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Uri Geller Finds Ottoman-Era Soap Factory

August 14, 2018, by

While visiting the site of the future Uri Geller Museum in Jaffa, the Israeli psychic known for bending cutlery with his mind noticed a pile of rubble that turned out to be the remnants of a 19th-century soap factory. “I felt psychically that there was something under the dirt, in the ground,” Geller said. “I […]

Students Reprimanded for Bad Behavior at Former Concentration Camp Site

August 14, 2018, by

Two Israeli students were expelled from a school trip after being caught on video dancing naked at the site of the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland. Workers at the site caught the pair on video. This incident is the latest in a series involving misbehavior by Israeli students, including a case of vandalism at Auschwitz last year. […]

Hospitals in Israel Report Record Number of Births

August 14, 2018, by

Several hospitals in Israel have reported record-breaking birth numbers, with maternity wards in most hospitals at capacity. It has reached the point that some mothers are being referred to other departments or simply delivering their babies in the hallway. The uptick in births is connected to rising fertility rates in general and the fact that there […]

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Vandalizes Elie Wiesel’s Childhood Home

August 8, 2018, by

Unidentified perpetrators spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls of a museum for Elie Wiesel in Romania, where he was also born. The graffiti on the Memorial House Elie Wiesel in Sighet, eastern Romania, read “public toilet,” “Nazi Jew lying in hell with Hitler” and “Anti-Semite pedophile,” all in florescent pink paint. Wiesel, a Nobel laureate in literature, was […]

Update: Israeli Chess Prodigy to be Permitted to Compete

August 6, 2018, by

We previously reported on how Liel Levitan, a 7-year-old chess prodigy from Haifa, was not being permitted to participate in the World Chess Championship because the host nation, Tunisia, would not allow Israelis to compete. Following pressure, the Tunisian Chess Federation has now agreed to allow a Levitan to participate in the tournament. The FIDE World […]

Airbnb Removes Listing That Would Not Tolerate Zionism

July 31, 2018, by

Airbnb has removed a Chicago-area listing after a renter posted a prohibition on expressions of Zionism. “This apartment strives to be a safe space,” the listing read, “no sexism, homophobia, zionism, racism, classism, transphobia, xenophobia, fatphobia, or other hatred and prejudice is tolerated.” New Yorker Suzanne Vega first posted the listing on Facebook, expressing concern. […]

Archaeologist: Kotel is “Danger Zone”

July 31, 2018, by

Subsequent to a large stone falling from the Kotel, an Israeli archaeologist has declared that the entire Kotel plaza is a “danger zone.” Zachi Dvira, who is completing a PhD on the archaeology of the Temple Mount, is of the opinion that other stones “could immediately fall,” causing injury. Recently, a 220-pound boulder fell in an […]

90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Rocks Comic-Con

July 31, 2018, by

A Holocaust survivor was the real hero at the San Diego Comic-Con. Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax, 90, who survived three Nazi concentration camps, was the main draw on a panel dedicated to “Art During the Holocaust.” Sax described to the overflow crowd how she was examined six times by Josef Mengele at Auschwitz in order to determine […]

Israeli Killed, 2 Wounded in West Bank Terror Attack

July 27, 2018, by

Mohammed Dar Youssef, 17, from the village of Kobar, has stabbed and killed one Israeli and wounded two others in a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem. Youssef climbed the security fence surrounding the Adam settlement and stabbed two men before being shot to death by a third. The man who died has been identified as Yotam Ovadia; […]

Chess Prodigy Banned from Tournament for Being Israeli

July 23, 2018, by

Liel Levitan, a 7-year-old chess prodigy from Haifa, is not being permitted to participate in the World Chess Championship because the host nation, Tunisia, will not allow Israelis to compete. Israeli athletes often face such dscrimination when competing in the Middle East or against Middle Eastern countries. For example, the International Judo Federation recently stripped the […]