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The Jews Of Islam

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The Jews Of Islam

We live in a fraught era when Jewish-Muslim tensions are flaring, not only in the Middle East but in European countries such as France. Has this always been the case? Historically, how tolerant of Jews have Muslims been since the birth of Islam in the Arabian peninsula? Bernard Lewis, the distinguished scholar of Middle Eastern […]

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Israel Labors Under A Grand Illusion

Filed in Middle East by on July 25, 2016 0 Comments
Israel Labors Under A Grand Illusion

What will it take to jolt Israel into the realization that peace with the Arab world cannot be achieved unless the gnawing Palestinian problem is satisfactorily resolved? This important point was underscored by Anwar Eshki, an emissary from Saudi Arabia who visited Jerusalem last week. A retired general and advisor to the Saudi government, he […]

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Hatred On Display

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 24, 2016 0 Comments
Hatred On Display

Police in the Canadian city of London, Ontario, are now in the midst of ascertaining whether an antisemitic article published in an Arabic-language community newspaper recently promoted or incited hatred against Jews, or was simply a manifestation of free speech. In its June/July edition, Al Saraha, distributed in the city’s Middle Eastern grocery stores and […]

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A Vanished Ideology

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A Vanished Ideology

They were idealistic left-wing Jews whose overarching objective was to build a “shenere un besere velt,” a more beautiful, better world. Secular in orientation, steeped in socialism, dedicated to the Yiddish language, committed to the Soviet Union as their ideological fatherland and determined to improve the lot of the Jewish working class, they were members […]

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Jerusalem’s Mayor Should Hang His Head In Shame

Filed in Middle East by on July 21, 2016 0 Comments
Jerusalem’s Mayor Should Hang His Head In Shame

Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, should hang his head in shame. Caving in to pressure from the city’s ultra-Orthodox and national religious camp, he announced he would not attend today’s gay pride parade. “It is their right to march,” he said of the people to plan to participate in the annual event. “The city […]

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Cafe Society: Woody Allen’s Newest Film

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Cafe Society: Woody Allen’s Newest Film

Woody Allen’s 47th film, Cafe Society, which opens in Canada on July 29, is a valentine to the bittersweet nature of love and romance and a barb about Hollywood glamour. A workmanlike movie narrated by Allen and infused with the velvety sounds of pre-war jazz, it’s set in the late 1930s as a nice Jewish […]

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Turkey Shaken By Clash Of Adversaries

Filed in Guest Voices by on July 19, 2016 0 Comments
Turkey Shaken By Clash Of Adversaries

  The reclusive Turkish cleric who heads Turkey’s influential Hizmet (Service) movement has become front-page news since the recent abortive coup in Turkey. Fethullah Gulen, who lives in semi-seclusion in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, has been accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of masterminding the July 15 attempt to overthrow him. Erdogan called the failed military coup […]

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Rewriting History In Poland

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 18, 2016 0 Comments
Rewriting History In Poland

As Poles wrestle with the extremely complex legacy of the Holocaust in Poland, where three million Polish Jews perished in six short years, a cabinet minister in Poland’s government has suggested that historical accounts of the 1941 pogrom in the town of Jedwabne may be nothing more than “very biased opinions.” As reported by the […]

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What Comes After The Failed Turkish Coup?

Filed in Guest Voices by on July 16, 2016 0 Comments
What Comes After The Failed Turkish Coup?

Turkey was plunged into chaos on July 15 after a faction within the Turkish armed forces calling itself the “Peace at Home Council” launched a coup. Tanks were deployed in major cities, Turkish airspace was closed and international flights were suspended. More than 160 civilians were killed and 1,440 wounded. The authorities said 104 suspected coup-plotters had […]

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The Iran Nuclear Agreement One Year Later

Filed in Middle East by on July 16, 2016 0 Comments
The Iran Nuclear Agreement One Year Later

Sizing up the Iran nuclear agreement on its first anniversary on July 14, U.S. President Barack Obama said it had “succeeded in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program (and) avoiding further conflict.” Sticking to the same theme, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the landmark accord, signed by Iran and six major powers in Vienna, has […]

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