Issue 49

April-May 2017
The Tower Magazine

The Other War Crimes in Syria

Well before Bashar Al-Assad gassed hundreds of citizens, other Iranian proxies in Syria were carrying out horrific war crimes as well. SHLOMO BOLTS and MOHAMMED A. GHANEM offer a crushing indictment.

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Would Palestine Fail?

While the West debates over the future of the "two-state solution," few are asking the hard questions about what a Palestinian state would actually look like--and whether it would work at all. EYLON ASLAN-LEVY takes a hard look.

continue reading >> The raising of the Palestinian flag ceremony held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, on September 30, 2015 in the city of Ramallah. Earlier in the week the UN General Assembly, by a two-thirds vote, adopted a resolution allowing the flags of Palestine and the Holy See -- both of which have non-member observer status -- to be hoisted alongside those of member states. Photo by Amir Levy/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** 
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American Anti-Semitic Acts, By the Numbers

While American Jews worry about a rise in anti-Semitism, a little-told story has emerged: Many of those attacks are being carried out by Arabs and Muslims. JOHANNA MARKIND takes a look at the data.

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Israel's New Tahini Empire

A savory distant cousin of peanut butter has broken out of the Middle East and, with the help of Israeli entrepreneurs, invaded the American pantry. SARA TOTH STUB reports.

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The Myth of the Palestinian Mandela

DEXTER VAN ZILE looks at the false promise of Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader in jail on multiple murder convictions.

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PHOTOS: Israel's Festival of Freedom

Israelis do Passover a little different, turning it into a holiday of national thanksgiving and the collective celebration of hard-won liberation.

continue reading >> Jewish women preparing Matzot at Beit Midrash "Beor Panich" for the eight-day Pesach holiday (Passover) in Gush Etzion on April 2, 2017. Passover commemorates the Israelites' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago. Because of the haste the Jews left Egypt, the bread they had prepared for the journey did not have time to rise. To commemorate their ancestors' plight, religious Jews do not eat leavened food products throughout Passover. Gershon Elinson/Flash90