The Jewish Privateer Who Helped Defeat the British in the War of 1812

Born in 1780 to a Jewish family with its origins in Spain, Jean Lefitte, together with his brother Pierre, became involved in piracy sometime in the first decade of the 19th century. Robert Rockaway pieces together the facts about his life:

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More about: American Jewish History, Piracy, Sephardim, Spanish Inquisition, U.S history, War of 1812

 

The WHO’s Unhealthy Obsession with Israel

The World Health Assembly—the annual meeting of the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO)—will conclude in Geneva tomorrow. As it has every year since 1968, it dedicated part of its time to discussing “health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.” The fact that this is a permanent yearly agenda item for the assembly has nothing to do with any special medical circumstances in these areas, nor with any particular ability the WHO has to provide healthcare to their inhabitants. Rather, it is another example of the capture of the United Nations by the anti-Israel movement. David May explains:

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More about: Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Joseph Biden, U.S. Foreign policy, United Nations, WHO