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Shlomo Klapper | Sderot: A surreal city

(11/16/12 6:56am)

Dana was just tired. After tough midterms at Sapir College and moonlighting as a waitress, the 22-year-old returned home exhausted. She collapsed on the veranda couch and enjoyed the cool night air. But that night — as fate had it — the air raid siren didn’t work. So when the Qassam rocket landed, Dana didn’t have time to run. It wasn’t the impact that killed her. It was the shrapnel, the scrap metal and the rusty nails.

Shlomo Klapper | Do good fences make good neighbors?

(02/29/12 1:56am)

On June 20, 2005, Wafa al-Biss attempted to smuggle an explosives belt into Israel from Gaza through the Erez crossing. Her intent? To kill 40 or 50 people, especially as many young people as possible. Her destination? Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center, where Israeli doctors had cured her of massive burns incurred in a cooking accident. Fortunately, Israelis soldiers at a checkpoint foiled her murderous scheme.

Shlomo Klapper | BDS: Bigoted Double Standards

(01/11/12 5:10am)

The BDS movement — a group that encourages boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the State of Israel — will run its national conference here at Penn in early February. In reply, President Amy Gutmann clarified that though BDS will be held at Penn, Penn holds no stock in BDS. In a recent statement, she wrote that “this is not an event sponsored by the University … The University of Pennsylvania has clearly stated on numerous occasions that it does not support sanctions or boycotts against Israel.”

Shlomo Klapper | President Abbas, please visit the Penn Museum

(11/07/11 4:04am)

Pottery jugs from Beit She’an. An oil lamp from Mount Carmel. Even a full-scale reconstruction of a typical Iron Age house, replete with living space, stables and storerooms. These material remains are just a small sampling from the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s extensive Canaan and Israel Gallery, which vividly illustrates daily life in Ancient Israel.