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Your Daily Spiel for August 21

Lana Del Rey (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Anti-semitic messages were spray-painted on the fence of a Chabad centre in the Russian village of Lyubavichi, the hub of the Chabad Hasidic movement. Police are looking for suspects, according to Gavriel Gordon, a Chabad rabbi who is trying to preserve the movement’s heritage sites.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs says it is “disgusted” and “alarmed” that a Toronto-based Arabic-language newspaper glorified Palestinian mothers who “sacrifice” their sons as suicide bombers and terrorists. The August 3rd issue of Meshwar contained an article that praised three women whose sons carried out or co-ordinated suicide bombings against Israelis, on behalf of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Pop singer Lana Del Rey has issued a statement defending her decision to play at the upcoming Meteor Festival, taking place on Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan in the Hula Valley in northern Israel. “We signed on to the show [with] the intention that it would be performed for the kids there and my plan was for it to be done [with] a loving energy [and] a thematic emphasis on peace,” she wrote. “If you don’t agree with it, I get it. I see both sides.”

Israeli actress Inbar Levi has been cast as Eve (drawn from the biblical Adam and Eve story) on the upcoming fourth season of Lucifer. Eve is described as “the original sinner herself” who has “grown restless in her marriage [to Adam] and longs for a less predictable time when things were exciting. Naughty. Dangerous.”