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The Astonishing Naivete of Mark Zuckerberg

Filed in Commentary by on July 22, 2018 0 Comments
The Astonishing Naivete of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, one of the founders of Facebook, needs to rethink his position that Holocaust deniers should be permitted to post their false and scurrilous material on his social networking platform. Several days ago, in an interview with the tech news site Recode, Zuckerberg said that while he would not remove a post denying the Holocaust, […]

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Shame On The Ontario Civil Liberties Association

Filed in Commentary by on July 20, 2018 0 Comments
Shame On The Ontario Civil Liberties Association

Incredulously enough, the Ontario Civil Liberties Association has rushed to the aid of Monika Schaefer, a Canadian Holocaust denier who’s currently on trial in Munich for inciting racial hatred, a criminal offence in Germany. The executive director of the association, Joseph Hickey, has written a letter to Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Foreign Minister […]

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The Bone In Israel’s Throat

Filed in Middle East by on July 19, 2018 0 Comments
The Bone In Israel’s Throat

Israel withdrew unilaterally from the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2005, but 13 years on Gaza remains a tinderbox and a bone in Israel’s throat. Israel had hoped that its pullout from Gaza, conceived and implemented by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, would bring a measure of prosperity to its generally impoverished Palestinian inhabitants and […]

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Polish-Israeli Declaration Soft-Pedals Key Issue

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 17, 2018 0 Comments
Polish-Israeli Declaration Soft-Pedals Key Issue

Late last month, just minutes after Poland’s parliament enacted legislation removing a troublesome clause from its controversial Holocaust law, ratified by President Anderzej Duda last February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, issued a joint declaration intended to defuse tensions between Israel and Poland. In at least two respects, the […]

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Jabotinsky’s Children

Filed in Books by on July 16, 2018 0 Comments
Jabotinsky’s Children

During the interwar period, Poland, with a Jewish population of 3.3 million, was an incubator for the development of right-wing Zionism. Its foremost proponent, the Russian-born Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, was the founder of Betar, one of the most popular Zionist youth movements in Europe. Claiming a world-wide membership of some 60,000, of whom 45,000 lived […]

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Somebody Feed Phil (2)

Filed in Television by on July 14, 2018 0 Comments
Somebody Feed Phil (2)

The inimitable Phil Rosenthal is back for a second season on Netflix with his entertaining food/travel show, Somebody Feed Phil. He describes himself as a foodie, but he’s really a gourmand rather than a gourmet. Jokey and light, he’s the polar opposite of the late Anthony Bourdain. An indefatigable kibitzer with a gift of the gab […]

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Iran Coming Under Pressure To Withdraw From Syria

Filed in Middle East by on July 12, 2018 0 Comments
Iran Coming Under Pressure To Withdraw From Syria

On the eve of U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16, pressure is building on Iran to withdraw its contingent of advisors and troops from Syria. Israel and the United States have demanded Iran’s pullout, as have Sunni Arab nations ranging from Saudi Arabia to Egypt. Even […]

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Amazon: Stop Selling Racist Merchandise

Filed in Commentary by on July 10, 2018 0 Comments
Amazon: Stop Selling Racist Merchandise

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has a lot of explaining to do following a disturbing report indicating it sells white supremacist, neo-Nazi and antisemitic merchandise on its platforms. In an era when the alt right seems to be riding high, Amazon’s laissez-faire policy is downright disappointing and objectionable. According to a report issued recently […]

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Polish Cardinal August Hlond Was No Saint

Filed in Commentary by on July 9, 2018 0 Comments
Polish Cardinal August Hlond Was No Saint

Pope Francis recently issued a decree recognizing the “heroic virtues” of Cardinal August Hlond, the Roman Catholic primate in Poland from the 1920s to the 1940s. It brought Hlond one step closer to sainthood, an exalted status he surely does not deserve. One of his foremost admirers, the Polish priest Boguslaw Koziol, is arguing his […]

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Syria’s Latest Offensive Concerns Israel

Filed in Middle East by on July 7, 2018 0 Comments
Syria’s Latest Offensive Concerns Israel

Syria’s current offensive to recapture Daraa province from anti-regime rebels is giving Israel cause for concern. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began sending reinforcements to southwestern Syria in mid-May in a bid to stamp out the last embers of the rebellion there. On June 19, the Syrian army, assisted by Russian airpower, Iranian advisers, Hezbollah ground troops […]

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