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Latest on the crisis in Israel • AOC rips Yang for Israel support • Pew says 3/4 of Orthodox back GOP
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Latest on the crisis in Israel • AOC rips Yang for Israel support • Pew says 3/4 of Orthodox back GOP

An Israeli firefighter extinguishes a burning car after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the city of Ashkelon, May 11, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
An Israeli firefighter extinguishes a burning car after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the city of Ashkelon, May 11, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)


Exchanges of fire continued in Israel and Gaza on Wednesday with mounting casualties, while Arab-Israelis took to the streets across Israel in their largest protests in decades, with some turning violent.

More on the spiraling conflict in Jerusalem and Gaza:

Leadership crises among Israelis and Palestinians have allowed clashes to mushroom into what looks to be a war.

Police arrested dozens of Arabs in connection with rioting in Lod, Haifa and elsewhere in the Negev region.

Social media have enabled those outside of the region to see what’s happening almost in real-time — and to shape the narrative on the ground.

JCRC-NY, UJA-Federation of New York and the Israeli Consulate are holding a virtual solidarity rally “to demonstrate our unbreakable bond with the people of Israel,” today, 5:00 pm. Register here.

Some pro-Israel Democrats, including Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, are calling on both sides of the conflict to back down.

In a statement, Nadler started out by condemning Hamas. But then the Jewish lawmaker added: “I remain deeply concerned by the violence in Jerusalem, including Israeli police violence, and I urge all parties to exercise restraints.”

Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens), vice chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, did not criticize Israel. “My heart is with both Israeli and Palestinian families who have spent the night sheltering from bombs and incendiary balloons launched by Hamas. Israel has every right to defend itself from Hamas’s terrorist attacks and from rocket fire that threatens the lives of Israelis,” read her statement.

Progressives were more typically critical of Israel. “Enough of Black and brown bodies being brutalized and murdered, especially children. Enough of the inhumanity. The White House must act,” tweeted Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-Bronx/Westchester).

Pro-Palestinian activists piled on NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang for his tweet saying “I’m standing with the people of Israel.”

The businessman and former Democratic presidential candidate was asked not to come to an event in Astoria marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens) tweeted that it is “utterly shameful for Yang to try to show up to an Eid [ul-Fitr] event after sending out a chest-thumping statement of support for a strike killing 9 children, especially after his silence as Al-Aqsa was attacked.”

Pew released its latest study of American Jews, finding that they’re older, more educated, richer and less religious, on average, than the rest of the country.

Here are 10 takeaways from the study, released Tuesday. Highlights:

Politics: According to Pew, 75% of Orthodox Jews are Republicans, compared to 57% in 2013.

Israel: Most American Jews feel some emotional attachment to Israel, but most rate Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, negatively.

Diversity: Pew found that 92% of Jews say they are only white, and only 8% said they are Black, Hispanic, Asian, other minority races or multiracial.

More: Andrew Silow-Carroll explains how studies like these have shaped Jewish life. Rachel B. Gross sees “evidence of the innovative and ever-changing ways Jewish religion is practiced, not grounds for panic.” Rabbi Lex Rofeberg says we should listen to the voices of interfaith families. And Edieal Pinker says the community should be investing in its “most connected and religiously affiliated” segment, the Orthodox.

New York, New York

Mayoral candidate Dianne Morales is picking up endorsements from groups that are abandoning City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Two Brooklyn political clubs, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn and Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, endorsed the former nonprofit executive after Stringer faced allegations of sexual misconduct, the Daily News Reports.

The New York Times endorsed former NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia for mayor.

An editorial says Garcia “best understands how to get New York back on its feet and has the temperament and the experience to do so.”

Read Garcia’s responses to a Jewish Week questionnaire and where she stands on fighting anti-Semitism, relations with the haredi Orthodox community, specialized high schools and other topics.

Abeles & Heymann will sell its kosher hot dogs at Trader Joe’s.

The Hillside, N.J. company — founded in 1954 in the Bronx — will ship its 14-oz. beef hot dogs to Trader Joe’s stores ahead of Memorial Day.

Streaming Today

What can we learn from the history of Holocaust reparations that can inform our thinking about reparations for Black Americans? Jewish Theological Seminary presents the Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture In Law And Ethics, with Margalynne J. Armstrong, Santa Clara University School of Law; William A. Darity Jr., coauthor of “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century”; and Susan Neiman, author of “Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil.” Register here. Noon.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research presents cookbook author Leah Koenig in an online cooking demonstration highlighting one of Rome’s most beloved Jewish dishes, concia, a bright and silky marinated zucchini dish. The recipe is available. Reservations here. 1:00 pm.

Progressive Israel Network presents a conversation about the cycle of provocation and retaliation that is rapidly escalating in Jerusalem and Gaza. Panelists include Huda Abuarquob, the Alliance for Middle East Peace’s on-the-ground regional director; Daniel Seidemann; the founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem; and Hagit Ofran, co-director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch project. Register here. 2:00 pm.

Robert Siegel, former senior host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” interviews Steve Coll (dean, Columbia Journalism School; CNN’s Brian Stelter and NPR’s David Folkenflik about the future of journalism after the pandemic and Trump presidency. Global Connections: Navigating the New Abnormal is presented monthly by American Friends of Rabin Medical Center. Register here. 4:00 pm.

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