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Never Look Away

Filed in Film by on February 16, 2019 0 Comments
Never Look Away

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s latest movie, Never Look Away, which opens in Canada on February 22, is a sweeping personal and historic drama about the artistic development of the renowned German painter Gerhard Richter and the turbulence that engulfed Germany during the Nazi era and the division of the country into two politically irreconcilable republics, East Germany and West […]

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Polish Ambassador Tells The Truth

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 15, 2019 0 Comments
Polish Ambassador Tells The Truth

I stand corrected. In a recent piece, I used the phrase “Polish complicity” to describe the antisemitic crimes that some Poles committed during the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland. As Poland’s ambassador to Israel, Marek Magierowski, correctly pointed out in an interview with the Times of Israel on February 11, the words “Polish complicity” imply that Poland […]

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Russia’s Convoluted Policy In Syria

Filed in Middle East by on February 13, 2019 0 Comments
Russia’s Convoluted Policy In Syria

Syria’s preeminent ally, Russia, should clarify its policy in Syria with respect to Israel, Iran and Hezbollah. At present, it is convoluted, contradictory and, ultimately, muddled. The problem is devilishly complex. The Syrians, having enabled Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria, have become entangled in Israel’s resultant conflict with Iran. Russia, Syria’s arms provider and political […]

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Donald Trump’s Premature Announcements

Filed in Middle East by on February 12, 2019 0 Comments
Donald Trump’s Premature Announcements

The erratic and bombastic Donald Trump pulls one surprise after another from his bag of tricks. In December, the U.S. president announced that the United States, having defeated the Islamic State organization, would unilaterally withdraw its contingent of 2,000 troops from Syria. Trump’s announcement surprised, among others, the head of the U.S. Central Command, General […]

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Putting The Cart Before the Horse

Filed in Middle East by on February 11, 2019 0 Comments
Putting The Cart Before the Horse

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thinks Israel can normalize relations with the Arab world before the Palestinian problem is fully resolved. Animated by this belief, he and his cabinet ministers have reached out to Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East — and in Africa — in a bid to turn this concept into reality. Netanyahu’s facile […]

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Alt-Right: Age Of Rage

Filed in Television by on February 9, 2019 0 Comments
Alt-Right: Age Of Rage

As a fringe movement, the alt-right in the United States had its “15 minutes of fame” in August 2017, when it organized a Unite the Right rally in the quaint town of Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the scheduled removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the commander of Confederate forces during the American Civil […]

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Newcomers In U.S. Congress Challenge Pro-Israel Policy

Filed in Middle East by on February 7, 2019 0 Comments
Newcomers In U.S. Congress Challenge Pro-Israel Policy

A new wave of Democrats swept into the U.S. Congress last month after mid-term elections in November, wresting control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans. Among the novices are the first two Muslim women ever to serve in Congress — Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who have been respectively assigned […]

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Inside The Mossad

Filed in Television by on February 6, 2019 0 Comments
Inside The Mossad

Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad, is widely admired and feared. Its fearsome reputation, the stuff of legends, informs Inside the Mossad, a four-part Israeli series now available on the Netflix streaming network. In the first few moments, Rafi Eitan, the Mossad’s chief of operations from 1950 to 1981, tells a story about an Israeli […]

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The Book Thieves

Filed in Books by on February 4, 2019 0 Comments
The Book Thieves

The 19th century German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine wrote, “Where books are burned, in the end people will be burned too.” What an insightful prophecy! As the Holocaust — a Nazi genocidal project — unfolded throughout Europe during World War II, Germany engaged in the greatest book theft in history, ransacking private and public collections. “The […]

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Who Will Write Our History

Filed in Film by on February 2, 2019 0 Comments
Who Will Write Our History

By any yardstick, Emanuel Ringelblum was a heroic figure. As the Nazi occupation of Poland deepened, he began keeping a diary of daily events in the Warsaw ghetto, where he lived. As the oppression intensified and he came to the realization that the Germans were intent on exterminating Polish Jews, he brought together fellow Jews […]

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