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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Is it possible to separate Roger Waters’ music from his politics?

By Jim Sullivan, The ForwardPublished July 26, 2022

Though some young rock fans might question Rogers Waters’ relevance in the 21st century, his presence on the American musical landscape this summer has been undeniable and inescapable. The former Pink Floyd singer-songwriter-bassist is on the...

Dairy all round. An Israeli family celebrate the holiday of Shavuot in Tzur Hadassah. Photo by Nati Shohat/flash 90.

8 fun facts about Shavuot in Israel

NAAMA BARAK, Israel21c.orgPublished June 2, 2022

Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to get ready for what is commonly considered the best holiday on the Jewish calendar: Shavuot. Coming seven weeks after Passover (Shavuot means “weeks” in Hebrew), Shavuot begins this year at nightfall on June...

Secretary General of Amnesty International Agnes Callamard (C) attends a press conference in East Jerusalem, on February 1, 2022. Photo by Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ?????
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Rebuffing criticism, Amnesty urges US to pressure Israel over ‘apartheid policies’

Published February 3, 2022

(JNS) Amnesty International on Wednesday called on the United States to pressure Israel “to repeal discriminatory laws and policies,” and to “review” its military aid to the country. In a statement posted on its website, Amnesty’s USA chapter...

Another desperate (and fake) ‘Israeli apartheid’ report

Another desperate (and fake) ‘Israeli apartheid’ report

By Edwin Black, JNSPublished January 31, 2022
In an extraordinary move to attain media synchrony, Amnesty International actually pre-positioned an “embargoed” press release to maximize simultaneous anti-Israel impact.
New immigrants arriving in Israel from India, October 13, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Israeli population reaches 9,449,000 at start of 2022

Israel21CPublished January 5, 2022

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics estimates Israel’s population at 9,449,000 as of December 31, 2021. Of that number, 6,982,000 are Jewish (73.9% of the total population), 1,995,000 are Arab (21.1%) and 472,000 identify as “other” (5%). Israel’s...

Israeli soldier from the Paratroopers Brigade, some of them ultra orthodox Jewish man during a swearing-in ceremony for the Paratroopers Brigade, at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on November 11, 2021. Photo by Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90

Why do Jews have such a love affair with the IDF?

Tabby Refael, JNSPublished December 12, 2021

(Jewish Journal via JNS) I was 16 when I first visited Israel with my mother. She spent most of the trip coming between me and aggressive young Israeli men who thought it was cute when I said, “Shalom, korim li Tabby” (“Hi, I’m Tabby”) with...

On the left, Congressman Jamaal Bowman

Op-Ed: Congressman says Jews are crazy

Rafael MedoffPublished December 3, 2021

(Dr. Medoff is founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and author of more than 20 books about Jewish history and the Holocaust.) Maybe he didn’t mean it the way it sounded, but a U.S. Congressman this week insinuated...

6 findings linked to Macabee warriors

6 findings linked to Macabee warriors

Published November 29, 2021

Just in time for Hanukkah, archeologists revealed new evidence of the long battle between Hellenists and Hasmoneans in the holy land. Hanukkah celebrates the 164 BCE victory of an army, led by a father and sons known as the Maccabees, over Hellenist...

The welcoming “I ♥️ JLM” sculpture between the new and old parts of Jerusalem is a natural Instagram magnet. Photo by Ava Rose

10 perfect Instagrammable spots around Jerusalem

Danya Belkin, Israel21c.orgPublished November 8, 2021

Jerusalem has many Instagram-worthy spots. If you’re looking to liven up your Instagram feed or just want to explore Jerusalem, searching out these places will be not only an enjoyable task, but you will learn much about Jerusalem’s rich history as...

Israeli security forces seen at entrence to the Al-Jalama checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin, January 18, 2018. Israeli forces raid on the West Bank city of Jenin overnight following the drive-by shooting terror attack earlier this month. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ???
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Four terrorists killed, two IDF soldiers wounded in clashes during pursuit of Hamas operatives

LILACH SHOVAL , SHAHAR KLAIMAN, ARIEL KAHANA AND JNS STAFF, JNSPublished September 26, 2021

(September 26, 2021 / Israel Hayom) Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israel Defense Forces troops conducting a counterterrorism operation in the Jenin and Ramallah areas in the early hours of Sunday morning, the IDF said in a statement. At...

Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Israeli cultivated meat pioneer

Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Israeli cultivated meat pioneer

Published September 26, 2021

Israeli cultivated meat startup Aleph Farms recently received an investment from a particularly glamorous source: Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Aleph Farms has developed a technology that creates cultivated meat...

8 reasons to visit Israel in the fall

8 reasons to visit Israel in the fall

Published September 19, 2021

Across the world, people are bemoaning the end of summer and the beginning of a long, dark winter. In Israel, however, a loud collective sigh of relief can be heard as the blistering heat waves that have been tormenting us finally make way for cooler,...

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