In Britain, Jewish Actors Fear Blacklisting

During the recent war between Israel and Hamas, the British actors’ union issued a statement of “solidarity” with Palestinians, condemning Israel’s “disproportionate actions,” and called on members to attend a London demonstration—where Israeli flags were burned and protestors displayed and chanted anti-Semitic slogans. Dame Maureen Lipman, a prominent actress and staunch defender of the Jewish state, resigned in protest. But Jewish performing artists in the UK face greater problems still, writes Jenni Frazer:

The actress Tracy-Ann Oberman . . . said Jewish actors were beginning to hide their Stars of David at auditions. “We are terrified of being thought of as Zionists,” she said. “One actor was turned on when it was found that he had family in Israel.

One young actor told [reporters]: “It was the first day of a Zoom read-through for a possible new theatre show. We all introduced ourselves online, which is standard practice—who we are, where we are from, what we have been up to professionally. When it was my turn, . . . I explained that I had been working on a treatment, hopefully for TV, based on my own family’s experience and history of fleeing pogroms in Russia.

“In front of the whole cast and director, an actor sneered on the screen and told me, ‘look what you’re doing in Palestine. That’s a pogrom.’”

The agent Emma Engers said: “I’ve worked in the entertainment industry for 25 years and for the first time in my experience, Jewish actors are telling me that they’re frightened of identifying as being Jewish upon joining a new cast or in the rehearsal room. Young Jewish drama students are terrified . . . of repercussions.”

Read more at Jewish Chronicle

More about: Anglo-Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Theater, United Kingdom


Hizballah Is Learning Israel’s Weak Spots

On Tuesday, a Hizballah drone attack injured three people in northern Israel. The next day, another attack, targeting an IDF base, injured eighteen people, six of them seriously, in Arab al-Amshe, also in the north. This second attack involved the simultaneous use of drones carrying explosives and guided antitank missiles. In both cases, the defensive systems that performed so successfully last weekend failed to stop the drones and missiles. Ron Ben-Yishai has a straightforward explanation as to why: the Lebanon-backed terrorist group is getting better at evading Israel defenses. He explains the three basis systems used to pilot these unmanned aircraft, and their practical effects:

These systems allow drones to act similarly to fighter jets, using “dead zones”—areas not visible to radar or other optical detection—to approach targets. They fly low initially, then ascend just before crashing and detonating on the target. The terrain of southern Lebanon is particularly conducive to such attacks.

But this requires skills that the terror group has honed over months of fighting against Israel. The latest attacks involved a large drone capable of carrying over 50 kg (110 lbs.) of explosives. The terrorists have likely analyzed Israel’s alert and interception systems, recognizing that shooting down their drones requires early detection to allow sufficient time for launching interceptors.

The IDF tries to detect any incoming drones on its radar, as it had done prior to the war. Despite Hizballah’s learning curve, the IDF’s technological edge offers an advantage. However, the military must recognize that any measure it takes is quickly observed and analyzed, and even the most effective defenses can be incomplete. The terrain near the Lebanon-Israel border continues to pose a challenge, necessitating technological solutions and significant financial investment.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Hizballah, Iron Dome, Israeli Security