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Ghost Citizens

Tens of thousands of Polish Holocaust survivors returned or reappeared in Poland after World War II, hoping to resume their lives and reclaim their properties. Some had gone into hiding, others had endured Nazi extermination camps, and still others had fled into the Soviet Union after Germany’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. The […]

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Middle East

Russia’s Unsolicited Advice To Israel

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov offered Israel some unsolicited advice recently. Criticizing Israel for having bombed Iranian military sites in Syria, which pose a threat to Israel’s security, he proposed that Russia should take care of this vexing problem. As he put it at a press conference in Moscow, “If Israel is really forced to […]

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Commentary

Twitter’s Policy Is Maddeningly Inconsistent

Twitter, the social networking service, owes all its users a plausible and definitive explanation regarding the posts it allows on its platform. At the present time, Twitter’s policy is maddeningly inconsistent and seemingly contradictory. Twitter has left us all in a twilight zone of confusion. In his final days in office, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter […]

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Theodor Herzl — Visionary And Statesman

Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionist movement, was proof of the theory that one man can make a difference. Against the greatest of odds, he laid the foundation for the birth of Israel, an event he presciently predicted at the turn of the 19th century. A visionary, prophet and leader, Herzl was an […]

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Commentary

Healing A Wounded Nation

President Joe Biden’s inaugural ceremony in Washington, D.C. on January 20 came as a great relief. After four turbulent and chaotic years of Donald Trump’s rollercoaster presidency, the United States finally was turning a corner and returning to a semblance of normalcy. Biden was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court […]

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Free Speech Faces Difficult Challenges

Has Big Tech gone too far? This unsettling question emerged after outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump and Parler — a fairly new messaging app favored by conservatives and far-right activists — were removed from the internet by American information and technical companies that enjoy a virtual monopoly in the market. These developments gave rise to […]

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Film

An Absorbing Psychological Drama

Lili Horvat’s Hungarian-language feature film, Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period Of Time, is weighed down by a clunky title, but is blessed with a magnetic story line. An absorbing psychological drama teetering between reality and delusion, it opens digitally at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on January 22 and in the rest […]

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Middle East

Israeli Settlement Expansion May Inflame Relations With U.S.

In the next few days, as President-elect Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration draws closer, Israel may well approve plans to expand its network of settlements in the West Bank. According to the Ministry of Defence’s High Planning Committee, Israel is preparing to build 800 housing units in seven settlements: Oranit, Givat Zeev, Beit El, Itamar, […]

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The Alt-Right Flocked To Trump’s Insurrectionist Rally

A ragged assortment of alt-right fanatics and antisemites were seen at President Donald Trump’s infamous “Save America” rally in Washington, D.C., which erupted into an orgy of anarchy, insurrection and violence after he incited them to vent their rage at the seat of government on Capitol Hill. Among them were white supremacists carrying Confederate flags, neo-Nazis, […]

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The Tailor Project Brought Holocaust Survivors To Canada

An old photograph I treasure, taken by a person whose identity will never be known, shows a solemn young couple and their two children sitting on the grass in Montreal’s Fletcher’s Field, a stone throw’s away from heavily-wooded Mount Royal. The woman, a hint of a smile on her face, balances a toddler on her […]