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Israel Awash In Uncertainty

Filed in Middle East by on December 12, 2019 0 Comments
Israel Awash In Uncertainty

Israel is in limbo. Bereft of an elected government after two inconclusive elections within the past five months, Israel is awash in uncertainty as it heads into a third election next year. As this unprecedented crisis unfolds, Benjamin Netanyahu, the first sitting Israeli prime minister to be indicted on criminal charges, continues to remain in office […]

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The Escape Line

Filed in Books by on December 11, 2019 0 Comments
The Escape Line

Megan Koreman’s book has an inspirational tale to tell. The Escape Line: How the Ordinary Heroes of Dutch-Paris Resisted the Nazi Occupation of Western Europe (Oxford University Press) is about an intrepid network that saved lives during World War II. It’s the first work of its kind on the Dutch-Paris Escape Line, which smuggled Dutch […]

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A Noble Gesture

Filed in Commentary by on December 10, 2019 0 Comments
A Noble Gesture

Abdallah Chatila is a most unusual, and noble, man. A Swiss Lebanese Christian businessman based in Geneva, and one of Switzerland’s wealthiest people, Chatila extended a hand of friendship to Jews recently when he donated an assortment of Nazi memorabilia, some of which belonged to Adolf Hitler, to a Jewish organization. “I wanted to make sure […]

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The Ornament Of The World

Filed in Television by on December 9, 2019 0 Comments
The Ornament Of The World

Jews, Christians and Muslims in medieval Spain practically invented the concept of multiculturalism. For hundreds of years, long before it crumbled under the weight of the Inquisition, they lived together in comparative harmony and shared a common culture. This golden era of coexistence, known as La Convivencia, took place in what the Muslims called Al-Andulus. […]

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Angela Merkel In Auschwitz-Birkenau

Filed in Commentary by on December 8, 2019 0 Comments
Angela Merkel In Auschwitz-Birkenau

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has not flinched from the historically vital task of confronting the ghosts of her country’s ugly Nazi past. In accordance with this steadfast spirit, Merkel visited Auschwitz-Birkenau on December 6. At this former German concentration camp in southern Poland, she spoke eloquently about the Holocaust and its legacy, Germany’s enduring […]

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The Operative

Filed in Film by on December 7, 2019 0 Comments
The Operative

Yuval Adler’s spy thriller, The Operative, turns on Israel’s shadow war with Iran, its strongest and most resourceful enemy. Now available on the Netflix streaming service, it stars Diane Kruger as a Mossad agent who’s sent to Tehran to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. An Israeli-German co-production, this somber film unfolds in Germany, Israel and Iran in […]

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Belgian Carnival — A Blight On Decency

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 6, 2019 0 Comments
Belgian Carnival — A Blight On Decency

Good riddance to a carnival that shamelessly crossed the red line into the odious swamp of antisemitism. Last March, the famous carnival in the Belgian town of Aalst, recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization nine years ago, caused outrage by allowing a clearly antisemitic float into its parade. Composed of effigies […]

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The Irishman: Scorsese’s Tour De Force

Filed in Film by on December 5, 2019 0 Comments
The Irishman: Scorsese’s Tour De Force

Martin Scorsese has translated his fascination with the American Italian mafia into memorable movies like Goodfellas and Casino, both of which were rich in atmosphere, dialog and character. His latest film in the genre, The Irishman, based on Charles Brandt’s book, I Heard You Paint Houses, conforms to this winning formula, and is now available on the […]

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McGill Student Council Fans Anti-Israel Flames

Filed in Commentary by on December 4, 2019 0 Comments
McGill Student Council Fans Anti-Israel Flames

McGill University in Montreal has been at the center of an ugly storm  for the past few weeks. In recent years, the image of this world renowned institution has been blemished by the unwarranted actions of a small minority of anti-Israel students who cannot tolerate ideas other than their own. Lamentably, this toxic phenomenon is […]

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Greatest Events Of World War II In Color

Filed in Television by on December 3, 2019 0 Comments
Greatest Events Of World War II In Color

Netflix’s ten-part series, Greatest Events of World War II in Color, is comprehensive and sweeping in scope, a definitive treatment of a conflict that revolutionized modern warfare, caused the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians, and brought with it unparalleled atrocities against the Jewish population of Europe. The expertly restored and colorized footage is graphic, […]

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