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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 ...

Terps for Israel hosts former senior adviser to U.S. ambassador to discuss Israeli election

By Ryan Wu For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   Thair Abu Ras, a second-year Ph.D. student in government and politics at this university, said Israel’s current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands a better chance than his opposition of winning the upcoming election on April 9 at a discussion organized by Terps for Israel Tuesday night. ...

Experts discuss U.S. relations with Israel, Palestine at Terps for Israel event

By Jacqueline Chase Staff writer @Mitzpeh   Though America’s relationship to the conflict between Israel and Palestine may seem troubling, David Makovsky and Ghaith Al-Omari say there is still hope for the next generation. Terps for Israel welcomed experts Makovsky and Al-Omari to this university for a discussion of the ...

Panel holds talks on Israel-Palestine conflict during Shabbat dinner

By Lilly Sibel For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   Maryland Hillel hosted a special Shabbat dinner on Friday, Mar. 8 that included a panel discussion of several different opinions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The event was part of Hillel’s Israel Week programming. The event began with the recitation of three blessings from ...

Students share their Israeli stories during Israel Week story slam

By Jacqueline Chase Staff writer @Mitzpeh   To kick off Israel Week, Hillel partnered with Resetting the Table to give students a space to discuss their relationship with Israel Thursday night. Students gathered in Van Munching Hall for “Your Israel Story,” where they shared their experiences and thoughts on their connect...