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Commentary

Playing Havoc With The Lives Of Americans

Republican Party politicians across the United States are playing a dangerous game. Dishearteningly enough, they’re comparing coronavirus protocols and vaccine passports and mandates to the restrictions and cruelties of Nazi Germany and the unprecedented horrors of the Holocaust. They are flinging these twisted and irresponsible comparisons into the public realm at a fraught moment. Vaccinations […]

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Zemmour Is Trying to Outflank Le Pen

Eric Zemmour, a journalist who belongs to no political party and has never held public office, is running as an outsider for the presidency of France. Zemmour, 63, is a highly unusual candidate — a Jew who has embraced the politics of the far-right. A defender of Christian civilization who compares himself to Donald Trump, […]

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Commentary

Lara Logan’s Hideous Comparison

Until a few days ago, I respected Lara Logan as a thoughtful broadcast journalist. Her reports for the American news magazine show, 60 Minutes, were informed and incisive. Logan came across as a fine investigative reporter. As she told The Washington Post recently, “I believe that the truth matters.” This is a cardinal and indispensable […]

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Film

Betrayed: Norwegian Jews And The Holocaust

Eirik Svensson’s spare, hard-hitting feature film, Betrayed, boldly exposes Norway’s heartless and callous betrayal of its Jewish community during the Holocaust. Norway was occupied by Germany in April 1940, seven months after the outbreak of World War II. Norwegian collaborators, headed by Vidkun Quisling, cooperated with the invaders, even as underground fighters fought Germany’s occupation. […]

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Middle East

Israel Considers Striking Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

Much to Israel’s consternation, international talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement resumed in Vienna on November 29 after a five-month hiatus. The accord, hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama as a landmark achievement but greeted by Israel with apprehension, disappointment and scorn, granted Iran relief from crippling economic sanctions. In exchange for this […]

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Middle East

A Strategic Consensus In The Middle East

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 20, 1981, U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig said the Reagan administration was trying to build a “strategic consensus” to counter the influence of the Soviet Union, its chief global adversary, in a region encompassing countries from Pakistan to Egypt. Claiming that the Soviet Union was […]

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Books

From Sofia To Jaffa

My first sustained exposure to Jaffa, a quaint and somewhat rundown neighborhood of Tel Aviv, occurred toward the end of 1971, shortly after I met my wife-to-be, Etti, a student at Tel Aviv University finishing an MA degree in English literature. We met at the British Council Reading Room in one of the university’s libraries. […]

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Film

Latter Day Jew

Something was missing from A. Alan Scott’s life. It turned out to be Judaism. A Mormon from Kirkwood, Missouri, he was drawn to it in his 20s and never looked back. Aliza Rosen’s endearing documentary, Latter Day Jew, partially traces his journey from Christianity to Judaism. It will be screened during the Hannukah Film Festival, which […]

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Film

The Crossing

During Germany’s occupation of Norway from 1940 onward, Jews were singled out for persecution. Shorn of their rights, they were maligned and marginalized. But the worst was yet to come. Within two years of the German invasion, 773 Jews were deported to extermination camps in Nazi-occupied Poland. More than 1,000 Jews managed to escape to […]

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Jewish Affairs

Nazism, Neo-Nazism And Music

Nazis in Germany and neo-Nazis throughout the world have exploited music and song as instruments of unity, camaraderie and aggression, panelists at an online seminar said recently. During the forum, sponsored by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, two academics, a former white supremacist and a journalist from Italy spoke of […]