Saturday, December 15, 2018

Israel Tag

Textbook Tussle

09:32 07 October in Latest, Politics
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By Symi Rom-Rymer "No other country in the world, in its official curriculum, would treat the fact of its founding as a catastrophe," categorically stated Education Minister Gideon Saar in response to a recent controversy over an unapproved Israeli textbook. The textbook in question is a history...

New Angles/Old Topics

14:21 11 June in Latest, Politics
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By Symi Rom-Rymer The recent flotilla fiasco has unleashed a torrent of articles about Jews, Israel, Zionism, and any semi-related topic.  Buried beneath the information overload, it has been difficult to pinpoint articles that truly have something new to offer.  But here are some that have...

TLV→IST: Flying Solo

11:41 10 June in Latest, Politics
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By Zoe Fox Last Monday, the Israeli Navy stopped a so-called “Freedom Flotilla” from breaking the Gaza blockade in a deadly encounter.  Four days later, I found myself on a nearly empty flight out of Ben Gurion International Airport headed for Istanbul.  When...

I Love A Parade

13:41 25 March in Latest, Politics
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By Symi Rom-Rymer Living in a large, multi-cultural city like New York, you get used to the ethnic parades that come through town.  In early fall, there’s the German-American parade with grown men wearing too-tight leder-hosen and sidewalk venders selling copious amounts of bratwurst and pretzels. ...

Breaking the Silence

10:57 25 February in Latest, Politics
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By Symi Rom-Rymer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpC3JeZl5LA&hl=en_US&fs=1&] Three thin little black books have been creating a firestorm of controversy in Israel recently.  No, they have nothing to do sex scandals.  Rather, they are publications from Breaking the Silence (BTS), an Israeli human rights group founded by four former Israeli Defense...