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  • Hummus: The Middle-Eastern dish everyone wants to own
    AT AKRAMAWI, a 65-year-old hummus joint by Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, a cook named Nader Tarawe was showing how to prepare hummus. The recipe for hummus b’tahini (as the dish is named) consists of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon. Since it’s relatively simple to make, the variations lie more in how it’s served. Should it be it smooth or lumpy, heavier on the tahini or on the chickpeas, crowned with fava beans or more chickpeas or... Read more »
  • Time for European leaders to face Israel’s unpalatable reality
    HAGAI EL-AD Some breakfasts are more difficult to swallow than others. And so, given a recent speech by a certain American president, the attending foreign ministers at the EU meeting in Brussels this week could have been forgiven for letting their thoughts drift — perhaps to the occupied Palestinian territories. They may well have asked themselves some of the questions Israeli governments have consistently refused to address, such as: given how Israel’s grasp over the West Bank... Read more »
  • New evidence points to poisoning of German-Jewish leader
    GERMAN PROSECUTORS are investigating suspicions that Werner Nachmann, a former head of the Germany’s Jewish community who died at 62 in 1988, was poisoned. The possibility of exhuming his remains and doing an autopsy is being looked into with an eye to launching a murder investigation. The renewed examination of the circumstances of Nachmann’s death, which was attributed to a heart attack at the time, started last summer. It was preceded by an investigative report by... Read more »
  • Education Minister attacked by colleague over civil rights decision
    Attorney General Mandelblit criticises Bennett over cancellation of conference with group over alleged ‘pro-terror activity’ AG blasts Bennett on Association of Civil Rights conference (Ynet) In letter decrying Education Minister Bennett’s decision to cancel conference organised in conjunction with Association of Civil Rights in Israel, examine any future cooperation, AG Mandelblit criticises cancellation, praises Association, orders minister to consult with him on future decisions on matter; Bennett originally pulled out of conference citing organisation’s ‘pro-terror activity’ Ministry cancels... Read more »
  • Rocket attacks prompt Gaza crossing closure, residents on edge
    Ongoing rocket fire following the Jerusalem recognition decision demonstrates how quickly the situation could deteriorate, as it did in 2014 Israel to close Gaza crossings over rocket attacks (Times of Israel) Punitive measure comes as Palestinian terrorist groups launch missiles at Israeli communities night after night Iron Dome missile defence intercepts two rockets fired from Gaza over Israel (Haaretz) Israeli military confirms three rockets fired toward southern communities, two intercepted and one landing in open area As in 2014, fragile... Read more »
  • Netanyahu even more unpopular than Assad, according to poll
    Survey conducted across the region reveals widespread dislike of Israeli PM Poll: Netanyahu beats Assad as least popular Middle East leader (Times of Israel) Pew survey finds sharp dislike for prime minister in region, while Israelis show little love for Saudi King Salman despite reported secret cooperation AND SEE Putin’s Syria victory lap teaches Middle Eastern leaders one important lesson (Haaretz) Visiting Syria, Egypt and Turkey in one day, Putin establishes himself as the only world leader with real influence... Read more »
  • Rabbi Leib Shteinman, ‘Greatest Rabbi of his generation’, dies aged 104
    Tributes pour in for rabbi with international stature Rabbi Shteinman, venerated leader of Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox Jewry, dies at 104 (Times of Israel) Fondly known as the ‘rosh yeshiva,’ the religious authority toed line between political pragmatism and fierce opposition to IDF service Aharon Leib Shteinman, Ultra-Orthodox leader in Israel, dies at 104 (NYT) Rabbi Shteinman, Haredi ‘leader of the generation,’ dies at 104 (Jerusalem Post) Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman was the long-time leader of the non-Hassidic Ashkenazi Haredi community The post... Read more »
  • Twitter wars: Football icon attacked over video of caged Palestinian kids
    Former England star Gary Lineker attacked by former  Israeli official and supporters for criticising abuse of human rights Gary Lineker hounded on Twitter for sharing video of caged Palestinian children (Middle East Eye) Former England footballer Gary Lineker has been hounded by Israel supporters on Twitter after sharing a video of young Palestinian children being held in a small cage by Israeli forces. The video, published by the human rights group B’tselem, shows Israeli soldiers gathering and violently... Read more »