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Israel At 70: Strong Yet Insecure

Filed in Middle East by on April 21, 2018 0 Comments
Israel At 70: Strong Yet Insecure

As Israel celebrated its 7oth anniversary on April 19 by the Hebrew calendar  — the day the doomed but heroic Warsaw ghetto uprising erupted in 1943 — it grappled with a paradox. Never has Israel been as militarily strong, yet so insecure. Israel is the only nuclear power in the Middle East, with a humming […]

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The Accountant Of Auschwitz

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The Accountant Of Auschwitz

Oskar Groning, a functionary at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland, was charged with being an accessory to mass murder and put on trial in Germany in 2015, when he was 93 years old. Assigned to the camp as a bookkeeper, he spent much of his time there as a collector of valuables expropriated […]

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The Oslo Diaries

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The Oslo Diaries

In the summer 1992, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians met secretly in Oslo to discuss the prospects of peace. Their talks were sanctioned neither by the Israeli government nor by the Palestine Liberation Organization. These informal negotiations gave way to formal discussions that climaxed with the signing of the Declaration of Principles in […]

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U.S. Strategy In Syria Is Muddled

Filed in Middle East by on April 17, 2018 0 Comments
U.S. Strategy In Syria Is Muddled

The United States is torn by indecision in Syria, and recent events illustrate this pattern of confusion. On April 7, Syrian government forces launched a chemical attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, and it immediately placed the United States on the horns of a dilemma. President Donald Trump was reluctant to intervene, in line with his […]

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Syria Undeterred By Latest U.S. Strike

Filed in Middle East by on April 15, 2018 0 Comments
Syria Undeterred By Latest U.S. Strike

Mission Accomplished, U.S. President Donald Trump boasted in a triumphant Twitter post on April 14, resorting to a discredited phrase appropriated by President George W. Bush in May 2003 to declare victory in Iraq after the controversial American invasion. Trump, hardly concerned by the negative comparison it would inevitably evoke, trotted it out less than […]

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Sachsenhausen — A Template Of Nazi Terror

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on April 13, 2018 0 Comments
Sachsenhausen — A Template Of Nazi Terror

Cynically portrayed by Nazi Germany as a “reeducation center,” the Sachsenhausen concentration camp was a synonym for unbridled state-sponsored terror. Although it was not an extermination camp, like Treblinka, it consumed the lives of about 50,000 people from 1936 to 1945. Now a memorial and museum, Sachsenhausen was not the first concentration camp built on […]

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An Embarrassing Problem For Israel

Filed in Middle East by on April 11, 2018 0 Comments
An Embarrassing Problem For Israel

What now? What should the Israeli government do with about 35,000 Africans who have sunk roots in Israel and want to stay but who are being pressured to leave? Whether they’re described as migrant workers or asylum-seekers, the Eritreans and Sudanese who have entered Israel illegally since 2005 have become an embarrassing problem for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. […]

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Filed in Film by on April 10, 2018 0 Comments
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival and Human Rights Watch are co-presenting the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from April 18-25. One of the films, On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi, is about a Holocaust survivor who finally comes clean about himself. It will be screened on April […]

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Shame On Trudeau And Freeland

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Shame On Trudeau And Freeland

Late last month, in concert with several Western nations, Canada expelled a number of Russian diplomats stationed here. The federal government explained it had acted in solidarity with Britain, which blames Russia for a deadly chemical attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter residing in the country. Shortly afterwards, Canadian Foreign Minister […]

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Round Two In Gaza

Filed in Middle East by on April 8, 2018 0 Comments
Round Two In Gaza

Round two of the Palestinians’ March of Return, which took place on April 6, unfolded almost exactly the same as the first one on March 30. Twenty thousand Palestinians Arabs converged on a tent encampment in the Gaza Strip adjacent to Israel’s border fence to protest Israel’s blockade of Gaza and to call for the […]

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