Parole for the Peace Now Bomber

Yona Avrushmi, who threw a grenade into a 1983 Peace Now rally, killing Emil Grunzweig, a founder of Peace Now, and wounding nine others, was granted parole and released from Rimonim Prison on this date in 2011. Avrushmi was convicted of murder and received a life sentence, but in 1995, President Ezer Weizman inexplicably commuted his sentence to twenty-seven years. In […]

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The Lillehammer Affair

In a case of mistaken identity, agents of the Mossad, Israel’s Secret Intelligence Service, shot dead Moroccan waiter Ahmed Bouchiki in the Norwegian resort town of Lillehammer on this date in 1973. The Mossad’s actual assassination target was Ali Hassan Salameh, a senior member of the Palestinian Black September group that had carried out the terrorist attack which […]

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August 18: The Avenger

Sholom Schwartzbard, a Jewish anarchist who gunned down the Ukrainian nationalist leader Symon Petlyura on a street in Paris in 1926 and was acquitted for the crime, was born in Izmail, Bessarabia on this date in 1886. Schwartzbard killed Petlyura, 47, the head of a Ukrainian “government in exile” following the defeat of his forces […]

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Le Groupe Manouchian

Betrayed Heroes of the French Resistance? by Mitchell Abidor From the Spring, 2015 issue of Jewish Currents IT WAS LATE FEBRUARY, 1944 when the German Occupation authorities in France decided that the time had come to stage the trial of a group of Resistance fighters they’d captured the previous autumn. Under ordinary circumstances, trials of […]

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Growing Up In Israel, Part 2

Yes to Peace, No to Violence by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. MOVING FROM ONE COUNTRY to another involves a lot of getting ready and a lot of time spent in limbo. Even today, as my mother prepares to leave Israel twenty-two years after she arrived, the process of moving across […]

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September 4: Resistance in Dubossary

In Dubossary, Moldova, a Jewish underground group led by Yakov Guzanyatskii assassinated a Nazi commander on this date in 1941. It was an act of vengeance for the murder, the previous day, of six hundred elderly Jews who had been driven into the town’s eight synagogues and then burned to death. Guzanyatskii’s group had previously […]

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April 10: Issam Sartawi

PLO leader Issam Sartawi, a moderate who was among the first to meet with Israelis to discuss peace in the 1970s and the first to call for recognition of Israel by the Palestinian movement, was assassinated on this date in 1983, presumably by members of the Abu Nidal terrorist group. Sartawi, 48, was a cardiologist, […]

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Israel and Gaza: Some Relevant Quotes

• “The Israeli decision to kill Ahmed Jabari was total insanity. Jabari was behind enforcing all of the recent ceasefire agreements. He sent his troops out to stop the rockets and was prepared to reach a long term ceasefire. Jabari was also the main interlocutor of the Egyptian intelligence service in reaching ceasefire understandings. Now […]

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November 7: The Bolsheviks Take Over

The Russian provisional government headed by Alexander Kerensky was overthrown by the Bolsheviks on this date in 1917. Among the Jews playing key roles in the infant communist regime were Leon Trotsky (Bronstein), who headed the Red Army, Yakov Sverdlov (Solomon), executive secretary of the Bolsheviks and head of their Central Executive Committee, and Grigori […]

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