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Captured Gazan Rioter Admits: Hamas Uses Women, Children as Human Shields

Thursday, 17 May 2018 | A rioter who was captured by IDF [Israel Defense Forces] soldiers after breaching the border fence and infiltrating into Israel on Tuesday said Hamas orchestrated the border demonstrations to stay in power. “Hamas organized the demonstrations so that people would not ‘turn’ on them,” he affirmed, explaining that the humanitarian

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The New Middle East? Bahrain Defends Israel; A Qatari Royal Assails Iran

Friday, 11 May 2018 | Recent remarks by public figures—both official and unofficial—in the Arab world signal a process of realignment in the Middle East, in which Israel is more accepted, and Iran is increasingly isolated. In a sign of warming ties between Israel and some Arab countries, Bahrain has backed the Jewish state’s right to

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“Emperor” Putin’s Middle East, Russia’s Ongoing Role in the Region

When term limits threatened to end the reign of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2008, he deftly changed his title from president to prime minister while still giving himself the most powerful position in the country. When he was legally allowed to hold the presidency again, he used that position to maintain control. Yet, his

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A Dangerous Precedent: Poland’s New Holocaust Law

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”—Elie Wiesel In January 2018, Poland passed a controversial bill making it a crime to blame Poland for the atrocities of the Holocaust. The bill, proposed by the country’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), calls for up to three years in prison or a fine

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Hebrew: The Sound of Prophecy Fulfilled

It wasn’t love at first sight for me and Israel. Oh no. I fell in love with the Promised Land, her people, history and significance long before I caught my first glimpse of the strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. My relationship with the Hebrew language started off differently. Even

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Guatemala and Israel—Closer than Brothers

In a global climate that often sees Israel isolated and maligned on the international stage, there is a country that has consistently shown itself to be Israel’s friend. Some may be surprised to learn that the country is the small Latin American nation of Guatemala. Scarred by civil war, numerous coups and drug violence, Guatemala

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The Big Cut

While it is increasingly becoming a divisive issue, circumcision is one of the world’s oldest rites of passage and vitally important to Judaism. The topic was once considered taboo, but in modern times rigorous debate has flared up in Western nations about whether this tradition could be a violation of young boys’ human rights. The

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Ima’s Borrowed Moroccan Fish

Some dishes form part of a family’s legacy. They are passed down the generations from great-grandmother to grandmother to mother, each adding her own loving touch. Others are picked up along the journey of life, as friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers share the recipes they love. My “Ima’s (mother’s) Borrowed Moroccan Fish” falls in the

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Rumors of War

“The chances of war in 2018 are growing… We are ready for war… The next war will be difficult and no simple matter. It will take between days and weeks, but in the end we will win.” —A senior IDF officer addressing military correspondents  Rising Tensions in the North “We are facing a new reality—the

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Circus of the Absurd, The UN Human Rights Council

  In March 2018, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held its 37th session in Geneva, Switzerland, with the purported goal of identifying human rights violations around the globe and making recommendations to UN member states on how they should be addressed. When looking at the world situation, one would think the Council would have

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