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Are Jews Named 'Yair' Named After a Terrorist? The Economist Thinks So.

As we've seen in the past, wild claims about Israel and Jews are sometimes too salacious to fact-check. The latest issue of The Economist offers one such example. In a May 3 book review entitled "The making of a martyr," the magazine evaluates an account of the life and death of Avraham "Yair" Stern. Stern headed the eponymous Stern Gang, a Jewish terrorist group in Mandatory Palestine that was condemned by both the British and Jewish groups for its attacks on civilian targets. Understandably, and with justification, the review is not particularly kind to Stern. Less justifiable, however, is how the writer ignorantly impugns thousands of Jews when he turns from history to the contemporary:

Stern still commands a striking hold over many of Israel's ruling right-wingers, including the successors of the mandate-era Jewish underground who continue to perpetrate attacks on Palestinian civilians. Many still choose his nom de guerre, Yair, for their sons, including Israel's current prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. One of the most fanatical settlements, Kochav Yair, is named after him.

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Author:Rosenberg, Yair
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Geographic Code:7ISRA
Date:May 9, 2014
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