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Labor Party Roiled By Debate Over Antisemitism

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Labor Party Roiled By Debate Over Antisemitism

Britain’s embattled and divided Labor Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn since 2015, is heading for an acrimonious showdown whose outcome could well affect its electoral prospects. Early in September, the party will decide whether to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, which has been accepted by scores of countries, including Britain, […]

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Iraqi Jewish Archives Should Remain In U.S.

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Iraqi Jewish Archives Should Remain In U.S.

There is a good case for keeping the Iraqi Jewish Archive in the United States rather than giving it back to Iraq. Consisting of tens of thousands of religious texts, books, personal items and photographs, this priceless trove contains items ranging from a 16th century Hebrew bible to an 18th century Talmud. Found by American […]

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Polish-Israeli Declaration Soft-Pedals Key Issue

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Polish-Israeli Declaration Soft-Pedals Key Issue

Late last month, just minutes after Poland’s parliament enacted legislation removing a troublesome clause from its controversial Holocaust law, ratified by President Anderzej Duda last February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, issued a joint declaration intended to defuse tensions between Israel and Poland. In at least two respects, the […]

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When Will Justice Prevail In Argentina?

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When Will Justice Prevail In Argentina?

The Alberto Nisman case in Argentina remains shrouded in mystery. Three and a half years after Nisman’s untimely death, the Argentine government is still grappling with its fallout, with no end in sight. Nisman, a 51-year-old special prosecutor appointed in 2004 to investigate the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, […]

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Kippas In Germany

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Kippas In Germany

Should Jews in Germany wear kippas in public?  Or should they, as recently advised by the chairman of Germany’s leading Jewish organization, leave them at home, tuck them into their pockets or don less identifiably Jewish head coverings? The issue arose after a 19-year-old Syrian asylum seeker in Berlin attacked a young Israeli man wearing […]

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Archival Footage Sheds Light On Slansky Trial

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Archival Footage Sheds Light On Slansky Trial

The British-made satirical film, The Death of Stalin, released last year, made fun of the absurdity of Soviet “justice” in the years when the dictator ruled his empire like an Oriental satrap. Accusations against people could come out of thin air. Trials, preceded by torture to extract confessions, took minutes. A bullet in the head […]

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Sachsenhausen — A Template Of Nazi Terror

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Sachsenhausen — A Template Of Nazi Terror

Cynically portrayed by Nazi Germany as a “reeducation center,” the Sachsenhausen concentration camp was a synonym for unbridled state-sponsored terror. Although it was not an extermination camp, like Treblinka, it consumed the lives of about 50,000 people from 1936 to 1945. Now a memorial and museum, Sachsenhausen was not the first concentration camp built on […]

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A Victim of Antisemitism

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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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A Look Back At The Antisemitic Campaign In Poland 50 Years Ago

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A Look Back At The Antisemitic Campaign In Poland 50 Years Ago

Irena Grudzinska-Gross was one of the leaders of the Polish student protest movement that ignited one of the most shameful episodes in Poland’s postwar history. Speaking in Toronto on March 26, she claimed that the state-sponsored antisemitic campaign in Poland from 1967 to 1968 cannot be separated from the mass murder of three million Polish […]

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Poland Struggles With Its Demons

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Poland Struggles With Its Demons

Polish President Andrzej Duda recently delivered a candid speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the antisemitic campaign launched by the then Communist regime under the guise of anti-Zionism. As a result of the calumnies levelled against Polish Jewish citizens, the vast majority of whom were highly assimilated, 13,000 or more Jews fled into exile, […]

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