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The Chinese Exclusion Act

Filed in Television by on May 24, 2018 0 Comments
The Chinese Exclusion Act

The United States has always taken pride in being a democratic haven for the oppressed, a place where persecuted minorities like Jews could begin life anew. But for centuries, American society was racist to the core. A case in point is The Chinese Exclusion Act, signed by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882. […]

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Israel’s Bipartisan Support in U.S. Appears at Risk

Filed in Middle East by on May 23, 2018 0 Comments
Israel’s Bipartisan Support in U.S. Appears at Risk

Is bipartisan support for Israel in the U.S. Congress slipping? This appears to be the case, judging by a series of recent events. A festive ceremony in Jerusalem on May 14 marking Israel’s 70th anniversary of statehood and the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem attracted a small delegation of Republicans from the Senate […]

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Masada — A Beacon Of Freedom And Despair

Filed in Travel by on May 21, 2018 0 Comments
Masada — A Beacon Of Freedom And Despair

The British playwright, composer and singer Noel Coward wrote in jest that only “mad dogs and Englishman go out in the midday sun.” His amusing lyrics came to mind during my last visit to Masada, the ancient Jewish rebel fortress conquered by a Roman army in 74 CE. Under a broiling sun in the Judean Desert, […]

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Erdogan Picks A Fight With Israel Yet Again

Filed in Middle East by on May 19, 2018 0 Comments
Erdogan Picks A Fight With Israel Yet Again

Once again, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is shooting from the hip, creating a diplomatic crisis with one of Turkey’s most important neighbors. The volatile and authoritarian Turkish president did it again this week when he denounced Israel as a “terror state,” reiterated his allegiance to the Palestinian cause and downgraded Turkey’s loveless relationship with Israel, at […]

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Kayak To Klemtu

Filed in Film by on May 19, 2018 0 Comments
Kayak To Klemtu

Zoe Leigh Hopkins celebrates Canada’s wilderness and its indigenous native culture in Kayak To Klemtu, a purebred Canadian movie opening in theaters on May 25. This is an old-fashioned film in the best sense of its meaning. No violence. No sex. No nudity. No pyrotechnics. In short, no gratuitous distractions. So refreshing. The plot is […]

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Russia And Israel Avoid Conflict Over Syria

Filed in Middle East by on May 17, 2018 0 Comments
Russia And Israel Avoid Conflict Over Syria

Tellingly enough, Russia refrained from condemning Israel after it carried out massive air strikes in Syria against Iranian and Syrian targets on May 10. Russia, which has cordial relations with both Israel and Iran and a special relationship with Syria, issued an innocuous statement rather than a condemnation after Israel’s ferocious attack. Its deputy foreign minister, Mikhail […]

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Jubilation And Bloodshed

Filed in Middle East by on May 15, 2018 0 Comments
Jubilation And Bloodshed

It was a day of jubilation and bloodshed, a surrealistic commingling of events. As the United States officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, thereby fulfilling  President Donald Trump’s campaign promise, Israeli troops, acting in self-defence, killed 60 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,300 from the Gaza Strip who had charged toward Israel’s […]

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Memoirs Of Life In Israel

Filed in Books by on May 14, 2018 0 Comments
Memoirs Of Life In Israel

Shimon Redlich and Gabriel Shapiro immigrated to Israel as young men. Both have written engaging memoirs about their experiences in the Jewish state, which marks its 70th anniversary on May 14 by the Gregorian calendar. Redlich, a Ukrainian Jew, arrived in Israel in 1950 by way of Poland. In A New Life in Israel (Academic Studies […]

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A Film Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Filed in Film by on May 12, 2018 0 Comments
A Film Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As a lawyer and as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a force for constructive change in the United States since the 1970s. “She created a legal landscape,” says one of her admirers in RBG, an upbeat and bracing documentary by Julie Cohen and Betsy West due to open […]

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Disobedience: Dark Yet Illuminating

Filed in Film by on May 11, 2018 0 Comments
Disobedience: Dark Yet Illuminating

Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams taste the sweetness of forbidden fruit in Disobedience, a dark yet illuminating film by Sebastian Lelio set in London’s Orthodox Jewish community. Ronit (Weisz), a professional photographer who lives in New York City, and Esti (McAdams), a teacher at a local Jewish day school, are old friends who haven’t seen […]

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