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Middle East

Israel Normalizes Its Occupation Of The West Bank

Israel’s damaging and counter-productive settlement expansion program in the West Bank continues apace. Earlier this month, the Ministry of Defence body responsible for authorizing the construction of settlements, the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee, advanced plans to build 4,948 homes, bringing this year’s total to a record-breaking figure of 12,159. Much of the construction will […]

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Middle East

A Milestone In The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Sudan is on the cusp of normalizing relations with Israel, and this is a significant development, a milestone, in the annals of the bitter Arab-Israeli conflict. According to reports, Sudan — a strategically key nation on the shores of the Red Sea and the largest country in Africa — will formally establish diplomatic ties with […]

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Middle East

The Arab Joint List’s Short-Sighted Policy

The Knesset approved Israel’s normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain by an overwhelming margin of 80 to 13 last week. All the dissenting votes were cast by the Arab Joint List, the third largest political party, though 27 parliamentarians were absent and two MK’s, both from the Arab Joint List, were unable […]

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Jewish Affairs

Jewish Encounters With Aboriginals In Canada

Although there have been a wide range of Jewish-Indigenous encounters in Canada, they have never been at the center of Jewish concerns, according to historian David Koffman. Indeed, aboriginal people have been “written out” of Canadian Jewish history, said Koffman, who holds the J. Richard Schiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry at York […]

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Middle East

Saudi Arabia Resists Normalization With Israel

Much to Israel’s disappointment, Saudi Arabia in the short term is unlikely to follow the lead of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and sign a normalization agreement with Israel. Saudi Arabia — the seat of Islam and the site of some of the holiest shrines in the Muslim world — is sticking to its […]

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Books

In The Name Of Humanity

The rescue of Jews in Nazi-occupied countries is an oft-repeated story in Holocaust literature. Max Wallace’s impassioned book, In The Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal To End The Holocaust (Penguin Random House), is the latest addition to that list. Wallace focuses on the efforts of three Swiss nationals, a Swedish-based German Jew and a […]

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Television

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

One of the most sensational trials in American history got underway in Chicago on September 26, 1969 and dragged on for 151 days. It was essentially about enduring values that Americans cherish so much, namely free speech and freedom of assembly. In effect, American democracy was on trial. The defendants were left-wing radicals who believed […]

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Commentary

Tempest In A Teapot

Israeli actress and former Miss Israel Gal Gadot recently announced that she will portray Cleopatra in a forthcoming Paramount Pictures movie. In a series of tweets, she wrote that she and director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis will “bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen … through women’s eyes.” […]

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Film

Ma’abarot: The Israeli Transit Camps

Seven hundred thousand Jewish immigrants poured into Israel during its first years statehood, straining its relatively limited absorption capacity. Yet immigration was one of the key priorities of Israel’sĀ first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, after the 1948 War of Liberation. Approximately one-third of the newcomers were sent to abandoned British army bases. These rudimentary transit camps, […]

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Film

Outremont And The Hasidim

Outremont, a sedate and generally affluent neighborhood in the center of Montreal, is embroiled in a running dispute regarding its willingness to accommodate its tight-knit, insular ultra-Orthodox population. This divisive issue has stamped Outremont as a place of conflict, laments its mayor, Philipe Tomlinson. The majority of Outremont’s French and English residentsĀ do not appear to […]