🇮🇱 Israel’s High Court disqualified a key Netanyahu ally from serving as a minister. Aryeh Deri, chair of the Shas party and newly-appointed interior and health minister, was convicted of tax fraud last year. The court decision sent shockwaves through Netanyahu’s governing coalition, with another Shas minister saying that “there will be no government” without Deri. (Washington Post)
🙄 From the department of “I do not think those words mean what you think they mean:” Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Western efforts to solve “the Russian question” were akin to Nazi’s plans for a “‘final’ solution to the Jewish question” during the Holocaust. This is the same man who sparked international outrage last year by claiming Hitler had “Jewish blood.” (Reuters)
😡 From the department of “really guys, one bad Nazi comparison a day is enough:” former President Donald Trump compared the FBI’s 2022 raid of his Mar-a-Lago club to the Gestapo. Trump allies began using that analogy shortly after the raid, prompting a rebuke from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Twitter, Insider)
👀 Update: George Washington University announced it would investigate the complaint we noted in Friday’s newsletter accusing a professor of antisemitism. The complaint, filed by the pro-Israel watchdog StandWithUs last week, says that the professor, Lara Sheehi, told one student “It’s not your fault you were born in Israel,” and accused students who complained about a guest lecturer’s controversial statements on Israel of being Islamaphobic. (JTA)
🖼️ Descendants of a German-Jewish banker are suing over a Van Gogh painting they say their family sold under duress under the Nazi regime. The heirs of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy say he was forced to sell one of Van Gogh’s renowned “Sunflower” paintings in 1934, after restrictions imposed by the Reich crippled him financially. (JTA)
👏 The National Jewish Book Awards gave its top prize to a book about Black Jewish identity. Michael Twitty’s “Koshersoul,” a memoir and reflection on the foodways of Jews and African Americans, was named Jewish book of the year for 2022 — the first book by a Black American Jew to win the award. (JTA, Twitter)
😮 Meet the inventor of the abortion pill, who was a teenage gunrunner for the French Resistance during World War II and keeps works by Maimonides on his bookshelf. Étienne-Émile Baulieu faced comparisons to, you guessed it, the Holocaust, when he debuted his invention, including the accusation during a TV debate that it would “kill more human beings than Hitler, Mao Zedong and Stalin combined.”“You can’t say it’s like Hitler,” Dr. Baulieu exclaimed. “Don’t say things that would make me laugh if this weren’t a serious debate.” (New York Times)
Shiva call ➤ Zigi Shipper, Holocaust survivor and proponent of Holocaust education in the U.K., died at 93.
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