The Ongoing Saga of the Birds’-Head Haggadah

April 27 2016

The oldest extant illuminated manuscript of the Haggadah—the odd title derives from its drawings of humans with the heads of birds—has been in the possession of the Israel Museum for seven decades, and normally goes on display around Passover. But it came to the museum under irregular circumstances, and now Eli Barzilai, whose German-Jewish grandparents possessed the manuscript when the Nazis came to power, is seeking restitution. The Associated Press reports:

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More about: German Jewry, Haggadah, History & Ideas, Holocaust, Israel Museum, Nazis

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror