Elder of Ziyon came up with a very interesting post a few days ago regarding a historical episode of which I hadn’t been aware (or had, perhaps understandably, forgotten): the short-lived (and largely illusory) “Gaza Government” set up by the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem in 1948. The post is replete with contemporary newspaper clippings, and is well worth a read for anyone interested in local history. Thanks, Whispering Soul, for the tip – among the many links in the current “Haveil Havalim” Jewish bloggers’ carnival.
As long as I’m plugging other people’s blogs, I’ve discovered a new one – actually slightly less new than “On the Contrary” – that’s worth a look: Turning the Tide, by the probably-pseudonymous “Kalman Rushdie”. The writing’s good, and there are some cute photographs as well. The bad news is that the site doesn’t seem to get super-frequent updates; but maybe if we give “Rushdie” some encouragement, s/he will post more.