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El Al Strikes A Blow For Gender Equality

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El Al Strikes A Blow For Gender Equality

El Al, the Israeli flagship carrier, struck a blow for gender equality a few days ago when it announced it will no longer accommodate unjust and unreasonable demands by ultra-Orthodox Jews not to be seated next to women on flights. “Any discrimination by passengers is absolutely forbidden,” El Al chief executive officer Gonen Usishkin said […]

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Chesterton Should Be Denied Sainthood

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Chesterton Should Be Denied Sainthood

Should an antisemite be considered for sainthood by the Roman Catholic church? That’s the burning question now that a British bishop is in the process of considering canonization for G.K. Chesterton, the late British novelist and journalist. Five years ago, the bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, commissioned an investigation to ascertain whether Chesterton, a convert […]

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Kurz Owns Up To Austria’s Nazi Past

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Kurz Owns Up To Austria’s Nazi Past

Visiting Israel this week, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz minced no words in fully accepting Austria’s responsibility for its role in the Holocaust. For decades after World War II, Austria basked in the blithe, blissful belief that it was a victim of German Nazism rather than an active collaborator in Germany’s crimes against humanity. But in […]

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Columbia Professor Needs To Be Reprimanded

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Columbia Professor Needs To Be Reprimanded

Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian Studies and comparative literature at Columbia University in New York City, has placed himself beyond the pale by having written a problematic Facebook post and a scurrilous tweet, both of which have been rightly condemned by students and faculty alike. In a Facebook post last month, which he has […]

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Trivializing Nazi Germany

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Trivializing Nazi Germany

Alexander Gauland, the co-leader and a founder of the far right-wing Alternative for Germany Party (AFD), has trivialized the Nazi interregnum in his country. “Yes, we plead guilty to those 12 years,” he said of the Nazi era. “But we have a glorious history and one, my friends, that lasted a lot longer than those […]

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Israeli Flag Causes Furor

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Israeli Flag Causes Furor

A few days ago, Reiko Fuentes, the principal of Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, a Toronto high school with a considerable number of Jewish students, took it upon herself to remove a Jewish Heritage Month banner from the main foyer of the mid-town school. She did this without bothering to consult the students who had been […]

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Unintended Consequences In Germany

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Unintended Consequences In Germany

At the risk of sounding monotonous, I return once more to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hasty decision to allow more than one million Muslim migrants to flood into Germany since 2015. Much to her probable astonishment and disappointment, it has had unintended consequences. The majority of the newcomers are from Syria, an Arab police state whose […]

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Shame On Trudeau And Freeland

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Shame On Trudeau And Freeland

Late last month, in concert with several Western nations, Canada expelled a number of Russian diplomats stationed here. The federal government explained it had acted in solidarity with Britain, which blames Russia for a deadly chemical attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter residing in the country. Shortly afterwards, Canadian Foreign Minister […]

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Jeremy Corbyn Goes Into Damage Control Mode

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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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Norwegian Festival Penalizes Israeli Artists

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Norwegian Festival Penalizes Israeli Artists

An arts festival in Oslo, Norway, which focuses on gender identity and femininity has unjustly penalized six Israeli choreographers purely on the basis of their nationality. The Feminine Tripper Festival, which took place earlier this month, rejected their applications just because they are Israeli citizens. Political correctness has reached a new low. Shame on the festival. […]

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