Israel

Danan: Israeli Supreme Court Challenges Separation of Powers with Basic Law Case

While the imminent dissolution of Israel’s Knesset was keeping the country on tenterhooks Tuesday, another smaller, but arguably no less significant, development was taking place in its Supreme Court. For the first time ever, the court debated the legality of a Basic Law — essentially challenging its own constitution — in a move that has been denounced as the “quiet death of democracy.”

Judges and personnel of the Israeli Supreme Court wearing face masks against the coronavirus Covid-19, attend a session on May 4, 2020 at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem. - The Court tackled the vexed question of whether a political deal to form a coalition government after three inconclusive elections in …

U.N. Adds Camel Racing, Competitive Grass Mowing to Cultural Heritage List

The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released the latest additions to its global cultural heritage list Friday, applauding the contributions made by competitive grass mowing in the Balkans and camel racing in the Middle East in helping to make the world a better, more inclusive place.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Wikipedia Page Scrubbed by Activist Editors

Since the election of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Wikipedia editors have been downplaying or removing mention of controversies from her page. This has included minimizing mention of antisemitism controversies over her comments about Israel and its supporters, excluding mention of personal scandals, and censoring details about Turkish lobbying ties. Editors have meanwhile given considerable attention to alleged mistreatment of her by others, particularly President Donald Trump who editors tied to threats Omar received.

Congressional candidate Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks during a get out the vote event on the University of Minnesota campus on November 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President …