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Poland Should Not Whitewash Its History

Filed in Commentary by on June 23, 2017 0 Comments
Poland Should Not Whitewash Its History

George Orwell, the great British essayist, famously wrote, “Who controls the present, controls the past.” Orwell’s penetratingly wise credo came to mind after I read a Canadian Press news story, dated June 20, about a ongoing Polish campaign to discredit a respected Canadian academic. Jan Grabowski, a University of Ottawa historian specializing in the Holocaust […]

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Clearing The Internet Of Extremists

Filed in Commentary by on June 21, 2017 0 Comments
Clearing The Internet Of Extremists

Shortly after Muslim suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself to smithereens at a concert in Manchester, taking down 22 people with him, British Prime Minister Theresa May advised internet providers that they were duty-bound to monitor and stop the spread of jihadist propaganda. “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed,” […]

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The Rise And Fall Of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

Filed in Books by on June 20, 2017 0 Comments
The Rise And Fall Of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood, the most organized and cohesive political force in Egypt following the collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian government in 2011, ruled the country from 2012 to 2013. During this interim period, Mohammed Morsi was at Egypt’s helm as its first democratically elected president. Morsi squandered the opportunity the electorate had handed him, catalyzing […]

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The Halimi Affair

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on June 19, 2017 0 Comments
The Halimi Affair

In the early hours of April 4, an African Muslim drug dealer/lowlife named Kobili Traore broke into the Paris apartment of a 66-year-old Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, and proceeded to assault her. As he viciously beat Halimi, he cried out, “Allah hu akbar.” He then threw Halimi to her death from her third-storey balcony. The horrific […]

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Portrait of Elsa Dorfman

Filed in Film by on June 17, 2017 0 Comments
Portrait of Elsa Dorfman

Elsa Dorfman, an American portrait photographer whose subjects run the gamut from Allen Ginsberg to W.H. Auden, was once under-appreciated. Today, she’s sufficiently important enough in photographic circles to rate rave reviews from peers and clients alike. Certainly, filmmaker Errol Morris thinks highly of her, judging by his biopic, The B-Side, which opens in Canada […]

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El Salvador’s Bearer Of Conscience

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on June 15, 2017 0 Comments
El Salvador’s Bearer Of Conscience

Jose Arturo Castellanos was one of the unassuming heroes of the Holocaust, an army colonel and diplomat from the small Central American country of El Salvador who rescued thousands of European Jews from the clutches of the Nazis. Honored by Yad Vashem in 2010 as a Righteous Gentile, he issued more than 12,000 Salvadoran citizenship certificates […]

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Impediments To Peace

Filed in Middle East by on June 14, 2017 0 Comments
Impediments To Peace

If Israel is ever to make peace with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to display a lot more courage and backbone. In recent days, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported that Netanyahu was prepared to restart peace talks with the Palestinians, broken off three years ago, in the hope of negotiating a comprehensive […]

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Acre — A Preserved Crusader City

Filed in Travel by on June 13, 2017 0 Comments
Acre — A Preserved Crusader City

Acre, a historic port in northern Israel, sits on the remnants of the world’s only fully preserved Crusader city. Visitors who spend a few hours in its old quarter, designated as a World Heritage site by the United Nations, can feast their eyes on subterranean Crusader ruins that were uncovered by archaeologists in the 1950s and […]

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Bringing Zion Home

Filed in Books by on June 10, 2017 0 Comments
Bringing Zion Home

It probably will come as no surprise that American Jews formed a binding relationship with Israel through culture and food rather than through politics. During the first two decades of Israel’s existence, they bonded with the new state by reading books about it, buying Israeli crafts, paintings and apparel, attending concerts by Israeli musicians and […]

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The Templers Of Palestine

Filed in Middle East by on June 8, 2017 0 Comments
The Templers Of Palestine

One of the busiest thoroughfares in Tel Aviv, Kaplan Street, leads to a host of nearby destinations — the Azrieli towers, the Arlozoroff railway station, the Ayalon expressway, the Israeli government media center and one of the city’s newest and most historically interesting attractions, the Sarona market, an upscale complex of more than 90 shops, […]

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