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The UN’s Fourth Committee Should Get Real

Filed in Middle East by on November 19, 2018 0 Comments
The UN’s Fourth Committee Should Get Real

The Fourth Committee of the United Nations, otherwise known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, adopted nine resolutions earlier this month condemning Israel for its refusal to cede territory captured during the 1967 Six Day War. Eight resolutions dealt with the Palestinian problem, Israel’s five-decade old occupation of the West Bank and its construction […]

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Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

Filed in Middle East by on November 16, 2018 0 Comments
Rehabilitating Gaza And Averting Violence

One more truce has ended yet another round of hostilities in and around the Gaza Strip. But as we all know, none of the previous ceasefires have lasted long and have always given way to more bloodshed. The latest flareup, the most serious since the 2014 war, erupted on November 12 and petered out a […]

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Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

Filed in Middle East by on November 15, 2018 0 Comments
Israel Courts Gulf States And Saudi Arabia

Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman on October 26 caught the Middle East by surprise, but it should not have been a surprising event, even though it was the first such trip by an Israeli prime minister in 22 years. For the past several years, Netanyahu has been saying that Israel has unofficial relations and cooperation […]

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Surviving The Holocaust

Filed in Television by on November 13, 2018 0 Comments
Surviving The Holocaust

Dramatic reunions are the stock-in-trade of We’ll Meet Again, the PBS series hosted by Ann Curry. In the latest installment, Surviving the Holocaust, which will be broadcast on Tuesday, November 20 at 8 p.m. (check local listings), two Jewish men discover the power of friendship. Benjamin Lesser, a Polish Jew from Krakow, is a survivor […]

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Roald Dahl Is Unworthy Of A Commemorative Coin

Filed in Commentary by on November 12, 2018 0 Comments
Roald Dahl Is Unworthy Of A Commemorative Coin

Is there a child who has not read the books of the late British author Roald Dahl? Talented and prolific, he wrote such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches, both of which were read by millions of children, including my two daughters. Dahl’s books, having been translated into numerous languages, have […]

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Canada And The St. Louis

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on November 8, 2018 0 Comments
Canada And The St. Louis

Canada, belatedly, has come clean. On the eve of the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the infamous nation-wide pogrom in Germany orchestrated by Adolf Hitler’s amoral Nazi regime, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued an apology concerning Canada’s callous and shameful refusal to grant asylum to hundreds of desperate German Jewish refugees. In a searingly honest and heartfelt […]

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Looking Back At Anthony Bourdain

Filed in Television by on November 7, 2018 0 Comments
Looking Back At Anthony Bourdain

Like everyone else who watched his popular CNN television program, Parts Unknown, I was shocked by Anthony Bourdain’s suicide last June. Sadly, he was only 61. A celebrity chef of partial Jewish ancestry, he brought a palpable sense of joie de vivre to his vivid presentations. Whether in Burma, Canada, Israel, Spain, China or Thailand, he delved […]

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Cairo Film Festival Flap

Filed in Commentary by on November 6, 2018 0 Comments
Cairo Film Festival Flap

The 40th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival, which will take place from November 20-29, made news recently by cancelling an award due to be given to the French Jewish movie director Claude Lelouch. Lelouch, whose film A Man and a Woman won the coveted Palme d’Or prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, […]

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Trump, Netanyahu And American Jews

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on November 4, 2018 0 Comments
Trump, Netanyahu And American Jews

When U.S. President Donald Trump visited the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh on October 30 to pay his respects to the 11 victims of the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history, he was greeted by only two well-wishers — the rabbi of the synagogue, Jeffery Myers, and Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron […]

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Transit: A Film About Exile And Trauma

Filed in Film by on November 2, 2018 0 Comments
Transit: A Film About Exile And Trauma

Christian Petzold’s newest film, Transit, which opens at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox on November 9, is a meditation about exile, rootlessness and trauma. Petzold bends time itself to rework Anna Seghers’ 1944 novel about a German refugee in Paris who assumes another man’s identity to save himself from fascist barbarians marching toward the city. This […]

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