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University Professor Crosses The Line

Filed in Commentary by on September 22, 2018 0 Comments
University Professor Crosses The Line

An American university professor who declined to write a letter of recommendation for a Jewish student intending to study in Israel for a semester acted in a discriminatory manner at odds with the hallowed principles of academic freedom. John Cheney-Lippold, who teaches American culture and digital studies at the University of Michigan, told Abigail Ingber that […]

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Israel Enforcing “Red Lines” In Syria

Filed in Middle East by on September 20, 2018 0 Comments
Israel Enforcing “Red Lines” In Syria

It’s safe to say that Israel intends to vigorously enforce its “red lines” in Syria, despite a recent upsurge of tension with Russia, Syria’s chief ally and protector. In recent days, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it crystal clear that Israel will use force if necessary to achieve four overlapping strategic goals in Syria. […]

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Fahrenheit 11/9

Filed in Film by on September 18, 2018 0 Comments
Fahrenheit 11/9

Long before he was elected president of the United States, Donald Trump said he hoped that Michael Moore, the iconoclastic documentarian, would never make a movie about him. Famous last words. Presumably, Trump understood that Moore would not exactly treat him with kid gloves. He was absolutely right. In his latest documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, which […]

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The Angel

Filed in Television by on September 17, 2018 0 Comments
The Angel

Ashraf Marwan was an enigmatic figure. He was the son-in-law of an Egyptian president, yet he appeared to betray his country by spying for Israel, Egypt’s arch enemy. Nonetheless, the Egyptian government hailed him as a hero after his death. So was Marwan really a double agent? Ariel Vromen, the director of The Angel, a Netflix […]

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A Biopic About Gilda Radner

Filed in Film by on September 16, 2018 0 Comments
A Biopic About Gilda Radner

The American comedian Gilda Radner died prematurely in 1989 at 42 when she succumbed to cancer. What a loss it was to the entertainment industry. She had so much more to contribute. Lisa D’Apolito’s biopic, Gilda, which opens in Toronto on September 21 at the Hot Docs Bloor Cinema, brings her back for an fleeting […]

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The Oslo Peace Process 25 Years On

Filed in Middle East by on September 15, 2018 0 Comments
The Oslo Peace Process 25 Years On

Twenty five years after it was signed in Washington, D.C. by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat, the Oslo peace accord has crumbled and ground to a complete halt. Widely regarded as a diplomatic breakthrough signifying the beginning of the end of Israel’s protracted conflict with the Palestinians, it aroused great […]

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Lithuanian War Criminal Unmasked

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on September 14, 2018 0 Comments
Lithuanian War Criminal Unmasked

Should a genocidal killer be held in esteem? Should a school be named after him? Should a plaque in his honor be permitted to remain in the library of a major educational institution? Of course not! And yet this is precisely what happened in Lithuania when Jonas Noreika — a Nazi collaborator and an arch […]

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Netanyahu’s Petty Act Of Petulance

Filed in Middle East by on September 11, 2018 0 Comments
Netanyahu’s Petty Act Of Petulance

In what can only be described as a petty act of petulance, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently recalled Israel’s ambassador in Paraguay and closed the Israeli embassy in Asuncion. He made these rash decisions after Paraguay, in a dramatic reversal, moved its embassy in Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv. “Israel views with the utmost gravity the […]

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Trump’s Peace Plan May Never See The Light Of Day

Filed in Middle East by on September 9, 2018 0 Comments
Trump’s Peace Plan May Never See The Light Of Day

U.S. President Donald Trump’s much-vaunted Middle East peace plan, the “ultimate deal” to resolve Israel’s protracted conflict with the Palestinians, was supposed to be unveiled this summer. Keenly aware of this timeline, Trump’s representatives in charge of the peace process, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, began distributing a draft of the proposal. They may have […]

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Envoy To The Promised Land

Filed in Books by on September 7, 2018 0 Comments
Envoy To The Promised Land

James Grover McDonald, the first U.S. ambassador to Israel, kept a diary from the moment he arrived in the Jewish state in 1948 until the day he finished his duties in 1951. An academic and a journalist, he was personally chosen for the post by President Harry Truman after Washington’s recognition of Israel. At first, […]

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