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Iran’s New Year Greeting To Israel

Filed in Middle East by on October 1, 2019 0 Comments
Iran’s New Year Greeting To Israel

A top-level Iranian official conveyed a stark New Year’s greeting to Israel as Rosh Hashanah got underway. General Hossein Salami, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, declared that Iran now possesses the capability to eradicate Israel. “We have managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime,” he boasted. “This sinister regime […]

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Spies Of No Country

Filed in Books by on September 30, 2019 0 Comments
Spies Of No Country

Fearing a German invasion of Palestine during the early years of World War II, Britain, in conjunction with the Jewish community, formed a special spy unit to gather intelligence on the looming threat. This unit would become the embryo of the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency. Subsequently, it would focus its attention on the Arab […]

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Steal A Pencil For Me

Filed in Television by on September 28, 2019 0 Comments
Steal A Pencil For Me

Michele Ohayon’s heart-felt documentary, Steal A Pencil For Me, now available on Netflix, is a highly unusual love story. Jack (Jaap) Polak and Ina Soep, both Holocaust survivors from Holland, met in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1943 and nurtured their relationship in two concentration camps, Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen, before getting married. Due to class differences, they […]

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Where’s My Roy Cohn?

Filed in Film by on September 27, 2019 0 Comments
Where’s My Roy Cohn?

The late Roy Cohn is ruthlessly and relentlessly skewered in Matt Trynauer’s bracing biopic, Where’s My Roy Cohn? A man of many parts, Cohn was a brilliant lawyer with questionable scruples, a fierce anti-Communist who prosecuted the Rosenbergs, a political operative who mingled with Republic Party movers and shakers, a social butterfly who consorted with […]

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Spouting Lies At The United Nations

Filed in Middle East by on September 26, 2019 0 Comments
Spouting Lies At The United Nations

Two major Middle East leaders addressed the United Nations General Assembly this week and spouted a litany of lies. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey suggested that Israel has been deliberately grabbing land from the Palestinians and likened Israel’s policy on the Gaza Strip to the Nazi mistreatment of Jews during the Holocaust. President Hassan […]

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The New York Times, Zionism And Israel

Filed in Books by on September 25, 2019 0 Comments
The New York Times, Zionism And Israel

Jerold S. Auerbach began reading The New York Times, one of America’s preeminent daily newspapers, way back in 1945. He has since started his day with the broadsheet, but claims it has a “Jewish problem.” A professor emeritus of history at Wellesley College, he sets out his argument in Print to Fit — The New York Times, […]

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Trump And Iran: Bluster Vs. Caution

Filed in Middle East by on September 23, 2019 0 Comments
Trump And Iran: Bluster Vs. Caution

Donald Trump’s bark seems worse than his bite. Having accused Iran of being behind a recent air attack that heavily damaged Saudi Arabia’s petroleum industry, the U.S. president threatened military retaliation. He warned that the United States was “locked and loaded” to respond to the devastating September 14 drone and cruise missile assault on the […]

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Trudeau’s Appalling Blunder

Filed in Commentary by on September 20, 2019 0 Comments
Trudeau’s Appalling Blunder

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a profusion of heart-felt apologies in the past few days. In the run-up to the October 21 federal election, he has shifted to contrite mode as he campaigns for reelection. A few days ago, Time magazine published a scoop that greatly embarrassed Trudeau, the son of a former […]

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Israel’s Election Could Bring Liberal Reforms

Filed in Middle East by on September 19, 2019 0 Comments
Israel’s Election Could Bring Liberal Reforms

Israel’s second election in five months has opened the door to the prospect of a legislated program of liberal reforms that could nudge the country toward greater secularization and grant the disaffected Arab minority a far more tangible stake in Israeli society. With the September 17 general election having ended almost as inconclusively as the […]

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The Case Of Johanna Langefeld

Filed in Film by on September 17, 2019 0 Comments
The Case Of Johanna Langefeld

Johanna Langefeld was a Nazi war criminal with a difference. A German national, she appears to have been the only known concentration camp guard whom some of her victims actually liked. In The Case Of Johanna Langefeld, a documentary currently making the rounds of film festivals, Wladek Jurkow and Gerburg Rohde-Dahl examine her checkered legacy […]

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