The New York Times reported Tuesday on the installation of a cross at the St. Nicholas National Shrine beneath the World Trade Center. The Times’ article included a most curious assertion:
Monday morning, I had to walk around the southeast corner of 19th & N while construction workers poured the newest sidewalk in DC.
By Tuesday morning, their work was mostly complete, yet I couldn’t help but notice that someone had — rather than avoiding the new pavement, like I did — taken the opportunity to share his or her personal opinion with everyone who walks by for the next ~decade:
One of my favorite Colbert Report clips of all time — all time — came when Stephen reported on Israel’s selection of the long-billed hoopoe as its national bird. He concluded the brief segment like so:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens parody twitter accounts have seemingly spread faster than lightspeed. While the quality of these accounts can feel more uneven than a cage match between Oola and a Rancor (looking at you, Tough Love Leia), one in particular comes near and dear to my heart: Dad Joke Han Solo.
For regular readers (if such a thing still exists after my recent hiatus), the attraction may be obvious. For everyone else, I would urge you to compare the conclusion of this nearly three year-old post (“if you ever run into an Israeli soldier with [a Darth Vader-inspired mask] obstructing his visage, let him know: “I find your lack of face disturbing”) with one of Han’s most popular missives:
Last week, Haaretz published a report about a minor trend that sees some Birthright students who become more critical of Israel’s policies after visiting. The piece devotes extensive coverage to notorious anti-Israel advocate Elisheva Goldberg* (who did not come to Israel through Birthright, but does volunteer with Extend, an organization that takes Birthright participants on follow-up tours of the West Bank). The article even refers to the incident that the first link in this paragraph is about (this one, if that’s confusing).
*If you don’t know why, you should probably read the link.
Though on the surface, the piece goes into great detail concerning Ms. Goldberg’s interests and activities — listing pretty much every trip she has taken abroad over the past decade or so — Haaretz appears to have gone to great lengths to actually obscure the true nature of Elisheva’s past. Because this blog has devoted a great deal of space (that’s three separate links) to the task of thoroughly exposing that past, it shall continue to do so now.
On Israeli Memorial Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with several children whose parents were killed serving in the Israel Defense Forces. At some point in the discussion, a little girl asked Bibi how he felt when his brother was famously killed in the raid on Entebbe. Here’s the brief exchange, captioned in English:
Tablet Magazine’s article about Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, “The Singapore Story is the Israel Story“, was published on March 25. Here’s a thing that it says:
Earlier today, Barack Obama suggested that he would not quickly forget the Israeli Prime Minister’s pre-election remarks concerning the viability of a Palestinian state:
President Obama took two days to “congratulate” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his recent re-election, which prompted the New York Times to wonder “whether the [Obama administration’s antagonism toward Netanyahu] represents a lasting foreign policy shift.” Let’s investigate! We’ll begin our studies with Iran, of all places. Consider the following Press Statement published today by the State Department:
Bibi looks set to remain Israel’s Prime Minister for a fourth term, so this is a good opportunity to remind you that there is no shortage of crazy Middle Eastern heads of state — but also that Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not be one of them. Erdogan caught some flak towards the end of last year when he asserted that “Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus, in 1178.”