March 21: Battle of Karameh

Israeli soldiers battled hard with both PLO and Jordanian army fighters in Karameh, Jordan on this date in 1968. The fight followed a raid by the Israel Defense Force in reprisal for a series of nearly forty military actions by Fatah, including the destruction of an Israeli school bus by a landmine. Israel had expected […]

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August 23: The Hebron Massacres

Sixty-seven Jews were killed in Hebron during two days of Arab rioting in Palestine that began on this date in 1929. The massacre in Hebron, where Jews had been living continuously for centuries (and where the Tomb of the Patriarchs is located), was precipitated by nationalistic demonstrations by rightwing Zionist youth and counter-demonstrations and then […]

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June 27: The Entebbe Raid

On this date in 1976, an Air France Airbus departing from Tel Aviv with 248 passengers and 12 crew members was hijacked by two Palestinian militants and two German revolutionaries after making a stop in Athens. The plane ended up in the Entebbe Airport in Uganda, where three more hijackers got on board. They sorted […]

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A Love Letter to Haifa

by Sue Swartz Consider this a love letter to Haifa — where the prophet Elijah is buried and Israel’s first modern university was built. City built between the mountains and the sea, Haifa of summertime air advisories and surly Russian-speaking super-market clerks, less-favored cousin of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Haifa — the “red,” city of coexistence, […]

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Party Poopers at Israel’s 60th

An Editorial For American Jewish leaders, the 60th anniversary of Israel is an occasion for piety, patriotism, and paranoia. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, endorses ‘my country right or wrong’ sentiments: “Let us not allow our dissatisfaction with this or that government policy to dampen our support for Israel … […]

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Israeli Media and Public Opinion

An Interview with Media Watchdog Yizhar Be’er   Israel has always been a news-media-obsessed society. The three major daily newspapers have an estimated combined circulation of 1.2 million, and many Israeli households are also perpetually tuned to television news. The country is simply too intimate, small, and stressed out by years of war, occupation, and […]

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