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Steven Plaut giving a lecture at Central European University on Nov. 22, 2011.

American-born Israeli Professor Steven Plaut passed away this week at the age of 65 after a years-long struggle with cancer.

A native of Philadelphia, Steven Plaut was an economist and professor of business administration at Haifa University. He worked at the Federal Reserve Bank, among other places and was a prolific writer and blogger.

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In addition, he was a member of the editorial board of the Middle East Quarterly, a publication of the Middle East Forum think tank.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.