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Fires break out in Israel's south near Gaza border for second day in a row

Haaretz - Fri, 2021-05-07 14:15
Firefighters put out seven blazes in the area, as Palestinian groups in Gaza apparently resume launching balloons laden with explosives after an eight-month respite

Israeli Eurovision contestant Eden Alene doesn’t have time for pandemic hobbies

The Forward - Fri, 2021-05-07 14:00
Eden Alene is the first Israeli of Ethiopian descent to represent the country. “I feel proud of myself,” she said.

A reply to Van Morrison’s totally sane song about media control

The Forward - Fri, 2021-05-07 13:43
Let he who doesn’t command Big Fedora cast the first stone at those who “own the media.”

Yitzhak Arad, partisan who led Israel’s Holocaust museum for decades, dies at 95

JTA - Fri, 2021-05-07 13:33

(JTA) — Yitzhak Arad, a Jewish partisan from Lithuania who rose through the ranks of Israel’s army before leading the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, has died at the age of 95.

Born in Lithuania in 1926, Arad joined Soviet-funded partisans in World War II and fought against the Nazi occupation forces and their collaborators, who had killed most of his family.

In 1945 he immigrated to pre-state Israel and underwent training as a pilot for the Palmach, the precursor of the Israel Defense Forces. He fought as a pilot and later as a demolition expert during Israel’s war of independence.

He rose through the ranks to become chief education officer of the IDF. In parallel, he completed a master’s degree in the history of the Holocaust. In 1972, he became the director of Israel’s national Holocaust museum. He is widely credited with establishing Yad Vashem’s reputation as a research institution.

In 2008, Lithuanian authorities opened a criminal probe against Arad for alleged crimes against humanity from his days with the partisans. (Lithuania, where many locals collaborated with the Nazis in the Holocaust, regards Soviet domination as a genocide.) The probe was closed within months amid an outcry that led to a diplomatic scandal.

Arad, who led Yad Vashem for 21 years until 1993, had three children as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren. His wife Michal, whom he married in June 1948 during a respite break from fighting in Israel’s war of independence, died in 2015. He was buried Friday in Kibbutz Einat near Tel Aviv.

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Lapid meets Bennett, Sa'ar as anti-Netanyahu bloc set sights on unity government

Haaretz - Fri, 2021-05-07 13:00
As coalition efforts continue, Bennett also meets with Labor's Michaeli, while far-right party leader Smotrich attacks Yamina as opportunistic

Palestinian President Abbas says Israel responsible for West Bank, East Jerusalem violence

Haaretz - Fri, 2021-05-07 12:36
The statement comes after three Palestinians opened fire at Border Police at the gate of the Salem military base, near Jenin, after crossing into Israel

Kahanist lawmaker closes makeshift office in East Jerusalem at Netanyahu's behest

Haaretz - Fri, 2021-05-07 12:15
Ben-Gvir and Netanyahu agree to maintain heavy police presence in the East Jerusalem until the end of Ramadan

Surrender to Lama Dvora: Inside an Israeli Buddhist community that follows an extreme path to enlightenment

Haaretz - Fri, 2021-05-07 12:10
Dvora Tzvieli, a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, has enthralled hundreds of believers. They compete for the privilege of serving her and are certain she will lead them to enlightenment. Members of the community describe their teacher as a being who suffuses love. But if everything is so good, why are things so bad for some?

Iran's Khamenei says fight against Israel is a public duty

Haaretz - Fri, 2021-05-07 11:28
'The fight against this despotic regime is the fight against oppression and the fight against terrorism'

Jared Moskowitz, Florida’s Democratic ‘master of disaster,’ has stepped down. But he may not be gone for long.

The Forward - Fri, 2021-05-07 11:11
“The governor and I, you know, disagree on masks,” Moskowitz said in an interview days before he left office.

NY Jewish federation sending $200K in COVID relief to India

The Forward - Fri, 2021-05-07 11:05
The grants are focused on providing equipment and relief in hard-to-reach and especially vulnerable communities.
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