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matt-beynon-rees's picture
Jan.07.2011
How do you make Jaffa, the ancient Mediterranean port city and present-day gritty suburb of Tel Aviv, look like Vienna in the winter of 1791? Answer: make a book video of a historical novel set in Mozart’s time, and let the lighting do the rest.Last week I headed down to Jaffa for a second day of...
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Jan.01.2011
When the residents of Kiryat Malakhi, a Negev town whose name means “City of Angels,” picked Moshe Katsav as the youngest-ever mayor in Israel’s history in 1970, he was 24. For decades he was the town’s symbol, an immigrant born in Iran who made it to the top of the establishment and was elected...
SFKaufman's picture
Dec.23.2010
  The current situation in Seattle is fraught with the difficulty of dealing with political correctness rather than the harmony needed to govern its constituents based on the controversy of placing inflammatory anti-semitic advertisements in the guise of anti-Israel on the sides of municipal buses...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Dec.20.2010
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah ended last week, bringing to a close an apparently great opportunity for sexual conquest.The Center for the Art of Seduction, a Tel Aviv business which runs courses to help men succeed with women (“Do you want to get every girl that you want?”), posted a video earlier...
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Dec.13.2010
ST. GEORGE’S MONASTERY, West Bank — Gathered in the chapel of this outpost in the Judean Desert last week, the Orthodox priests chanted “Lord, have mercy” in Greek, in a service of blessing for a new road that makes the venerable building accessible to the growing number of tourists willing to dare...
SFKaufman's picture
Nov.23.2010
Superfragilistic Amniotic Intercourse Title hardly makes any sense, right? Wrong! Attempting to decipher the rhyme or reason for things of potential global impact goes against the pall of rational thought that is of value to the human race. Kind of like calling an otter a threat to walruses. Let's...
eileen-fleming's picture
Nov.11.2010
A few days before my first of seven journeys to Israel Palestine, a Palestinian American friend warned me, “Don’t visit Mordechai Vanunu, if you see him; don’t speak to him. He’s not allowed to speak to foreigners and you could cause him trouble.” I responded, “OK, I won’t track him down, but...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Oct.11.2010
Intifada fans can breathe a little more easily.Just when it seemed as though no amount of building in Israel’s settlements and harsh statements at the United Nations by the country’s foreign minister could truly provoke new violence between Israelis and Palestinians, the Jerusalem municipality came...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Aug.16.2010
The present Israeli government seems to make a specialty of dropping the ball. The only thing the top ministers won’t drop is the buck. They’re very adept at passing that.Testimony last week revealed the lack of responsibility at the top of the Israeli government. Before a committee investigating a...
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Aug.04.2010
'The Lonely Tree, movingly written by rising author Yael Politis, is an important contribution to Jewish and Zionist literature.’ ‘The Gush, as it is commonly known, originally included four kibbutzim (communal settlements). Today it boasts 18 communities and a population of about 40,000. Replete...