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Mr. Gaga Profiles Israeli Dancer

Filed in Film by on March 23, 2017 0 Comments
Mr. Gaga Profiles Israeli Dancer

Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga, a fast-moving and absorbing documentary about one of the world’s finest choreographers and dancers, takes flight from almost the moment it begins. As the camera pans on the protagonist, Ohad Naharin, he coaches a dancer in his studio. “Really beautiful,” he says before instructing her to loosen up and “let go.” A man […]

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Dismiss This Rabbi

Filed in Middle East by on March 20, 2017 0 Comments
Dismiss This Rabbi

Women have always served in the Israeli armed forces and are an integral part of it, but in the past few years, they’ve played an increasingly important role in Israel’s defence. From training new recruits and flying aircraft to manning outposts and driving tanks, they form an indispensable component of Israel’s defence shield. “Since the […]

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Gorka Investigation Needed

Filed in Commentary by on March 19, 2017 0 Comments
Gorka Investigation Needed

Three U.S. senators — Ben Cardin of Maryland, Richard Durbin of Illinois and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — were absolutely right to call for an investigation into of one of President Donald Trump’s top aides, Sebastian Gorka, who may have links to a notorious antisemitic Hungarian organization. Gorka, Trump’s adviser on counter-terrorism, was photographed at […]

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Primed For Violence

Filed in Books by on March 18, 2017 0 Comments
Primed For Violence

Canadian historian Paul Brykczynski has written an authoritative account of a long-forgotten incident in Poland’s early 20th century history that altered its political landscape and undermined its large Jewish community. The “December Events,” as he describes them, unfolded in 1922 against the backdrop of a closely-fought election, anti-Jewish street riots and the assassination of a president. Until […]

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Konstanz — Architectural Showcase

Filed in Travel by on March 17, 2017 0 Comments
Konstanz — Architectural Showcase

Aficionados of classical European architecture are bowled over by Konstanz, the southern German city adjacent to the Swiss border. Niederburg, its oldest neighborhood, is a revelation, an open air museum of building styles ranging from Renaissance to Gothic. During World War II, a profusion of historically important buildings in Germany were destroyed by Allied bombing raids. Konstanz […]

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Bomb Threats Rattle U.S. Jews

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on March 16, 2017 0 Comments
Bomb Threats Rattle U.S. Jews

Since the start of the new year, an ominous wave of antisemitism has roared across the length and breadth of the United States. Jewish community centres, schools and institutions have received about 150 bomb threats, while two Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized. These incidents, unprecedented in scale, have caused anxiety and alarm around the country. President […]

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Night Will Fall

Filed in Film by on March 14, 2017 0 Comments
Night Will Fall

In the spring of 1945, as World War II was winding down, the British government commissioned a documentary about the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. The supervising director would be the Hollywood auteur Alfred Hitchcock. The screenwriter would be Richard Crossman, who would go on to become a British cabinet minister. The […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan Is A Loose Cannon

Filed in Commentary by on March 11, 2017 0 Comments
Turkey’s Erdogan Is A Loose Cannon

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has done it again. In his usual intemperate style, he’s accused two friendly countries, the Federal Republic of Germany and Holland, of behaving like Nazi Germany. The comparison is absurd, but lest we forget, Erdogan has also levelled this odious accusation against Israel, not once but twice. Clearly, he’s a loose […]

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The Settlers

Filed in Film by on March 10, 2017 0 Comments
The Settlers

There are now 225 Jewish settlements and outposts in the West Bank, conquered by the Israeli army during the 1967 Six Day War. Since then, Israel and the West Bank have morphed into a single geo-political unit. This inescapable reality has enormous ramifications on the long-simmering Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel’s armed presence in the West Bank […]

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Canadian Minister Should Acknowledge The Truth

Filed in Commentary by on March 9, 2017 0 Comments
Canadian Minister Should Acknowledge The Truth

Why can’t Chrystia Freeland acknowledge the truth? Why can’t she come clean? Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister and a member of Parliament representing a mid-town Toronto district, has been less than transparent about her maternal grandfather, Michael (Mikhailo) Chomiak, who edited a pro-Nazi Ukrainian newspaper in Cracow during Germany’s occupation of Poland. The publication in question, Krakivski […]

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