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“A Dreadful Moment” In Kishinev

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“A Dreadful Moment” In Kishinev

It was, as Steven J. Zipperstein writes in his cinematically vivid book, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History (Liveright Publishing), “a dreadful moment” burned into the souls of Jews. He is referring to the unbridled anti-Jewish violence that broke out in Kishinev — a provincial Bessarabian city on the edge of the Russian empire — […]

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Israel’s Nation-State Bill Should Be Revised

Filed in Middle East by on July 30, 2018 0 Comments
Israel’s Nation-State Bill Should Be Revised

On July 24, just days after the Knesset passed legislation officially defining “the land of Israel” as “the historical homeland of the Jewish people” and “the State of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went ballistic. Responding to the nation-state bill,” Erdogan warned it would cause “blood, […]

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The Stranger: A Unique Film

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The Stranger: A Unique Film

The third movie directed by Orson Welles, The Stranger, is a melodrama about a Nazi who masquerades as a college professor in small-town America. Filmed in the autumn of 1945 and released in the summer of 1946, only a few years after the release of two of his finest films, Citizen Kane and The Magnificent […]

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Hollywood Sexcapades

Filed in Film by on July 27, 2018 0 Comments
Hollywood Sexcapades

Scotty Bowers provided a service in high demand. From 1946 until the mid-1980s,  he procured sexual partners for gays and lesbians in the Hollywood film industry and practised the world’s oldest profession. Six years ago, he wrote a tell-all memoir, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. Matt […]

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Iraqi Jewish Archives Should Remain In U.S.

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 25, 2018 0 Comments
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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Israel’s “Exceptional Humanitarian Gesture”

Filed in Middle East by on July 23, 2018 0 Comments
Israel’s “Exceptional Humanitarian Gesture”

Good- news stories rarely emerge from the Middle East these days. Syria is bogged down in a civil war that has cost the country very dearly, and Israel is bombing Iranian bases there. Israel and Hamas are fighting again and might yet go to war for the fourth time in a decade. Iran, Israel’s chief […]

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The Astonishing Naivete of Mark Zuckerberg

Filed in Commentary by on July 22, 2018 0 Comments
The Astonishing Naivete of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, one of the founders of Facebook, needs to rethink his position that Holocaust deniers should be permitted to post their false and scurrilous material on his social networking platform. Several days ago, in an interview with the tech news site Recode, Zuckerberg said that while he would not remove a post denying the Holocaust, […]

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Shame On The Ontario Civil Liberties Association

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Shame On The Ontario Civil Liberties Association

Incredulously enough, the Ontario Civil Liberties Association has rushed to the aid of Monika Schaefer, a Canadian Holocaust denier who’s currently on trial in Munich for inciting racial hatred, a criminal offence in Germany. The executive director of the association, Joseph Hickey, has written a letter to Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Foreign Minister […]

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The Bone In Israel’s Throat

Filed in Middle East by on July 19, 2018 0 Comments
The Bone In Israel’s Throat

Israel withdrew unilaterally from the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2005, but 13 years on Gaza remains a tinderbox and a bone in Israel’s throat. Israel had hoped that its pullout from Gaza, conceived and implemented by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, would bring a measure of prosperity to its generally impoverished Palestinian inhabitants and […]

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Polish-Israeli Declaration Soft-Pedals Key Issue

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 17, 2018 0 Comments
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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