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Falling for Hamas’s Split-Screen Fallacy

JERUSALEM — During my years in the international press here in Israel, long before the bloody events of this week, I came to respect Hamas for its keen ability to tell a story.<p>At the end of 2008 I was a desk editor, a local hire in The Associated Press’s Jerusalem bureau, during the first serious …

Israel

Don’t blame the embassy opening for the violence in Gaza. Blame Hamas.

I am no fan of President Trump and I am ready to blame him for a lot of things — but not for the terrible bloodshed in the Gaza Strip on Monday. Yes, the confrontation between Palestinians and Israeli security forces occurred at the same time as the unveiling of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. …

Israel

What early Christians knew that modern Christians don’t: Women make great leaders

The Southern Baptist Convention is having a reckoning with the #MeToo movement this week. More than 2,000 Southern Baptist women signed an open letter Sunday condemning comments made by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson, in which he described a young man’s lewd …

Iranian forces fire rockets at Israeli military in first direct attack ever, Israel’s army says

TIBERIAS, Israel — Confrontation between Israel and Iranian forces in Syria sharply escalated early Thursday morning as Israel said Iran launched a barrage of 20 missiles toward its positions in the Golan Heights.<p>Heavy military jet activity, explosions and air-defense fire could be heard throughout …

Middle East

Every Culture Appropriates

The question is less whether a dress or an idea is borrowed, than the uses to which it’s then put.<p>Meet the Death Metal Cowboys of Botswana. In black leather decorated with metal studs, they play a pounding style of music that people who know more than me trace to the British band “Venom” and its …

Cultural Appropriation

Vatican Reportedly Signs Historic Agreement With Saudi Arabia To Allow The Construction Of New Churches

Christian residents of the Islamic nation may finally be able to worship openly with the approval of the Saudi government.<p>The lack of religious …

How my 19-year-old daughter overcame her crippling anxiety

It’s not breaking news that my 19-year-old daughter Jadi lives with crippling anxiety. It hit like a hurricane when she was 13 and we had to pull her out for a season during the eighth grade. When she returned, it was only with her mother as her constant companion.<p>Yes, for the last few months of …

How to clean shoes in the washer (without ruining them)

Stepping in a mud puddle doesn't mean you need to handwash your shoes. You can get them clean quickly in the washing machine, instead. There are some important tips to follow to keep your shoes from falling apart in the washer, though. Here's what you need to know.<p>What shoes to wash<p>Some shoes are …

Cleaning

US pastor denies terror links, spying in Turkish court

ALIAGA, Turkey (AP) — An American pastor on Monday denied accusations that he aided terror groups or spied against Turkey, speaking at the beginning …

I, It, Thou

Martin Buber’s classic <i>I and Thou</i> describes a doubleness in human life that is captured by two “primary words,” <i>I-It</i> and <i>I-Thou</i> . The contrast is not …

Dining Rooms

The staggering body count as California newspapers founder, and democracy loses

The body count is staggering.<p>In my 43 years as a journalist, armies of trained bloodhounds have been run out of newsrooms where I've worked, victims of layoffs, and buyouts, and battle fatigue. I've lost so many hundreds of colleagues, I can't keep track of where they ended up.<p>These were smart, …

Let’s take a deep breath about Facebook’s ‘breach of trust’

BEFORE RUSHING to judgment on the latest surge of disclosures about Facebook data and how it was used by Cambridge Analytica, everyone should take a deep breath. The very essence of Facebook and social media is to share information, to entertain and enlighten users, and to sustain a business model …

How Cambridge Analytica’s whistleblower became Facebook’s unlikely foe

LONDON — The crisis ravaging Facebook started when a young researcher, regretful over his role in turning data on an estimated tens of millions of U.S. voters into a high-tech political persuasion machine, decided to come forward with his story. And he imagined that Facebook, whose user profiles …

Donald Trump

The serendipity of distraction

Why is it that certain activities lead us so eagerly astray?<p>March 14, 2018 —“How about a fire?” my husband says, heading for the wood stove, and I …

Remote Controls

Free Gaza spox admits activist initiated fatal 2010 violence aboard Mavi Marmara

LONDON — A leading pro-Palestinian campaigner involved in the flotilla that attempted to enter Gaza in May 2010 has appeared to corroborate Israel’s …

Here is why they should make it harder for Trump to get guns

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.<p>Tom Toles is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Post and writes the Tom Toles blog. …

Guns

Who is the Lord of Israel?

Jesus not only stands among his disciples and the crowds; he also somehow stands above and beyond history.

I’m Glad I Got Booed at CPAC

I’ve been a conservative my entire life. I fell hard for William F. Buckley as a teenager and my first job was as editorial assistant at Buckley’s National Review, followed by stints writing speeches for first lady Nancy Reagan and then working for the Gipper himself. Looking toward the 1988 race, …

Donald Trump

The Syria Memory Hole Is Opening Up a Bigger Danger

A world more tolerant of conflict -- like the death of hundreds of Russians by U.S. forces -- is likely to become more violent.<p>Sometimes the biggest events are those that don’t get the most publicity, and the lack of notice itself is part of the story. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes referred …

Foreign Policy

Did Archaeologists Just Prove the Existence of Prophet Isaiah?

A stunning article published Thursday announced that archaeologists have stumbled upon the first physical evidence of the existence of the prophet …

Theology

The Israeli academy continuing the unprecedented revival of the Hebrew language

In Biblical Hebrew, there were approximately 7,000 words. Modern Hebrew has approximately 33,000 words.<p>><br>• ><p>Gabriel Birnbaum, senior researcher at …

Israel

The good news about Gaza you won’t hear on the BBC

Donald Trump’s election as US president has meant the whole notion of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ is now very much part of a wider conversation. But for decades before the Trump era, more honest or open-minded journalists were aware that some of their colleagues often didn’t tell the whole …

The Anti-Christian Alt-Right | Matthew Rose

As you may know, many young conservatives have left Christianity,” the message begins. “Although I was raised Catholic, I too am leaving Catholicism, …

Prisoners Are Not Animals

Last week, Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar was sentenced to 40–175 years in prison for many counts of criminal sexual assault. He abused young girls for …

Are Evangelical Christians anti-Palestinian?

To the contrary, Scripture teaches us to love both Arabs and Jews.<p>Evangelical Christians from around the world wave their national flags along with …

A Map of the Soul

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This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Jersey

The birth of an anthem: Hava Nagilah

The famous song's humble beginnings.<p>><br>• ><p>La petite histoire de Hava Naguila. (photo credit: DR)<p>During the First World War the small Jewish settlement in …

Russian historian who exposed Stalin's crimes faces enforced psychiatric testing | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian historian whose exposure of Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s crimes angered state officials is due to begin enforced psychiatric testing this week amid fears he will be falsely declared insane, his lawyer said on Tuesday.<p>FILE PHOTO: Historian Yuri Dmitriev accused of using …

'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek on leave after brain surgery, says 'prognosis is excellent'

Alex Trebek’s no-nonsense tone is something of his trademark. The “Jeopardy!” host has employed it in more than 6,800 episodes of the game show, doling out kind rebukes and droll affirmations to players.<p>Trebek used that same tone Thursday to announce on YouTube that he’s on a leave of absence from …