Jewish humour stripped bare

Jewish humour stripped bare

What makes Jews so funny – Ayelett Shani – Haaretz 20.02.16 Prof. Arie Sover of Ashkelon Academic College,  founder of the Israeli Society for Humor Research, explains where Holocaust humor comes from, why Jews are at the forefront of American comedy and...
Chief rabbi wins seat in Ugandan parliament

Chief rabbi wins seat in Ugandan parliament

Uganda rabbi wins opposition seat in parliament as authoritarian leader clings to power – Sam Kestenbaum – The Forward 24.02.16 Jewish political history has just been made — in Uganda. An African Jew, and chief rabbi no less, has just won a parliamentary seat, a first...
IDF warns Gaza economic woes could breed violence

IDF warns Gaza economic woes could breed violence

Gaza seaport plans pit senior Israeli military officers against Netanyahu, Ya’alon – Amos Harel – Haaretz 24.02.16 IDF brass say Gaza’s economic woes are leading to another war, while PM and Defence Minister stick to stringent security demands. Read report...
Umberto Eco – fiction and lies

Umberto Eco – fiction and lies

Protocols – David Samuels – Tablet Magazine 21.11.2011 and 24.02.16 A revealing 2011 conversation with Umberto Eco, who died last week at 84, about antsemitism in fiction, his novel ‘The Prague Cemetery,’ and the difference between fiction and lies. Read article...
Egyptian president’s ‘road map’ for the Palestinians

Egyptian president’s ‘road map’ for the Palestinians

The mysterious meeting between Abbas and Sisi – Shlomi Eldar – Al-Monitor 22.02.16 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has his own ‘road map’ and demanded, in meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, that Fatah reconcile with Hamas and that...