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Российские десантники взяли штурмом опорные пункты украинцев у Вербового


Противник был обескуражен храбростью российских бойцов и не смог оказать достойного сопротивления.

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Should Jews start asking if it’s safe to stay in the United States?


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“We are Jews. The only reason we’re still on this planet is because we learned to get out of dangerous situations before they got the better of us… It’s the suitcase or the coffin.”

These chilling lines in Joshua Harmon’s play Prayer for the French Republic, which closes on Broadway this weekend, made me reevaluate things I’ve held true throughout my life and more than four decades as a Jewish communal professional. Now, amid Israel’s grueling war with Hamas, I’m hearing for the first time conversations about whether it is safe to stay in the United States.. 

There are media reports of increasing anxiety among Jews in New York City, where antisemitic incidents have soared by more than 200% since last year. Among those who were considering making aliyah, some are accelerating their plans to move to Israel. 

Since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas, and amid global backlash to Israel’s military response in Gaza, antisemitism has “skyrocketed” around the world, according to the ADL. We’ve all seen the images in the news and on our social media feeds: huge crowds shouting, “from the river to the sea,” and violent threats against Jewish students on college campuses across the country.

My grandparents spoke of antisemitism in Russia as their impetus for emigrating — along with millions of others — to the United States, then known as the “Goldene Medina,” the Golden Land. But it wasn’t all golden. My parents told me about college quotas for Jewish admissions, and country clubs and even entire towns that were off limits to Jews. 

Growing up in suburban Wayne, New Jersey in the 1950s and 60s, I had no personal experiences with antisemitism. But my childhood was marked by one public incident: In 1967, when I was 12 years old, the vice president of the board of education warned town residents not to vote for two Jews running for the board since “Most Jews are liberals, especially when it comes to spending for education. Two more votes and we lose what is left of Christ in our Christmas celebrations in our schools. Think about it.” 

His comments received national attention. I was young, but I sensed that the episode changed the town, adding new tension into relationships between Jews and non-Jews. 

As a former executive at several Jewish federations, I’ve dealt with occasional swastika graffiti, an outspoken anti-Israel and antisemitic Georgia Congressional representative, and a (very) small Westboro Baptist Church protest in Atlanta. But I’ve never seen anything like today’s explosion of anti-Israel and antisemitic vitriol — on the streets, on college campuses, and on social media feeds. 

Prayer for the French Republic takes its title from a prayer that has been recited in French synagogues for the government since the early 19th century, similar to the prayer for America widely said in American synagogues. The play follows five generations of a French family, the Benhamous, through 73 years of history, toggling between the mid-1940s and 2016 and 2017. The narratives begin to blend around the common theme of whether it’s safe to be a Jew in France.

When a young family member who wears a kippah comes home bloodied after being attacked on Shabbat in 2016, the family is plunged into passionate conversations about Zionism, nationalism, what it means to feel safe, and most importantly, whether to stay in France or move to Israel. 

In a line that feels especially prescient today, one character says, “Something is happening in the world, and it’s happening in our country too — I can feel it.”

Jews around the world are, to borrow the play’s language, feeling it. I don’t believe that what’s going on now in the U.S. is analogous to pre-war Germany. So far, none of the antisemitic activities here or in Europe have been government-sanctioned, and thankfully, most leaders have forcefully condemned such behavior.

What is new, however, is that antisemitism is exploding from both ends of the political spectrum. White supremacists and progressives are strange bedfellows. But increasingly, bedfellows they are when it comes to hatred of Jews. 

Should we stay, or go? Jews have been asking themselves this question for millennia. History is replete with expulsions and mass migrations that have uprooted previously secure Jewish families and communities. Jews lived peacefully in Spain for 1,400 years before the Spanish Inquisition forced them out, and for 500 years in Algeria before leaving en masse in 1962. 

In Prayer for the French Republic, the Benhamou family finally decides to make aliyah to Israel, joining a wave of French Jews to do the same in the past decade following a series of antisemitic attacks, including one on a kosher supermarket in Paris that killed four.

Those of us in the U.S. used to have conversations about Jews “elsewhere” — in France or England — and whether it’s safe for them “over there.” American Jews are now awakening from a multi-generational and comfortable slumber that relegated antisemitism to the dustbin of history. We’ve taken our safety, and our acceptance, for granted.

American Jews are not leaving just yet. But since seeing Prayer for the French Republic, I’ve been wondering just what would it take for us to start asking ourselves the question posed by the Benhamou family, most of our grandparents and great-grandparents, and countless other Jews over the millennia. Should we stay… or go?

The post Should Jews start asking if it’s safe to stay in the United States? appeared first on The Forward.


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Совбез Армении: доля России в ВТС Еревана сильно снизилась


Военно-техническое сотрудничество с Россией снизилось с 96% до менее 10%.

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Украина потеряла на Тендровской косе больше бойцов, чем озвучено официально


Вооруженные силы Украины предприняли неудачную попытку высадиться на Тендровской косе в Херсонской области.

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Фамилию Навального приравняли к экстремистской символике


Как минимум в четырёх регионах России

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Yogurt Can Now Claim It May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes


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Yogurt sold in the U.S. can make claims that the food may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, based on limited evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

The agency agreed that there is some evidence, but not significant scientific agreement, that eating at least 2 cups of yogurt per week may reduce the chance of developing the disease that affects about 36 million Americans.

FDA has allowed qualified health claims—a claim that lacks full scientific support but is allowed as long as there are disclaimers to keep from misleading consumers—for dietary supplements since 2000 and foods since 2002. The agency had faced lawsuits that challenged the standard of requiring scientific agreement based on claims that it violated free speech guarantees.

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Among the allowed qualified health claims: consuming some types of cocoa may reduce heart disease and cranberry juice might reduce the risk of recurrent urinary tract infections in women.

For yogurt, Danone North America, the U.S. branch of the French firm whose brands include Dannon, Activia, and Horizon Organics yogurts, requested a qualified health claim in 2018. It submitted information from studies that observed participants over time and found a link between eating yogurt and lower markers of diabetes. The FDA agreed that there “is some credible evidence” of benefit from eating yogurt as a whole food, but not because of any particular nutrient in it.

Critics said the label change is not based on gold-standard randomized controlled trials that could have proven whether yogurt reduces diabetes risk.

No single food can reduce the risk of a disease that is tied to overall diet, the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest said. It also said the label change might raise the risk of diabetes by encouraging consumption of yogurt, including types that include added sugars, and mix-ins such as cookies and pretzels.

Marion Nestle, a food policy expert, said qualified health claims based on limited evidence are “ridiculous on their face.”

“Translation: If you want to believe this, go ahead, but it’s not on the basis of evidence,” she said.


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RSV Vaccine May Be Linked to a Slightly Higher Risk of Guillain-Barre Syndrome


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NEW YORK — Health officials are investigating whether there’s a link between two new RSV vaccines and cases of a rare nervous system disorder in older U.S. adults.

The inquiry is based on fewer than two dozen cases seen among more than 9.5 million vaccine recipients, health officials said Thursday. And the available information is too limited to establish whether the shots caused the illnesses, they added.

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But the numbers are higher than expected and officials are gathering more information to determine if the vaccines are causing the problem. The data was presented at a meeting of an expert panel that provides vaccine policy advice to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials said they were investigating more than 20 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare illness in which a person’s immune system damages nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and paralysis. An estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS in the U.S. each year, and it’s more commonly seen in older people, according to the CDC.

Most people fully recover from the syndrome, but some have permanent nerve damage. Guillain-Barre can occur in people after they are infected with a virus, but in some instances cases have been linked to vaccinations.

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common cause of cold-like symptoms but it can be dangerous for infants and the elderly.

Last year, the CDC signed off on a recommendation made by the advisory panel, aimed at Americans age 60 and older. It was for a single dose of RSV vaccine. There were two options, one made by Pfizer and the other by GSK.

The CDC said that patients should talk to their doctors about the vaccines and then decide whether to get it.

Officials were aware that instances of Guillain-Barre had been identified in clinical trials done before the shots were approved for sale, and that different systems were watching for signs of problems.

At a meeting of the expert panel on Thursday, CDC officials presented an analysis of the reports taken in by those systems.

About two-thirds of the cases occurred in people who got a version of the vaccine made by Pfizer, called Abrysvo. But officials are also doing follow-up tracking in people who got Arexvy, made by GSK.

About two cases of Guillain-Barre might be seen in every 1 million people who receive a vaccine, health officials estimate. A CDC analysis found the the GSK rate was lower than that, but 4.6 cases per million were reported in recipients of the Pfizer shot.

Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also showed an above-expected number of Guillain-Barre cases being reported in RSV vaccine recipients, with more among Pfizer shot recipients.

“Taken together, these data suggest a potential increased risk” in RSV vaccine recipients 60 and older that must be explored, said Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, a CDC vaccine safety monitoring official.

Officials from GSK and Pfizer made brief statements during the meeting, noting that sorting out a safety signal is complicated.

“Pfizer is committed to the continuous monitoring and evaluation of the safety of Abrysvo” and is conducting four safety studies to look into the possibility of vaccine-related GBS, said Reema Mehta, a Pfizer vice president.

CDC officials also presented estimates that the vaccines have prevented thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths from RSV, and that current data indicates the benefits of vaccination outweigh the possible risks.


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Российские десантники взяли штурмом опорные пункты ВСУ и пленных у Вербового


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Российские десантники заняли опорные пункты ВСУ у Вербового на запорожском участке фронта. Об этом сообщили в Минобороны РФ.


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Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 738


Netherlands signs security pact with Kyiv; drone attack in occupied Kherson kills three; anti-war chants at Alexei Navalny funeral in Moscow

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, signed a security deal with Ukraine in Kharkiv on Friday and said the Netherlands would help fund the supply of 800,000 artillery shells. Rutte met President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on a surprise visit to the north-eastern city, just 40km (26 miles) from the Russian border, and became the seventh western leader to sign a 10-year security agreement with Ukraine in the past two months.

Three people were killed in a drone attack on a car in the Russia-controlled part of Ukraine’s Kherson region, the Moscow-installed governor said on Friday. Vladimir Saldo did not provide any details of the attack.

Russia is accumulating large forces around Chasiv Yar in eastern Ukraine as it seeks to make a breakthrough in the Donetsk region, a Ukrainian official said on Friday. Illia Yevlash, spokesperson for the operational group overseeing the eastern frontline, told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that Russian forces were concentrating efforts to make a push on the strategic city to the west of Bakhmut, which fell to Moscow last May, hoping to advance towards Kostiantynivka, Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

President Joe Biden hailed Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni’s “unwavering” support for Ukraine as they held talks on Friday overshadowed by concerns about the future of US aid for Kyiv. “We have each other’s backs – we also have Ukraine’s back,” Biden told Meloni at the White House. He sought to reassure Meloni that he was urging Republicans in Congress to stop blocking $60bn (£46bn/55bn) of vital US military assistance for Ukraine.

Anti-war slogans were chanted as thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral service of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow on Friday. Amid a large police presence, many in the crowd clutched flowers and some joined in chants including “Putin is a murderer”, “No to war” and “We won’t forgive”, defying the Kremlin’s warning of arrests. Crowds shouted “Navalny, Navalny!” when the hearse carrying his coffin arrived at a church.

Police arrested at least 67 people across Russia at tributes to Navalny on Friday, according to rights monitoring group OVD-Info. The arrests were in 16 towns, including six arrests in Moscow, it said, while saying earlier that 18 people were detained in Novosibirsk. Navalny tributes were also held in cities outside Russia including Berlin, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Zagreb, Yerevan and Tbilisi.

Russia on Friday declared the acclaimed novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya a “foreign agent” for opposing the war in Ukraine and allegedly promoting LGBTQ “propaganda”. The 81-year-old literary icon, who lives in exile, is a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin and joins a long line of Russian cultural figures, including writer Boris Akunin, shunned by the Kremlin for their criticism of the war.

Canada on Friday announced restrictions on indirect imports of Russian diamonds weighing one carat and above in a coordinated move with other Group of Seven countries. The restriction adds to a ban on Russian diamonds announced in December.

Russia’s foreign minister visited Turkey, which has sought to revive Russia-Ukraine peace talks and ways to ensure safe navigation in the Black Sea. Sergei Lavrov attended a diplomatic forum in Antalya on Friday and met his Turkish counterpart, with a Turkish diplomatic source saying Lavrov acknowledged Ankara’s efforts but said the conditions that prompted the war “remained unchanged”.

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Seattle’s Chinese Community Festivities Mark Traumatic 1886 Riot 


The Chinese community in Seattle, Washington, took time from Lunar New Year celebrations to mark the Seattle riot of 1886, when mobs started to forcibly expel most Chinese from the city. Organizers of a commemoration march say lessons from then are relevant today. VOA’s Natasha Mozgovaya reports.