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Lea Tsemel: Devil’s Advocate Or Human Rights Champion?

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Lea Tsemel: Devil’s Advocate Or Human Rights Champion?

Lea Tsemel, an Israeli criminal lawyer, is a polarizing figure in Israel. Critics vilify her as a devil’s advocate. Admirers describe her as a champion of human rights. Rachel Leah Jones, the director of Advocate, a documentary scheduled to be screened at the Canadian International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) in Toronto on April 28, April […]

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The Last Survivors

Filed in Television by on April 21, 2019 0 Comments
The Last Survivors

Some survivors of the Holocaust were little more than children when they were subjected to cruelty beyond the imagination. The traumas they experienced are etched into their souls, if not their faces. Several of these individuals turn up in Arthur Cary’s absorbing documentary, The Last Survivors, which will be broadcast by the PBS television network […]

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Lugano: A Swiss Mediterranean Enclave

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Lugano: A Swiss Mediterranean Enclave

Lugano is an anomaly — a Mediterranean enclave inside nordic Switzerland. In this enchanting corner of the country, known as Ticino, a visitor can often count on sunny weather and expect to see palm trees, semi-tropical vegetation and the pastel hues of southern Europe. Predominantly Italian in ambience, this pleasant city is set on the […]

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Saving The Dead Sea

Filed in Television by on April 18, 2019 0 Comments
Saving The Dead Sea

One of the wonders of the world, the Dead Sea, is dying a slow death. A horrible thought, but depressingly true. Rich in medicinal minerals, like magnesium, the world’s saltiest, lowest-lying body of water has shrunk by about one-third and its depth has fallen by 65 feet. The Dead Sea has receded because it has […]

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Iran’s Strike Force Is Indeed A Terrorist Organization

Filed in Middle East by on April 17, 2019 0 Comments
Iran’s Strike Force Is Indeed A Terrorist Organization

The Trump administration’s designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization is correct and justifiable. U.S. President Donald Trump announced this policy on April 8 and his order took effect on April 15. From this point forward, wide-ranging economic sanctions will be imposed on the IRGC and companies, organizations and […]

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Canadian Jews In The Military In World War II

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Canadian Jews In The Military In World War II

With the 74th anniversary of Germany’s unconditional surrender in World War II fast approaching, spare a thought for the nearly 17,000 Jewish men and women who served in Canada’s armed forces and the 450 who laid down their lives for their country. Among the fatalities was Rose Goodman of Montreal, the first female officer in […]

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A Plea And A Warning To Netanyahu

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A Plea And A Warning To Netanyahu

The two-state solution, though having been relentlessly criticized and battered by Israeli and Palestinian skeptics and rejectionists, is still theoretically on the table. Despite the shocks it has absorbed, it remains the most sane, realistic and practical approach to resolving Israel’s protracted conflict with the Palestinians by peaceful means. For Israel, it confers legitimacy on its […]

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Israel’s Left Has Been Marginalized

Filed in Middle East by on April 13, 2019 0 Comments
Israel’s Left Has Been Marginalized

Apart from prolonging Benjamin Netanyahu’s reign as Israel’s prime minister, the April 9 election reconfirmed the perception that the Israeli left has been marginalized in Israeli politics. On Election Day, the majority of Israelis voted for right-wing and centrist parties, leaving left-of-center and leftist parties in the dust with little more than electoral crumbs. As […]

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Netanyahu’s Victory — Endorsement Of Status Quo

Filed in Middle East by on April 11, 2019 0 Comments
Netanyahu’s Victory — Endorsement Of Status Quo

Israeli voters have spoken loudly and clearly and essentially have opted for the status quo — more of the same from their longtime prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party, which has been in power for the past decade, won 35 Knesset seats in the April 9 general election, as many as Benny Gantz’s […]

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The Holocaust In Hungary 75 Years On

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on April 10, 2019 0 Comments
The Holocaust In Hungary 75 Years On

Seventy five years ago, as Nazi Germany spiralled toward unconditional surrender and ignominious defeat in World War II, the greatest catastrophe to befall Hungarian Jews unfolded with cruel and ruthless precision. Germany, in complicity with its fascist ally, Hungary, rounded up and deported 425,000 Hungarian Jews to the Auschwitz-Treblinka extermination camp, where they were murdered. […]

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