To understand Israel, listen to its pop music

Posted on June 18th, 2018

An article about Israel on the occasion of the country’s 70th birthday seems to demand some or all of the following words: Trump, war, Iran, Gaza, Netanyahu, Palestinians, Syria, Jerusalem. But Israel isn’t a geopolitical problem – it’s a country, and the tendency to limit discussion of this country to those terms renders invisible much of what makes it interesting. What I find most remarkable, having lived here for the past 23 years, is Israel’s bewildering and fast-moving society, the complexities of which are usually overlooked by observers. The question of what “Israeli” means in 2018, and how that’s changing and why, are particularly important ones at this anniversary. One good way to answer is to listen to pop music.

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3-D Printing Gets Fashion Makeover in Tel Aviv

Posted on June 11th, 2018
By Dina Kraft for Hadassah Magazine

Eden Saadon was a design student in Tel Aviv studying textiles when she came across a television ad for a pen that could be used to create material to build small 3-D printed structures. Intrigued, she ordered it and spent the next year working to perfect what began as a hunch: The pen could be used to print clothing.

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3 Lessons from Roseanne's Offensive Tweet

Posted on June 4th, 2018
by Dr. Yvette Alt Miller for

What we can take from ABC’s abrupt cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s hit show.

ABC has cancelled Roseanne Barr’s popular hit comedy series after she tweeted an offensive racist message about former President Barack Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, May 28, Roseanne issued the tweet, then tweeted several other offensive and incorrect messages concerning Ms. Jarrett. ABC’s response was swift: it cancelled the show despite its success, earning the network an estimated $45 million this past year.

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Iraqi musicians fight to revive ancient art of maqam

Posted on May 28th, 2018
By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor

Rooted in classical and colloquial Arab poetry and embracing a wide repertoire of melodies, the Iraqi maqam is considered a symbol of the musical history of Iraq and the Middle East. Inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008, the Iraqi maqam is still alive, whereas many Arab musical styles in the region have either disappeared or become Westernized over time.

A link between the people in Iraq and those who have been displaced or left the country long ago, maqam is also symbolic for the Iraqi Jews who still play maqam concerts, even in Israel.

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Keeping it real with Amy Schumer

Posted on May 21st, 2018
By Ben Welch for TheJC


We talk to the comedian about conquering low self esteem, early antisemitic experiences and THAT Instagram pic

Most actors when they call in sick from promotional duties are usually making an excuse for a hangover. Not Amy Schumer. The stand-up comedian, who is fast becoming one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, has just spent five days hospitalised with a “horrible kidney infection”, under the watchful eyes of the doctors, her sister Kim and chef Chris Fischer, her husband, whom she married in February.

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