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Gaza War Inspires a Third of Israelis to Consider Leaving the Country

For a variety of reasons, the recent war in the Palestinian territory has persuaded an increasing number of Israelis to give serious thought to emigration, according to one poll; in Gambia, the National Assembly passed a law to imprison people for life for “homosexual acts”; meanwhile, it’s important that the left condemn jihad as vehemently as it does Israeli occupation. These discoveries and more below.

Pleas for Civility Meet Cynicism
“Civility” just might be academe’s newest fighting word.

After Gaza War, One-Third of Israelis Consider Emigrating
The truth is that a huge number of young, well-educated, professional Israelis have already decamped, or are making plans to do so, to more hospitable climes in Europe or elsewhere.

The Slimy Rise of the ‘Brand Journalist’
Today on Twitter, Fusion’s Felix Salmon stumbled upon a curious job listing at Storyful, a site that vets and verifies newsworthy social media content for accuracy.

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of ‘Spatial Thinking’
Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments—for better and for worse.

In ‘New York Times’ Ranking, Elite Colleges Are Judged on Economic Diversity
The New York Times’s hotly anticipated college ranking has one thing in common with the invitation-only conference at which it was unveiled on Monday night: It’s mostly private.

Gambia Lawmakers Pass Bill to Jail Gays for Life
Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders.

The Love That Dare Not Bark Its Name
Like most academics, I didn’t settle down until I acquired my first permanent position, which, in my case, was in my mid-30s. Only then was I able to acquire what I’d been yearning for all my life—not marriage, children, or a home of my own, but a dog.

Giving the Diaspora Its Due
The months of war in Gaza have raised intense questions about the nature of the Jewish state. Is Israel acting, as any state has a right to do, to protect itself against enemies bent on its elimination? Or has it gone too far down the road toward religious and ethnic extremism?

The Economist’s Review of My Book Reveals How White People Still Refuse to Believe Black People About Being Black
This is what happens when racism goes viral. This is why, somehow, it still can

Uri Avnery: God’s Armies Marching to Armaggedon
For six decades my friends and I have warned our people: if we don’t make peace with the nationalist Arab forces, we shall be faced with Islamic Arab forces.

Left Must Oppose Jihadism as Well as Israel’s Occupation
The first cause must not be a rival, or a left-wing alternative, to the latter two.

The Power of Mental Pictures
‘Framing’ may have fallen out of favor in Washington, but the field that birthed it—metaphor studies—is going strong.

See Jewish Life Before the Holocaust Through a Newly Released Digital Archive
Roman Vishniac’s extensive work, now open to the public, is ready for some crowd-sourced historical detective work.

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