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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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Israel As A Partisan Issue

Filed in Middle East by on April 5, 2017 0 Comments
Israel As A Partisan Issue

One of the strengths of Israel’s special relationship with the United States is its bipartisan character. Democrats, Republicans and third party politicians regard Israel as a valued ally whose values and pro-Western foreign policy are completely in line with theirs, notwithstanding the disputes arising out of Israel’s extremely controversial settlement project in the West Bank. […]

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U.S. Resets Relations With Egypt

Filed in Guest Voices by on April 4, 2017 0 Comments
U.S. Resets Relations With Egypt

As turbulent a country as ever, Egypt, in the last six years, has seen an uprising topple a dictator, the election of a Muslim Brotherhood leader to power, and finally a coup that brought a former general/ defence minister into office. When Barack Obama came to Washington in 2009, he promised a “reboot” in relations […]

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Leipzig Steeped In Musical Lore

Filed in Travel by on April 3, 2017 0 Comments
Leipzig Steeped In Musical Lore

It’s safe to say that Leipzig’s rich musical tradition cannot be matched by any other city in Germany. This is where Johann Sebastian Bach was employed as a choirmaster and composed the St. Matthew’s Passion, where Robert Schumann wrote the Spring Symphony, where Richard Wagner was born and where Felix Mendelssohn lived and worked. Leipzig, […]

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From Benghazi To Bergen-Belsen

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on April 1, 2017 0 Comments
From Benghazi To Bergen-Belsen

Yossi Sucary calls it the “unspoken Holocaust.” Sucary, an Israeli academic and author, is referring to the little-known fact that the Jews of Libya were among the six million victims of the Holocaust. Jews in Israel and the Diaspora generally assume that only European Jews were caught up in the Holocaust, but this assumption is […]

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Frantz: Spare And Affecting

Filed in Film by on March 31, 2017 0 Comments
Frantz: Spare And Affecting

Francois Ozon’s romantic drama, Frantz, moves between national borders seamlessly. Languidly unfolding in Germany and France in 1919, a year after the end of World War I, it’s based on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 movie, Broken Lullaby. Scheduled to open in Canadian theatres on April 7, Ozon’s spare and affecting film is at once sweet and bitter. […]

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Chrystia Freeland Can Rest Easy Now

Filed in Commentary by on March 30, 2017 0 Comments
Chrystia Freeland Can Rest Easy Now

Congratulations, Chrystia Freeland. You’ve won. You and your handlers not only buried a legitimate news story, but convinced a compliant media, a cowed Jewish leadership and a spineless Jewish press to ignore it, as if it never even existed. I’m referring, of course, to the short-lived Freeland affair, which broke in Canada several weeks ago. […]

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Mubarak: Downfall And Rehabilitation

Filed in Guest Voices by on March 29, 2017 0 Comments
Mubarak: Downfall And Rehabilitation

It was 18 days that shook the Middle East. The autocrat who had ruled Egypt for nearly three decades was gone, ousted by a popular uprising that was part of the larger upheaval in the Middle East known as the Arab Spring. So it appeared at the time. But six years later, it now seems […]

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Mosques As Platforms For Antisemitism

Filed in Commentary by on March 28, 2017 0 Comments
Mosques As Platforms For Antisemitism

There have been a flurry of reports in the Canadian media of late that mosques in Montreal and Toronto have been used as platforms to disseminate antisemitism. Muslim organizations have denounced the imams who’ve delivered these noxious sermons, but their denunciations will mean precious little if mosques continue to serve as venues of anti-Jewish diatribes. The […]

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The Legendary Al Capone

Filed in Books by on March 27, 2017 0 Comments
The Legendary Al Capone

Probably the most infamous American gangster of all time, Alphonse (Al) Capone maintains an iron grip on the popular imagination. Seventy years after his death, Capone’s mystique seems undimmed and indestructible, even though his tempestuous reign lasted only six years. Celebrated and cursed in a cascade of books and movies and in a tsunami of […]

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