A New History of the Tree of Life Massacre Corrects Some Misconceptions, and Creates Others

Nov. 16 2021

October 27 marked the third anniversary of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history. The occasion was accompanied by the publication of a thorough account of the massacre and its aftermath, written by the journalist Mark Oppenheimer. In his review, Jonathan Sarna praises this “detailed and well written” book for correcting many widespread misconceptions about the shooting, as well for delving into the nature of the Squirrel Hill Jewish community. But Sarna also points to some failings:

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More about: American Judaism, Anti-Semitism, Synagogues, Tree of Life massacre

China Seems Poised to Offer Iran More Weapons and Cyberwarfare Assistance

Last month, the Chinese minister of defense, together with senior military figures, paid a visit to Tehran, where they met with their Iranian counterparts, as well as with the Iranian president. Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky doubt the talks will result in a grand Sino-Iranian alliance, but they nonetheless expect increased collaboration between the two countries. For many years, they note, Beijing has evaded or violated embargoes to sell arms to the Islamic Republic, and there’s reason to expect more of the same:

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More about: China, Cyberwarfare, Iran, Israel-China relations, Israeli Security