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Toronto Jewish Film Festival (1)

Filed in Film by on April 18, 2017 0 Comments
Toronto Jewish Film Festival (1)

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival runs from May 4 to 14. To mark this milestone, the festival is rebranding itself as the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation. This year’s edition offers a rich and eclectic selection of movies — feature films, documentaries and shorts — from around the world which will […]

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Pie-In-The-Sky Peace Plan

Filed in Middle East by on April 17, 2017 0 Comments
Pie-In-The-Sky Peace Plan

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz recently unveiled a Middle East peace plan predicated on two practical public works projects. He claims they can be “game changers” in terms of Israel’s future relationship with the Palestinians and neighbouring Arab countries. Katz’s proposal, while innovative, suffers from a fatal flaw. Katz wants to build a seaport on […]

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Russia Reinforces Its Alliance With Syria

Filed in Middle East by on April 15, 2017 0 Comments
Russia Reinforces Its Alliance With Syria

Russia, Syria’s chief ally and protector, faced a moment of truth following last week’s military strike and counter-strike in the Middle East. On April 6, the United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into a Syrian air force base in retaliation for a bombing raid launched by Syria on April 4 that killed 87 civilians in […]

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He Created A Synthetic Language

Filed in Guest Voices by on April 14, 2017 0 Comments
He Created A Synthetic Language

The 100th anniversary of the death of Ludwik Zamenhof, the creator of the Esperanto language, was observed on April 14 of this year. Zamenhof, a Jewish physician, was born in the northeastern Polish city of Bialystok in 1859 and died in Warsaw in 1917. Bialystok belonged to the Russian Empire at the time and, as […]

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The Age of Jihad

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The Age of Jihad

Since the fall of the Ottoman Empire a century ago, the Middle East has fallen into a dismal state of chronic instability, lurching from one coup d’état to another, from one war to the next. But since the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in 2001 and 2003 respectively, the stability of the region has […]

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Marine Le Pen Distorts Reality

Filed in Commentary by on April 11, 2017 0 Comments
Marine Le Pen Distorts Reality

Jean- Marie Le Pen, the founder of the far-right National Front party in France, was known for twisting and distorting historical reality. Some years ago, he airly dismissed the Holocaust as “a detail” in the annals of World War II. This cavalier comment showed Le Pen to be a fool, an antisemite or, perhaps more […]

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Palestinian School Texts Poison Minds

Filed in Middle East by on April 10, 2017 0 Comments
Palestinian School Texts Poison Minds

The Palestinian Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, keeps harping on its intention to end the Palestinians’ protracted dispute with Israel through a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border and land swaps. Abbas’ assertions are a bold repudiation of the Israeli government’s flimsy claim that the PA is not a negotiating partner. This line […]

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Trump Turns Against Assad

Filed in Middle East by on April 8, 2017 0 Comments
Trump Turns Against Assad

The burning question following the United States’ cruise missile strike against the Al Shayrat air force base in Syria on April 6 is whether the Trump administration has fundamentally changed its policy toward the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Less than a week before two U.S. destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea fired 59 […]

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Is War With Russia On The Horizon?

Filed in Guest Voices by on April 7, 2017 0 Comments
Is War With Russia On The Horizon?

Are the neoconservative jingoists in Washington pushing for armed conflict with Russia? Their charge that an April 4 chemical gas attack by air against civilians in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun was ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, supported by Moscow, is, very conveniently, giving them further ammunition to create war hysteria. Two days […]

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A Commendable Decision

Filed in Commentary by on April 6, 2017 0 Comments
A Commendable Decision

Until quite recently, the student union at Ryerson University in Toronto appeared cool, if not hostile, toward Jewish student concerns. Three years ago this month, the union joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, an outfit whose goal is to delegitimize Israel. Last November, at its semi-annual general meeting, two anti-Israel organizations, Students […]

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