Israel is committed to promoting a peace process in a responsible way and in coordination with different factors in the region while protecting Israels strategic and security interests, based on [US President Donald] Trumps peace plan.The plan includes having Israel extend sovereignty to 30% of the West Bank, including all settlements and the Jordan Valley, though Ashkenazi and Defense Minister Benny Gantz have sought to have Israel apply its civil law to a smaller area.EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell and a number of European foreign ministries and UN ambassadors have made strong statements against any Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank. Cyprus has yet to say anything publicly on the matter, but is sensitive to the matter because it is involved in its own land dispute, with Turkey occupying northern Cyprus. Turkey also continues to encroach on Cyprus exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean Sea.Ashkenazi asked Christodoulides for Cyprus to be a moderate voice in the discourse with European states.The foreign ministers also discussed reopening tourism between Israel and Cyprus, which recently downgraded Israel due to an increase in local coronavirus cases.Ashkenazi said Israel is trying to reduce the COVID-19 morbidity to allow flights and tourism to begin again.Christodoulidess visit was in lieu of one by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades with several ministers, which was canceled because of the hike in coronavirus cases in Israel.Israel is the first country Christodoulides visited since the coronavirus outbreak, which Ashkenazi said, shows the strong, stable and solid friendship between the countries that are marking 60 years of ties between them.Christodoulides arrived in Ben-Gurion Airport via helicopter, and the meeting was held in a special coronavirus green zone in the airport, created for the purpose of allowing such diplomatic visits.Ashkenazi said after the visit that Israel and Cyprus have many shared interests in strategic, diplomatic, economic and security matters

The Politician, season two: A voice of a generation without a voice of his own – Forward

| June 24, 2020

Season two of Netflixs The Politician belongs, like a Ralph Lauren cologne ad or a Nancy Meyers film, to the culturally confused yet well-worn aesthetic of WASPy Jewishness. And somehow, even after all the decades of Jews having country clubs and garden parties of their own, it still feels transgressive. As Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), adopted son of a well-heeled family, graduates from a race for school president to an upstart candidacy for state senate in New York, he finds himself and his convictions

Thinking of How I Teach My Black, Jewish Daughters About This Moment in History – Jewish Journal

| June 24, 2020

Igrew up in an upper middle-class home in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 1980s and 90s. My parents were well educated; my dad owns his own business and I was taught that I could be and should be anything I want.

Hot dogs are the greatest American Jewish food. Here’s why. – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| June 24, 2020

This story originally appeared on The Nosher. American Jewish food is most typically defined as pastrami sandwiches, chocolate babka or bagels and lox. But I am here to argue that the greatest American Jewish food may actually be the humble hot dog.

COVID-19 brought the world together George Floyd’s death tore it apart – The Jerusalem Post

| June 24, 2020

The famous 19th century British missionary and explorer David Livingstone once wrote, It wasnt the lions and tigers that got us, it was the gnats. (He died of malaria in 1873 in what is today Zambia). The point he was making was very powerful: Sometimes, and often unexpectedly, its the little things that make the biggest difference.This past winter humanity got a big dose of that lesson with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Violinist Revives The Voice Of A Violin Silenced In The Holocaust – WOSU

| June 22, 2020

Among of the millions of voices silenced during World War II were those of countless musicians. While imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps, they lifted spirits by playing music on beautifully decorated violins. Many of those instruments were also silenced during the Holocaust.


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