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Hitler’s American Gamble

The five momentous days from December 7 to December 11, 1941 were game changers, starting with Japan’s surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor and ending with Germany’s reckless and self-defeating declaration of war against the United States. These events transformed World War II into a truly international conflict, write Brendan Simms […]

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Commentary

Harvard University And The BDS Movement

Israel was dealt a stunning indirect blow on April 29 when the Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper at Harvard University, endorsed the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Responding to pressure from the university’s Palestine Solidarity Committee, free speech rights groups and a campus visit from anti-Zionist activist Noam Chomsky, the editorial board of the oldest […]

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Middle East

Iran’s Descent Into Antisemitism

The Islamic Republic of Iran continually differentiates between “Jews” and “Zionists” in its insidious campaign to defame and delegitimize the Jewish state of Israel. InĀ Islamic tradition, Jews are designated as the People of the Book andĀ are therefore theoretically the objects of tolerance and respect. In practice, however, this is not necessarily true, judging by a […]

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Jewish Affairs

The World’s Oldest Hatred Surging

With sadness and resignation, I regret to say that the world’s oldest and most durable hatred is burning bright yet again. Reports released in recent days by Tel Aviv University’s Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, the Anti-Defamation League in the United States, and B’nai Brith in Canada point in only one disconcerting […]

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Film

Shoelaces — A Moving Israeli Movie

Jacob Goldwasser, the director of Shoelaces, is intimately familiar with the unique world of special-needs people. He should be. His own son is mentally challenged. So it comes as no surprise that his feature film about this topic is genuine and empathetic in spirit and invariably moving. Starring two of Israel’s finest actors, it will […]

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Film

Born In Jerusalem And Still Alive

Jerusalem has been the target of Palestinian terrorist attacks for decades now. During the second Palestinian uprising, from 2000 to 2005, suicide bombers threw themselves into the deadly mix with particular fervor, blowing up buses and causing a wave of fear. Jerusalem’s horrendous bout with terrorism lies at the core of Yossi Atia’s quirky and […]

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Film

Our Natural Right

Addressing the People’s Council in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion solemnly read the Declaration of Independence proclaiming the Jewish state of Israel. Thirty seven people signed the historic document in Independence Hall on Rothschild Boulevard, a sedate, tree-lined street in the center of the seaside city. Representing 12 Jewish political parties from […]

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Film

Across The Line

Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians cuts across religious, national, territorial, linguistic and political lines. So it has been for more than a century now, and so it will probably be in the future. Nadav Shlomo Giladi’s 26-minute film, Across the Line, which underscores this sober reality, is one of 11 Israeli movies scheduled to be […]

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Film

A Lullaby For The Valley

Ben Shani’s contemplative documentary, A Lullaby for the Valley, is a sympathetic portrait of one of Israel’s foremost painters, Elie Shamir. Filmed over a decade, it is one of 11 Israeli movies that will be showcased by the ChaiFlicks streaming service during its Israel Independence Day Film Festival from May 4-9. During the period under […]

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Film

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, looks back at his life and reflects on Israel’s situation in Yariv Mozer’s informative documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, which will be presented online by the ChaiFlicks streaming service during its Israel Independence Day Film Festival from May 4-9. A pivotal figure in the Labor Zionist movement and a […]