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Sundown: Standoff at Joseph’s Tomb

Plus notes on Barenboim’s concert, and more

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Daniel Barenboim (center) and other performers at the Gaza concert.(Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

• Fifty-five Bratslav Hasidim and right-wing activists boarded themselves up in Joseph’s Tomb, in the West Bank. The stunt ended, predictably, with 55 arrests. [Haaretz]

• The musical performance conducted by Daniel Barenboim earlier this week in Gaza gets nearly 1400 words in the Times. Interesting note: Barenboim and the performers entered via the Rafah crossing, which is to say, Egypt. [NYT]

• Israeli citizens are about to get new identity cards, complete with biometric chips and creepy, gratuitous Holocaust symbolism. [972]

• The City University of New York nixed an honorary degree that John Jay College planned to grant playwright Tony Kushner, because of his alleged endorsement of the BDS movement. [NY Jewish Week]

• Mayor Bloomberg declares May “Birthright Israel Month” in New York. Funny, I’m still not on a trip. [JTA]

• There have been Internet-inaccessible smartphones for the observant before, but the first one in Yiddish just dropped. [Ynet]

From 1977, Jerry Seinfeld’s first-ever television appearance. Those collars! That accent!! Those pants!!!

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fw says:

Won’t bother reading the piece. Barenboim is a great musician, and you can’t help but applaud the mission he’s undertaken and the idealism that motivates it. But I do wonder whether he’s come to grips with what a charlatan his old friend, Edward Said, was.

T/Ramat-Gan/Israel says:

What is the connection of Barenboim to Judaism or Jewish culture ?


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Sundown: Standoff at Joseph’s Tomb

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