Talking about practice? How ‘Ted Lasso’ and Allen Iverson explain the uproar over Ben & Jerry’s settlement pullout

(JTA) — My favorite moment of “Ted Lasso,” the hit TV show about a relentlessly kind American hired to coach professional soccer in London, comes when Ted berates his star player for sitting out practice. “You’re sitting in here, you’re supposed to be the franchise player, and yet here we are, talking about you missing […]

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Exaggerated pop-culture Holocaust stories make it hard for educators like me to teach the truth

This piece was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for its newsletters here. (Chalkbeat via JTA) — “Hey, I did have one question …” That was the tentative opening to an email I recently received from a high school teacher. The Ninth Candle, the Holocaust education organization I […]

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The Ben & Jerry’s boycott is not an attack on Israel. It is protesting a specific policy.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — When I talk with Palestinian friends, I argue against BDS. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, I explain, has done little economic damage to Israel. It has only strengthened the right wing here while rendering Palestinians under occupation — along with the occupation itself — conveniently invisible to most Israelis. For similar reasons, I also argue […]

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What Is the Green Line?

The Green Line refers to the line of demarcation that separated Israeli, Jordanian, Syrian and Egyptian forces at the conclusion of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. It was delineated in the 1949 armistice agreements that formally ended the war and served as Israel’s de facto international border until the 1967 Six-Day War. Its name derives […]

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