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Patsy Cline’s Appeal Endures

Filed in Arts by on February 24, 2017 0 Comments
Patsy Cline’s Appeal Endures

She was the first American female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame, and she’s commemorated on a postage stamp issued in her honour by the United States postal service. Patsy Cline, born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, in 1932, was quite a gal. On March 4, the day before […]

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Donald Trump Finally Condemns Antisemitism

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 22, 2017 0 Comments
Donald Trump Finally Condemns Antisemitism

Presiden Donald Trump finally did the right thing. He condemned antisemitism unequivocally after studiously avoiding the topic. Just hours before Trump issued a belated denunciation of antisemitism on February 21, Hillary Clinton, his opponent in last November’s presidential election, urged him to speak out against it after more than 170 graves were vandalized at a Jewish […]

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My Home: Portrait of Israeli Arabs

Filed in Arts by on February 21, 2017 0 Comments
My Home: Portrait of Israeli Arabs

The Muslim and Christian Arab inhabitants of Israel, the descendants of Palestinians who remained in their homeland during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, comprise about 20 percent of Israel’s present-day population. Although they’re citizens of Israel, some regard themselves as Palestinians of Israeli nationality, judging by surveys. A number of Israeli Arabs have attained important positions […]

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David Friedman Unfit To Be U.S. Ambassador To Israel

Filed in Commentary by on February 20, 2017 0 Comments
David Friedman Unfit To Be U.S. Ambassador To Israel

David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Israel, was on his best behavior on the first day of his confirmation hearing in the Senate a few days ago. He apologized for his use of “inflammatory rhetoric” during the presidential campaign, acknowledged that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are not “a […]

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Toronto Film Series — A Showcase For Israeli Cinema

Filed in Arts by on February 18, 2017 0 Comments
Toronto Film Series — A Showcase For Israeli Cinema

Israel’s movie industry is on a roll, as the four films in the forthcoming Toronto Israeli Film Series attest. The festival, which runs from February 25 to 26 at the City Playhouse Theatre, is presented by Israel’s consulate general and the UJA Federation. The opening night picture, The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev, is a delightful […]

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I Am Not Your Negro

Filed in Arts by on February 17, 2017 0 Comments
I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck’s documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, is a meditation on race in the United States, a topic unlikely to grow stale or irrelevant due its resonance in American history. Scheduled to open in Canadian theatres on February 24th, Peck’s thoughtful film is framed by the observations of the late African American novelist and […]

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Has Trump Upended U.S. Policy?

Filed in Middle East by on February 16, 2017 0 Comments
Has Trump Upended U.S. Policy?

Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States as a disrupter of received convention. Judging by his first official meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C. on February 15, the newly-inaugurated president has no intention of changing his disruptive and confusing style. At a joint news conference with Netanyahu prior to […]

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McGill University Must Punish Student Leader

Filed in Commentary by on February 15, 2017 0 Comments
McGill University Must Punish Student Leader

It would be disappointing in the extreme if McGill University in Montreal falls short of taking  disciplinary action against a student who recently called on fellow students to physically attack Zionists on campus. Having urged his Twitter followers to “punch a Zionist today,” Igor Sadikov — a board member of the Students’ Society of McGill […]

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The Regulation Law Should Be Struck Down

Filed in Middle East by on February 13, 2017 0 Comments
The Regulation Law Should Be Struck Down

For the sake of peace, one can only hope that Israel’s ill-conceived Regulation Law, passed earlier this month by the Knesset by a margin of 60 to 52, will be declared null and void. Sponsored and promoted by Naftali Bennett’s far right Jewish Home Party, which calls for the annexation of much of the West […]

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Fanny’s Journey

Filed in Arts by on February 12, 2017 0 Comments
Fanny’s Journey

Fanny Ben-Ami’s astonishing story of survival as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied France has been brought to the screen by Lola Doillon in Fanny’s Journey. The movie, based on her harrowing experiences, will be presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation’s Chai Tea series at the Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk (5095 Yonge Street) on Sunday, February 19 […]

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