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Herzl’s Bicycle

(This repost marks Herzl’s death on July 3rd). The top photo is of a mini sculpture near the Budapest synagogue and is based on the second photo on display in the Vienna Jewish Museum. The third photo is of the actual bicycle, also on display in the Vienna Jewish Museum. Read Herzl’s The Jewish State…

Zionism and the Black Church: Second Edition

The Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel founder, Dumisani Washington, has just published a second edition of his book. His son, Joshua Washington, has now taken over the reins of IBSI and also hosts an interesting podcast. black churchDumisani WashingtonIsraelJoshua Washingtonregressive leftZionism

John Le Carré on Israel

Israel is “The most extraordinary carnival of human variety that I have ever set eyes on, a nation in the process of re-assembling itself from the shards of its past, now Oriental, now Western, now secular, now religious, but always anxiously moralizing about itself, criticizing itself with Maoist ferocity, a nation crackling with debate, rediscovering…

Herzl’s Bicycle

Marking Theodor Herzl’s birth date. The top photo is of a mini sculpture near the Budapest synagogue and is based on the second photo on display in the Vienna Jewish Museum. The third photo is of the actual bicycle, also on display in the Vienna Jewish Museum. Read Herzl’s The Jewish State here; an audio book…

Major General Mordechai Hod

Uncle Motti, born on this day. See obits in The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Washington Post. Hod originally had the surname Fine which he changed later on to Hod, keeping with the prevalent custom that period of taking a Hebrew surname when joining the armed forces. IsraelMordechai Hod

The “Dhimmi” Jew vs. the “Maccabean” Jew

The redoubtable, incisive and subtle Douglas Murray is the only current public intellectual I’ve come across to have read Gregor von Rezzori’s Memoirs of an Anti-Semite. While Murray points to Rezzori’s central psychological insight that anti-Semitism is a form of prestige (i.e. snobbery), I want to add a further complicating wrinkle to the discussion. That is,…

Already Ready Already

The latest Galactic album dropped today. Here is a review in OffBeat. Here too is the band’s own blurb. You can listen to the album here. Amy Winehouse fans will enjoy this. Oh yes I forgot to mention that the album also features Princess Shaw, whose lovely story is documented here. (Princess Shaw tells me that…

Walter Laqueur

New York Times — Washington Post The possibility that Europe will become a museum or a cultural amusement park for the nouveau riche of globalization is not completely out of the question. HistoryHolocaustIsraelJewsterrorismWalter LaqueurZionism