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Birthright Israel celebration connects students at Hillel through music, food and Dead Sea salt scrubs

By Krissy Harris For Mitzpeh @KrissyPrances21 The multi-purpose room at Maryland Hillel was abuzz Wednesday night for the Birthright Israel celebration, full of students who will be attending an upcoming Birthright Israel trip and Birthright student alumni. “I think [a Birthright network] creates a really awesome, diverse Jewish ...

Israeli activist joins Terps for Israel to speak on importance of intersectionality

By Ben Curtis For Mitzpeh @ben_curtis12 “A big part of intersectionality is showing up and supporting each other.” That was the prevailing message from Hen Mazzig, an Israeli activist who spoke at this university’s campus on Wednesday, Oct. 23 on the issue of Israel and intersectionality. Mazzig’s speech largely recounted ...

Avirah teaches, shares Israeli dance with local community

By Matt Levine For Mitzpeh @_MattSLevine Avirah, this university's Israeli Dance Company, performs and teaches Israeli dance all across the East Coast. The group returned to campus in 2013 after a hiatus and has been performing and teaching for the last six years. Avirah performs at cultural events on campus and also at the annual ...

Sacha Baron Cohen takes on a more serious role in “The Spy”

By Lisa Woolfson Staff writer @lswoolf3 “The Spy” opens with the phrase, “Inspired by true events,” which changes the whole way the viewer will watch the show. Not three minutes into the pilot episode, the viewer sees Eli Cohen (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) with bloodied fingers, being begged by a rabbi to sign a letter. The audience ...

Students share stories of 10-day journey to last a lifetime

By Matt Levine For Mitzpeh @_MattSLevine Spencer Dobkin, a junior journalism major, has dreamed of going on Birthright Israel ever since he heard about the program at a young age. “Who doesn’t want to go on a free trip to see meaningful places, meet new people, and learn things about Israel,” he said. Birthright, a free 10-day ...

Two Jews, three opinions and one possible solution for the constant Israeli elections

By Logan Heller Staff columnist @L_Heller55 Due to the political makeup of the Israeli electorate, coalition governments are critical to run the Israeli parliament, known as the Knesset, efficiently. Given that the Knesset is composed of 120 seats, parties band together and elect a prime minister to hold a majority. In other words, ...

Trump and the anti-Semitic myth of dual loyalty

By Lisa Woolfson Staff writer @lswoolf3 President Trump criticized American Jews who vote for Democrats a few weeks ago by saying, “It shows either a total lack of knowledge or complete disloyalty.” Trump is only the most recent public figure to assume all Jews have a “dual loyalty” to both America and Israel. This anti-Semitic ...

Letter to the Editor: The problem with coverage of Israel on campus

Views expressed in opinion columns and letters-to-the-editor are the author’s own. The Diamondback has had some seriously problematic coverage of Israel-related affairs on campus lately and declined to print our opinion piece calling them out, saying “the argument lacks support.” One of the biggest problems was the article, ‘UMD ...

Israel Fest 2019 draws crowds as SJP holds simultaneous protest demonstration

By Colleen Crowley For Mitzpeh @ColleenCrowle20 Camel rides, henna tattoos and the promise of falafel drew crowds of students to McKeldin Mall for this year’s Israel Fest, hosted by the UMD Jewish Student Union and Maryland Hillel on Thursday. This year’s event fell on Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day,  and highlighted ...

As votes were being counted, UMD community joined former U.S. ambassador to discuss implications of Israel election

By Jacqueline Chase Staff writer @Mitzpeh   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected in a close race to what will be a record fifth term in office Tuesday night, despite facing a pending criminal indictment on bribery and fraud charges and pushback against his conservative stance on Palestine. Students and other ...