Feature

A Muslim milestone

The week's news at a glance.

Jerusalem

Israel appointed its first Muslim minister in history this week when Raleb Majadele of the Labor Party was named a minister without portfolio. Majadele said he wants to promote dialogue between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs, as well as between Israelis and Palestinians. Israeli Arab lawmakers dismissed the appointment as cosmetic. “Progress for Israel’s Arabs depends on changing the entire discriminatory approach of the government over the past 58 years,” said Wasil Taha of the Balad party, “and not on the appointment of a minister.” Israeli Arabs—who live in Israel proper, not the territories—are full citizens and comprise about 20 percent of Israel’s population and 10 percent of the Knesset. Disproportionately poor, they say the government has long neglected their towns.

Recommended

Olympics to allow up to 10,000 Japanese spectators
Olympic Rings
Tokyo Olympics

Olympics to allow up to 10,000 Japanese spectators

10 things you need to know today: June 21, 2021
Afghan security forces
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: June 21, 2021

Sullivan: U.S. must keep 'eye on the ball' amid nuclear talks with Iran
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
diplomacy

Sullivan: U.S. must keep 'eye on the ball' amid nuclear talks with Iran

Member of Uganda's Olympic team tests positive for coronavirus
Members of the Ugandan Olympic team.
a sign of things to come?

Member of Uganda's Olympic team tests positive for coronavirus

Most Popular

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem
Political Cartoon.
Feature

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now
Bernie Sanders.
Sounds dope

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now

Georgia election workers reportedly received a 'torrent' of threats
Trump rally.
The big lie

Georgia election workers reportedly received a 'torrent' of threats