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Apes And Pigs

We’ve repeatedly heard this vile expression from prejudiced Muslims. Quoting from two verses in the Koran, Muslims of this odiferous ilk portray Jews as descendants of apes and pigs. The offensive verses, 59 and 60, are found in chapter five of the  Islamic holy book and turn on the refusal of the disobedient “People of the … Read More

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Jewish Affairs

Farrakhan’s Baneful Influence On African American Celebrities

A contagion as insidious and widespread as the coronavirus has infected three African-American celebrities — the entertainer Nick Cannon, the athlete DeSean Jackson and the rapper Ice Cube. On social media, they have disseminated toxic tropes that could easily be construed as antisemitic. One can safely assume that some of their followers have bought into their … Read More

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Germany’s Defence Minister Delivers An Important Speech

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Germany’s defence minister, delivered an important speech on July 20, the 76th anniversary of the abortive plot to kill the arch demon Adolf Hitler. Speaking at a ceremony in Berlin during which new army recruits were sworn in, she paid tribute to Claus von Stauffenburg, the colonel who was summarily executed for his … Read More

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Books

When We Were Arabs

Very unusually, Massoud Hayoun describes himself as “an Arab American man of the Jewish faith” and an “Arab first and last.” “Judaism is an adjective that modifies my Arabness,” he writes in his nostalgic-drenched book, When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History (The New Press). Hayoun, a Los Angeles-based journalist who has reported for … Read More

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Deeply Flawed Ukrainian National Heroes

The degree to which the Ukrainian community in Canada venerates its deeply flawed national heroes is shocking and disappointing. Case in point: Last month, a monument in the St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery in Oakville, Ontario, honoring the 14th Waffen SS Galicia Division was spray-painted with the words, “Nazi war monument.” At first, the Halton Regional … Read More

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Middle East

Turkey’s Tense and Mercurial Relationship With Israel

During the first week of July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Hagia Sophia, a popular museum in Istanbul that was originally a cathedral and then a mosque, would be repurposed as a mosque again. In a rhetorical flourish, he added that Hagia Sophia’s reconversion was a precursor to “the liberation” of the Al-Aqsa … Read More

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Middle East

Annexation Is Now Problematic

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s much-vaunted election campaign pledge to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank has so far turned out to be little more than a rhetorical flourish. Netanyahu assured supporters he would begin implementing his promise on July 1. Seventeen days on, nothing seems to have happened, and he has been reduced … Read More

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A Victim of Political Correctness

The disquieting rise of ideological conformity in major cultural institutions in the United States, a trend that is ominously catching fire, has claimed yet another victim. Bari Weiss, an editor and writer in The New York Times’ opinion department, resigned on July 14 after three years on staff. She explained her motives in a frank … Read More

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Books

Martin Buber: A Life Of Faith And Dissent

The philosopher Martin Buber (1878-1965) was a towering figure in academia, an interpreter of Jewish mysticism and Hassidism, and a dissident figure in the Zionist movement. The first major biography in English of this seminal German-Jewish thinker in more than three decades has been published. It is written by Paul Mendes-Flohr, a professor emeritus at … Read More

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Middle East

Peter Beinart’s Utopian Binational Plan Is Unrealistic

I was not entirely surprised by Peter Beinart’s recent disavowal of the two-state solution and his advocacy of a binational state or a confederation of states in place of Israel. The left-leaning, iconoclastic American Jewish writer and political activist long ago broke with the dogma that Jews are obliged to support Israel whether it is … Read More