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Film

Beneath The Silence

On the last day of the 1967 Six Day War, an Israeli army officer named Menashe comes under fire from enemy positions and his comrade-in-arms is killed on the battlefield. Six years later, Menashe is still struggling with its psychic fallout and is not the man he used to be. Having been traumatized by the […]

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Film

Foreign Correspondent

Alfred Hitchcock’s second Hollywood movie, Foreign Correspondent, was released in mid-August 1940, a year after he left his native Britain to settle in Los Angeles. A spy thriller in the mould of his iconic 1935 film, The 39 Steps, it stars Joel McCrea as a hardboiled American reporter who’s dispatched to Europe on the eve […]

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Middle East

The U.S., Saudi Arabia And Realpolitik

President Joe Biden has consistently lambasted Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally, since his run for the presidency. But in recent days, his administration has had second thoughts and backtracked, underscoring the persistence and importance of Realpolitik in international relations. While campaigning for the presidency, Biden adopted a demonstrably unfriendly position toward Saudi Arabia’s prime […]

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Film

Tehranto: Iranians In Canada

Faran Moradi’s Tehranto is premised on his belief that two types of Iranian immigrants live abroad — those who left Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution and those who emigrated after that momentous upheaval. He applies this definition to two Iranian families at the center of his alluring romantic drama, which opened on VOD platforms […]

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Commentary

Donald Trump, American Jews And Israel

Donald Trump, the twice-impeached, politically divisive ex-president of the United States, threw his hat into the ring on November 15. In a rambling, self-serving speech riddled with falsehoods, half-truths and exaggerations, he announced he would seek the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination. It is far from certain whether he will prevail. His moment in history […]

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Books

Bibi: My Story

As Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu observes very early on in his lengthy, intensely interesting autobiography, Bibi: My Story (Simon & Schuster), he owes his political career to his older brother, Yoni, who was killed in 1976 during Israel’s Entebbe raid to free Israeli and foreign airline passengers held hostage by Palestinian and German hijackers in Uganda. […]

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Books

Chosen Nation

Like Jews, Mennonites are a people of the diaspora. Reclusive, peaceful and pacifist in outlook, they are a Protestant sect that emerged in Dutch and Germanic lands during the Reformation. Scattered throughout dozens of countries, Mennonites outside Germany were often opposed to nationalism and rarely regarded themselves as Germans per se, despite their affinity to the […]

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Film

200 Meters

The lives of Palestinian Arabs under Israel’s occupation of the West Bank can be circumscribed, given the presence of Israeli checkpoints and the closures that restrict their movements. Ameen Nayfeh’s feature film, 200 Meters, which opens in New York City theatres on November 18 and on digital platforms on December 6, delves into this troubling issue. The […]

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Commentary

A Worthy United Nations Resolution

If these were normal times, the United States and its allies would surely have endorsed a recent United Nations resolution condemning Nazism and all forms of racial hatred and xenophobia. But since we live in the shadow of the unnecessary and protracted war in Ukraine initiated by Russia on the flimsy pretext of “de-Nazifying” its […]

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Film

Babi Yar: Context

Sergei Loznitsa’s understated yet compelling movie, Babi Yar: Context, documents the monstrous German occupation of Ukraine, a province of the Soviet Union until its independence in 1991. To be screened online by the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation from November 10-13, it puts the Babi Yar massacre of 33,771 Ukrainian Jews in September 1941 into perspective. […]