Was Israel’s Egyptian spy actually answering to Anwar Sadat? Egypt’s intelligence chief in 1973 said recently that Ashraf Marwan, an Egyptian billionaire who had spied for Israel, in fact helped Sadat deceive Israel ahead of the Yom Kippur War.
Who is ‘Judaizing’ King David’s Tomb?The Israel Antiquities Authority’s peculiar decision not to reconstruct smashed Ottoman tiles in King David’s Tomb means the vandals who attacked the site last year managed to erase virtually every remnant of its Muslim past. Read more.
Gay and Jewish in wartime Berlin: The link between homosexuality and Zionism. A fascinating exhibition in Berlin is dedicated to a group of gay and lesbian German Jews who fought for the rights of both communities during Nazi rule. Read more.
Abortions were rampant in pre-state Israel, a new study finds. Yishuv leader David Ben-Gurion and other leaders railed against birth control by means of abortion, which was primarily a result of the financial insecurity of the time. Read more.
A new Israeli film debunks the myth that Nazis made soap from the bodies of Jews. The legend was apparently spread by guards as psychological torture of Jewish inmates, according to the film ‘Soaps’ by director Eyal Balas.
The Jewish women who pioneered modern Arab music: Why were Jewish female singers so prominent among the pioneers of modern Arab music? And how did it come about that in Morocco and other places, they are engraved in the collective memory and remembered with esteem − yet most Israelis never heard of them?
How the humble Jewish herring became haute American cuisine:Jews from Eastern Europe brought the recipe to America, where it became a cheap protein; but the status of herring in the culinary world changed when the little fish made aliyah to Israel. Read more.
An album of everyday life in Jerusalem: Twelve double-spreads that describe daily life in Jerusalem during major periods of its history, beginning with the biblical patriarchs and ending today, have now been published in a book. Read more.
Chaim Weizmann’s visit to Palestine 95 years ago, now on YouTube: A rare clip documenting the future first president of Israel’s visit to Palestine represents the “first steps towards the establishment of Israel,” says cinema scholar Yaakov Gross. Read more.