Sundown: The Plot Against Ahmadinejad
Plus R.I.P. Penn, the Jew of ‘Mad Men,’ and more
Another (and the final) extra-long Sundown in honor of another (and final) extra-short week in honor of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.
• The new Text/Context, which is published in a partnership between The Jewish Week and Nexbook Inc., has dropped. [Text/Context]
In a late article today, Mideast columnist Lee Smith profiles José María Aznar, the former Spanish prime minister who is now a major international actor in defending Israel. [Tablet Magazine]
• Noting that President Ahmadinejad is visiting Lebanon next month, influential columnist Aluf Benn has an idea: Kidnap him. [Haaretz]
• They’re young. They’re in love. They’re Polish neo-Nazi skinheads who turned out to be Jewish and are now practicing Orthodox Jews. [JPost]
• Borat is please to explain how great and impressive Israeli coalition government function for benefit of mankind. [Haaretz]
• David Miliband, one-time foreign secretary and older brother of new Labour leader Ed, is backing away from high-profile politics in deference to his victorious sibling. [AP/NYT]
• Jewish Fiction.net. Bookmark it.
• Don Draper’s love interest on this season of Mad Men is (like in season one) a Jew. [LAT]
• Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon see their best hope for returning to the land not in a peace deal but in continued violence that eventually leads to Israel caving. [Christian Science Monitor]
• In 2000, as peace talks faltered, Yasser Arafat ordered Hamas to conduct terrorist attacks. [JPost]
• What is up with Jews not really drinking much alcohol? [Forward]
• There are more American Jews living in poverty than ever before. [Jewish Week]
• Why the rest of America is going kosher. [TNR’s The Book]
• A profile/interview of controversial Israeli journalist Gideon Levy. [The Independent]
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