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UN decries spokesman in PMs office for calling UNRWA chief a Jew-killing enabler – The Times of Israel

| July 19, 2024

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations says comments by a spokesman in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus office about the head of the UN agency helping Palestinian refugees are reprehensible and threatening.

Hasidic Pragmatism – The Times of Israel

| July 19, 2024

In recent decades, Haredi society in Israel has stood firm against the winds of change, resolutely defending its traditional way of life. However, in recent years, we are witnessing a surprising and fascinating phenomenon: it is the Hasidim, always perceived as the most conservative, who are leading a quiet but profound revolution at the heart of Haredi society

Keir Starmer ignores election anger over Palestine at his peril – Middle East Eye

| July 19, 2024

What do the first two weeks of a Labour government tell us about howKeir Starmer intends to run Britain's foreign policy? Before the election, David Lammy, then shadow foreign secretary,laid out his vision of Britains role on the international stage

The Essence of Palestine Arrives in River North at a New Cafe – Eater Chicago

| July 19, 2024

Normally when a customer visits your business for the first time and starts crying, that isnt a good sign. But at River Norths OUD Coffee & Cake, it was. Started by four first-generation Palestinian Americans, OUD opened at the end of June with the essence of Palestine front and center

Meeting the Moment: The Role of the Diaspora in Haitis Future – United States Institute of Peace

| July 19, 2024

Lire en franais In early July, Haitian Prime Minister Gary Conille made his first visit to Washington, where he sought to mobilize the Haitian diaspora to be more active in restoring Haitis governance, security and development, as he pushed back against the Haiti fatigue that afflicts official Washington.

Shema: The Call to Listen to Each Other to Build Brand Judaism – The Times of Israel

| July 19, 2024

Listening as the Foundation for Repositioning Brand Judaism Fundamental to any repositioning of a brand is the need to do extensive research and listen to all constituencies and audiences. Often, it is most important to focus on the core usersin our case, us Jews. To successfully rebrand Judaism, we must embrace the principle of Shema: Listen

When the political stakes are high, Judaism doesn’t place all the responsibility on a single charismatic leader – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| July 6, 2024

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The Rise of October 7th Tourism – Jewish Currents

| July 6, 2024

Not unlike prior forms of Jewish dark tourism, the trips I joined seemed intended to reassure participants that they could support Israel while retaining the moral clarity of the victim. For example, at the end of the Kfar Azza tour, Shpak, the kibbutz member, explained that the community had once been invested in peace and co-existence efforts, but everything was broken and trampled in our childrens blood. Shpak told our group that in the past, he had found it painful to witness the suffering of the other side

From the Bosnian Diaspora: Womens Voices of Srebrenica – Sarajevo Times

| July 6, 2024

This May, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution designating July 11 as the International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica. Three decades ago, General Ratko Mladicled the (VRS) Army of Republika Srpska (RS) in a massacre of this Bosnian town, then a UN-designated Safe Area.

The Holocaust Doesn’t Come Out of Nowhere: PW Talks with Solomon J. Brager – Publishers Weekly

| June 27, 2024

In their debut graphic memoir, Heavyweight (William Morrow, June), cartoonist Solomon J. Brager mines family history to draw lines between the genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples by German colonial forces in South West Africa in the early 1900s and the Holocaust. A historian and educator, Brager spoke with PW about their hopes for using memory and narrative to create a more inclusive cultureone with ample humor and creativity


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