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Auschwitz On Tour

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 3, 2017 0 Comments
Auschwitz On Tour

When I last visited the sprawling site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, I knew I had seen one of the most diabolical and depraved places on the planet. The bleak barracks, the barbed wire fences, the guard posts, the gas chambers and the ruins of crematoria reminded me of the lengths Nazi Germany went […]

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The Vel D’Hiv Raid

Filed in Books by on July 30, 2017 0 Comments
The Vel D’Hiv Raid

Seventy five years ago this month, the collaborationist Vichy regime in France committed its worst single crime. On July 16-17, 1942, French police in Paris rounded up 13,152 stateless Jews — men, women and children — and consigned them to purgatory. Some were taken to a detention camp in Drancy, near Paris. The rest were […]

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A Sobering Lesson For Israel

Filed in Middle East by on July 28, 2017 0 Comments
A Sobering Lesson For Israel

Israel has learned a sobering lesson from the nearly two week standoff at the Temple Mount: Its sovereignty in East Jerusalem, already widely challenged by the international community, is subject to a panoply of constraints and pressures. Israel possesses sweeping powers in the eastern half of the city, conquered by the Israeli army in the […]

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New Syrian Ceasefire Concerns Israel

Filed in Middle East by on July 25, 2017 0 Comments
New Syrian Ceasefire Concerns Israel

The new ceasefire in southwestern Syria, brokered recently by the United States, Russia and Jordan, has led to the first public dispute between Israel and the Trump administration. The truce, the culmination of months of negotiations in which Israel was involved, was announced on July 7 following the first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump […]

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The Ba’athification Of Iraq

Filed in Books by on July 22, 2017 0 Comments
The Ba’athification Of Iraq

Iraq’s dictatorial strongman, Saddam Hussein, ruled his country with an iron hand, tolerating no dissension. Barring a coup or fatal illness, he could have governed Iraq indefinitely had he kept his nose to the grindstone. But being guided by hubris and wildly false assumptions, he made the major mistake of invading neighboring Kuwait on August […]

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TIFF Retrospective Celebrates Actress and Director Ida Lupino

Filed in Film by on July 21, 2017 0 Comments
TIFF Retrospective Celebrates Actress and Director Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino (1918-1995) was a prominent film actress and director in Hollywood in theĀ 1940s and 1950s. In a 48-year career, which began in Britain in 1931, she appeared in 59 movies and directed eight others. As an actress, she was something of a femme fatale, projecting a gutsy persona and playing tough yet vulnerable characters. […]

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Ein Hod — An Israeli Artists’ Village

Filed in Travel by on July 20, 2017 0 Comments
Ein Hod — An Israeli Artists’ Village

Tucked into the lush green hills of the forested Carmel mountain range is Israel’s only artists’ village, Ein Hod. Founded almost 65 years ago by a Romanian Jewish painter, it’s a serene retreat far from the hustle and bustle of Israel’s coastal plain. A short drive from the port of Haifa, Ein Hod is a […]

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Macron Admits French Role In Holocaust

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 18, 2017 0 Comments
Macron Admits French Role In Holocaust

In a courageous and searingly candid acknowledgment of France’s complicity in the Holocaust, President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that France had played a central role in one of its darkest chapters. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Velodrome d’Hiver (Vel d’hiv) roundup of Jews in Paris in the summer of 1942, and speaking in the […]

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Germany Sets A Good Example

Filed in Commentary by on July 16, 2017 0 Comments
Germany Sets A Good Example

Much to its credit, Germany — a nation still in the process of striving to overcome its Nazi past — has passed a law that will force social media companies to delete extremist messaging and posts on their digital platforms. The legislation, drafted by Justice Minister Heiko Maas recently, goes into effect in October. It […]

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Racists Cannot Be Tolerated In A Public Space

Filed in Commentary by on July 14, 2017 0 Comments
Racists Cannot Be Tolerated In A Public Space

The Toronto Public Library came to its senses yesterday, albeit belatedly, when it announced it would review its discredited room rental policy. The library caused an uproar when one of its suburban branches permitted a bunch of white supremacists and racists to use its facilities for a private event on July 12. The controversy erupted […]

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