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Bernie Sanders Speaks To The Truth

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Bernie Sanders Speaks To The Truth

Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator from the state of Vermont, unburdened himself of a few choice words of wisdom a few days ago. They’re well worth pondering. Addressing J Street’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Sanders spoke of the importance of diversity of opinion in discourse about Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Delivering his first […]

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Amazon: Stop Selling Holocaust Denial Books

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Amazon: Stop Selling Holocaust Denial Books

It’s disappointing and disheartening that online retailer Amazon is flogging books dedicated to Holocaust denial. This is not only an affront to the historical record, but illegal as well in some countries. I logged on to Amazon the other day and, much to my surprise and disgust, I found books like Did Six Million Really Die? and The […]

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The New Sectarianism In the Middle East

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The New Sectarianism In the Middle East

The Arab world is in disarray, riven by civil wars in Syria, Libya and Yemen which broke out following the eruption of the so-called Arab Spring at the end of 2010. But the discord that roils Arab states these days is not only politically inspired. Geneive Abdo, in The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and […]

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Hong Kong’s Unspoiled Rural Landscapes

Filed in Travel by on February 26, 2017 0 Comments
Hong Kong’s Unspoiled Rural Landscapes

To most tourists, Hong Kong conjures up images of gleaming skyscrapers, elegant malls, picturesque outdoor markets, luxury hotels and jam-packed roads and streets. But there’s another side of Hong Kong, a quiet, sylvan dimension, that belies its image as a crowded, noisy, fast-moving city. The New Territories, with its dense semi-tropical forests, secluded bays, sandy beaches […]

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Fake News Out Of Israel

Filed in Middle East by on February 25, 2017 0 Comments
Fake News Out Of Israel

Credible politicians should not indulge in self-deception, but that’s exactly what Ayoub Kara, the Israeli minister-without-portfolio, did recently. On February 14, a day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump were due to hold their first formal meeting at the White House, Kara floated a ridiculous trial balloon that quickly ran out […]

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Patsy Cline’s Appeal Endures

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Patsy Cline’s Appeal Endures

She was the first American female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame, and she’s commemorated on a postage stamp issued in her honour by the United States postal service. Patsy Cline, born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, in 1932, was quite a gal. On March 4, the day before […]

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Donald Trump Finally Condemns Antisemitism

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 22, 2017 0 Comments
Donald Trump Finally Condemns Antisemitism

Presiden Donald Trump finally did the right thing. He condemned antisemitism unequivocally after studiously avoiding the topic. Just hours before Trump issued a belated denunciation of antisemitism on February 21, Hillary Clinton, his opponent in last November’s presidential election, urged him to speak out against it after more than 170 graves were vandalized at a Jewish […]

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My Home: Portrait of Israeli Arabs

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My Home: Portrait of Israeli Arabs

The Muslim and Christian Arab inhabitants of Israel, the descendants of Palestinians who remained in their homeland during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, comprise about 20 percent of Israel’s present-day population. Although they’re citizens of Israel, some regard themselves as Palestinians of Israeli nationality, judging by surveys. A number of Israeli Arabs have attained important positions […]

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David Friedman Unfit To Be U.S. Ambassador To Israel

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David Friedman Unfit To Be U.S. Ambassador To Israel

David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Israel, was on his best behavior on the first day of his confirmation hearing in the Senate a few days ago. He apologized for his use of “inflammatory rhetoric” during the presidential campaign, acknowledged that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are not “a […]

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Toronto Film Series — A Showcase For Israeli Cinema

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Toronto Film Series — A Showcase For Israeli Cinema

Israel’s movie industry is on a roll, as the four films in the forthcoming Toronto Israeli Film Series attest. The festival, which runs from February 25 to 26 at the City Playhouse Theatre, is presented by Israel’s consulate general and the UJA Federation. The opening night picture, The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev, is a delightful […]

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