Yitzhak Rabin: The Indispensable Man?

by Ralph Seliger DURING THE SPRING OF 2014, I finally visited the Yitzhak Rabin Center, near the Tel Aviv University campus. In the words of the Jewish Virtual Library: “the museum combines state-of-the-art technology with multimedia presentations, visual images and artifacts, incorporating close to 200 short documentary films and over 1,500 still photographs obtained from […]

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January 25: David Grossman

Israeli novelist David Grossman, whose works have been translated into more than thirty languages, was born in Jerusalem on this date in 1954. At age 9, he won a national competition about the writings of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, to whom his father, who worked as a bus driver and librarian, had introduced him. The […]

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September 19: Palestinian Terrorism

A suicide bombing in Tel Aviv destroyed a bus and killed six on this date in 2002. It was one of dozens of such attacks over a four-year period from the eruption of the Second Intifada in October, 2000 until the death of Yasser Arafat in November, 2004, including: August 9, 2001, a suicide bombing […]

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December 27: Anarchists Against the Wall

Jonathan Pollak, an anarchist activist against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, was sentenced to three months in prison and fined 1,500 shekels on this date in 2010 for his 2008 arrest at a Critical Mass bike protest in Tel Aviv against Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead” invasion of Gaza. Pollak’s arrest triggered implementation of an […]

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February 17: Israeli Writers Protest

”I’m for a Palestinian state, because that is the way to life. All other roads lead to death.” These words were spoken by Amos Oz to a gathering of 800, organized by the Israeli Playwrights Association at the Tsavta Theater in Tel Aviv on this date in 1988.  Twelve leading Israeli writers spoke or read […]

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November 29: Shulamit Aloni

Outspoken Israeli feminist and peace activist Shulamit Aloni was born on this date in Tel Aviv in 1929. A veteran of the 1948 War of Independence (she was taken captive in the Old City of Jerusalem by Jordanian forces), Aloni was a member of the Knesset from 1965 to 1969 and from 1974 to 1996. […]

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In Memoriam

Abie Nathan April 29, 1927 – August 27, 2008 Abraham Jacob Nathan was a free spirit and a visionary. In 1966, as tensions mounted between Israel and Egypt, he flew a small plane named “Shalom One” to Egypt to discuss peace with Egyptian President Gamel Abdul Nasser. Nathan attempted to repeat the deed in early […]

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