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Round Two In Gaza

Filed in Middle East by on April 8, 2018 0 Comments
Round Two In Gaza

Round two of the Palestinians’ March of Return, which took place on April 6, unfolded almost exactly the same as the first one on March 30. Twenty thousand Palestinians Arabs converged on a tent encampment in the Gaza Strip adjacent to Israel’s border fence to protest Israel’s blockade of Gaza and to call for the […]

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Saudi Crown Prince Offers An Olive Branch

Filed in Middle East by on April 7, 2018 0 Comments
Saudi Crown Prince Offers An Olive Branch

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently surprised and angered millions of Arabs when he implicitly recognized Israel’s existence and indicated that the establishment of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel could be mutually beneficial. Prince Mohammed, the 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne, made his views known in an interview with The Atlantic while […]

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Borg Vs. McEnroe

Filed in Film by on April 6, 2018 0 Comments
Borg Vs. McEnroe

In 1980, at the age of 24, the Swedish tennis champion Bjorn Borg was at the top of his game, having won a succession of Grand Slam titles, including four consecutive Wimbledon titles. Now he was chasing his fifth Wimbledon title, but one of his fiercest competitors, the 20 year-old American John McEnroe, was determined […]

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Shadows Of Survival

Filed in Books by on April 5, 2018 0 Comments
Shadows Of Survival

With the 75th anniversary of the April 19 Warsaw ghetto uprising looming, Kristine Keese’s Shadows of Survival: A Child’s Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto (Academic Studies Press), is certainly timely. Keese, born into an assimilated Jewish family in the Polish capital, was eight years old when she and her mother were forced into the ghetto. They […]

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GI Jews: Jewish Americans In World War II

Filed in Television by on April 4, 2018 0 Comments
GI Jews: Jewish Americans In World War II

Five hundred thousand Jewish Americans, many of them the sons and daughters of immigrants, served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. Ten thousand of them were women. Lisa Ades’ absorbing documentary, GI Jews: Jewish Americans In World War II, scheduled to be broadcast on the PBS network on April 11 at 10 p.m. […]

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Race: Jesse Owens At The 1936 Olympics In Berlin

Filed in Film by on April 3, 2018 0 Comments
Race: Jesse Owens At The 1936 Olympics In Berlin

Stephen Hopkins’ workmanlike feature film, Race, pays homage to Jesse Owens, the African-American track and field star who, at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, left his competitors in the dust and demolished the Nazi notion of Aryan racial superiority, much to the ire of Adolf Hitler and company. But Race, which is now available […]

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Gaza’s March of Return

Filed in Middle East by on April 2, 2018 0 Comments
Gaza’s March of Return

The March of Return, which unfolded on March 30 along Israel’s border fence with the Gaza Strip and resulted in the deaths of 15 Palestinians — the biggest Palestinian death toll in a single day since the 2014 Gaza war — was exploited by Hamas to exert diplomatic pressure on Israel and to highlight the […]

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Jeremy Corbyn Goes Into Damage Control Mode

Filed in Commentary by on April 1, 2018 0 Comments
Jeremy Corbyn Goes Into Damage Control Mode

Jeremy Corbyn, the embattled 68-year-old leader of Britain’s left-of-center Labor Party, is under fire again. Corbyn, a dark horse candidate from the hard left of the party, succeeded the middle-of-the-road Ed Miliband in 2015. Since then, he has been busy fending off accusations of being anti-Israel and soft on antisemitic members of the party, which […]

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Itzhak — Film Portrait Of A Brilliant Violinist

Filed in Film by on March 31, 2018 0 Comments
Itzhak — Film Portrait Of A Brilliant Violinist

Alison Chernick’s uplifting documentary about virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman, Itzhak, is a marvel of sight and sound. Opening at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto on April 6, it’s a moving portrait of a gifted musician who’s devoted to his craft and his family and whose overarching goal is to pass on his […]

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A Victim of Antisemitism

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on March 30, 2018 0 Comments
A Victim of Antisemitism

Mireille Knoll survived Germany’s brutal occupation of France as 73,000 of her fellow Jews were uprooted from their homes by German forces in collaboration with the Vichy regime and deported to Nazi extermination camps in Poland. But on March 23, in what French President Emmanuel Macron later denounced as an “appalling” crime, she was murdered […]

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