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Argentina Reopens An Explosive Case

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on January 8, 2017 0 Comments
Argentina Reopens An Explosive Case

To its credit, the highest criminal appeals court in Argentina has reopened a murky and convoluted case relating to the deadliest terrorist attack in Argentina’s history, the bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994. In a unanimous decision recently, the Court of Cassation decided to reopen a file turning on […]

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Google Should Combat Holocaust Denial

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 18, 2016 0 Comments
Google Should Combat Holocaust Denial

It’s outrageous but true. If you type the word “Holocaust” on the Google search engine site, a wave of mostly reputable articles relating to this unprecedented event in European and Jewish history appears. But if you enter the phrase “Did the Holocaust happen?”, you’ll be taken by surprise. Incredibly enough, the first item that pops up […]

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Jud Suss — A Nazi Propaganda Film

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 9, 2016 0 Comments
Jud Suss — A Nazi Propaganda Film

Film is a powerful tool in mobilizing public opinion in support of a cause or idea. Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s rabidly antisemitic propaganda minister, instinctively understood this principle as he launched campaigns to marginalize and demonize German Jews. As commissar of the German movie industry, Goebbels had the authority to commission films. Three of them […]

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Jews In Arab Lands Before Israel

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on November 22, 2016 0 Comments
Jews In Arab Lands Before Israel

The majority of Arabs regard Jews as enemies because much of the scholarship about pre-1948 Muslim-Jewish relations is refracted through the lens of the Arab-Israeli conflict, says an American scholar who specializes in the topic. Typically, such Arabs have never met a Jew, nor can they imagine a time when Jews were an indigenous and […]

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Polish-Jewish Relations Under Scrutiny Again

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on November 8, 2016 0 Comments
Polish-Jewish Relations Under Scrutiny Again

An acrimonious debate is raging in Poland and the Jewish Diaspora concerning the attitude of Poles toward Jews during Nazi Germany’s brutal occupation of Poland in World War II. The debate, which has drawn in the right-wing government of Poland, turns on Polish-Jewish relations, a sensitive subject even in the best of times. Poland is currently […]

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Jews And Ukrainians: A Millennium Of Stereotypes

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on October 31, 2016 0 Comments
Jews And Ukrainians: A Millennium Of Stereotypes

The launch of a glossy coffee table book on Jewish-Ukrainian relations provided its co-authors with an opportunity to discuss their complicated topic. At a symposium earlier this month at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern — a professor of Jewish Studies at Northwestern University — and Paul Robert Magocsi — the […]

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Austria Struggles With A Thorny Issue

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on October 22, 2016 0 Comments
Austria Struggles With A Thorny Issue

On April 20, 1889, at 6:30 p.m., Klara Polzl gave birth to a boy in Braunau am Inn, a town in Austria adjacent to the German border. The boy’s name is inscribed in crabbed letters in a mouldering registry kept behind lock and key in St. Stephen, Braunau’s preeminent Roman Catholic church. A Gothic pile whose spire […]

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Antisemite’s Website Should Be Closed

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on October 3, 2016 0 Comments
Antisemite’s Website Should Be Closed

Arthur Topham, a notorious Canadian antisemite, is playing fast and loose with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canada’s bill of rights. Topham, convicted last November of willfully promoting hatred against Jews through his vile website, RadicalPress.com, is using the Charter to challenge the constitutional legality of Canadian hate crime laws. What a cynical and […]

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Chinese Jews In Kaifeng

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on September 27, 2016 0 Comments
Chinese Jews In Kaifeng

I was surprised to read recently that China has cracked down on the minuscule Jewish community of Kaifeng. Historically, China has been a haven for Jews and one of the very few countries that has been free of antisemitism. As part of President Xi Jinping’s campaign against unapproved religious faiths and foreign influence, the Chinese […]

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The Rift Between Israel and the Diaspora Widens

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 11, 2016 0 Comments
The Rift Between Israel and the Diaspora Widens

Sadly enough, Israel seems to be the only country in the world where a pre-modern Orthodox rabbinate, in collusion with the government, delegitimizes the Conservative and Reform streams of Judaism. It’s not only scandalous and shameful, but bound to widen the already growing rift between Israel and the Diaspora. In recent years, the government of […]

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