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Herman Weinstein — The Last Of His Kind

Herman (Chamel) Weinstein, my uncle, was the last member of his extended family to leave this vale of tears. Herman died on May 1, exactly 104 years after his birth in Poland. Having reached a very ripe old age, he lived way past his “expiry” date, at least as far as his Nazi tormentors were […]

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A Palestinian Encampment At The University of Toronto

As the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip drags on and as current hostage negotiations unfold in Cairo, Palestinian encampments have been sprouting up like dandelions at scores of universities across the United States and Canada. Three days ago, Palestinian students at the University of Toronto, the largest institution of higher learning in Canada, set […]

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Middle East

Erdogan’s True Colors Emerge Yet Again

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pro-Palestinian proclivities have once again driven him to downgrade Turkey’s bilateral relations with Israel. On May 2, the Turkish Ministry of Trade announced that “export and import transactions in relation to Israel have been stopped, covering all products.” Turkey said its trade suspension will remain in place until Israel allows […]

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Books

Edmond Safra — An Avatar Of Globalization

According to James Wolfensohn, the former president of the World Bank, he was the greatest banker of his generation. Edmond J. Safra, the object of his admiration, was the founder and chief executive officer of the Republic National Bank of New York, the Banco Safra in Brazil, the Trade Development Bank in Geneva, and Safra […]

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The Columbia University Solution

Columbia University in New York City has done the right thing. It has confronted head-on an explosive issue that currently faces universities across North America. In decisive fashion, it has dealt firmly with lawless pro-Palestinian students and outside agitators/subversives who had illegally set up an encampment on its grounds, who had barricaded themselves in a […]

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Books

Israel And American Jewish Dissent

The war that Israel has been waging against Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip since last October has raised some unsettling issues and truths. Since its eruption, we have seen that a minority of Jews in the United States are anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian. Jewish Voice for Peace has mounted demonstrations calling for […]

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Books

Belzec — A Nazi Extermination Camp

Three Nazi extermination camps were built in German-occupied Poland to murder Polish Jews on a systematic basis. The first one, Belzec, was 125 kilometres southeast of Lublin. The second one, Sobibor, was near Chelm and northeast of Lublin. The third one, Treblinka, was about 100 kilometres northeast of Warsaw. Situated on or close to major […]

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Jewish Affairs

Jews In Iran Are In A Precarious Position

Jews in Iran are in a delicate and vulnerable position. As citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, they are loyal to a country at war with Israel and committed to its destruction. Yet, as Jews, they are caught between the hammer and the anvil, knowing full well that their generally positive feelings toward Israel, […]

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Pro-Palestinian Student Protests Convulse U.S. Universities

The student protests that have wracked New York City’s Columbia University have spilled into campuses across the United States, creating a tidal wave of acrimony, outrage, disgust and fear. The demonstrations have been led by vocal and aggressive Palestinian American students, their supporters and members of university faculties. Observers have compared the nation-wide protests to […]

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Middle East

A Time For Reckoning In Israel

The massive intelligence failure that enabled Hamas hordes to penetrate Israel’s high-tech border fence along the Gaza Strip on October 7 and kill roughly 1,200 civilians and soldiers in an unprecedented rampage has claimed the first major figure in the Israeli armed forces. On April 22, on the eve of Passover, General Aharon Haliva, the […]