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Warsaw: A City Divided

Filed in Film by on August 19, 2019 0 Comments
Warsaw: A City Divided

Eric Bednarski’s poignant documentary, Warsaw: A City Divided, due to be screened at the Jewish Film Festival in Jerusalem later this year, provides viewers with a fresh look at the Warsaw Ghetto. Established in 1940 on the cynically false rationale of halting the spread of infectious diseases, it was an overcrowded, walled-off dumping ground rife with […]

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Israel’s Ban Of U.S. Politicians Short-Sighted

Filed in Middle East by on August 18, 2019 0 Comments
Israel’s Ban Of U.S. Politicians Short-Sighted

Donald Trump barked and Benjamin Netanyahu caved in. One may be excused for wondering whether Israel is a banana republic, doing the bidding of its master. Israel’s decision to ban U.S. Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the Israeli-occupied West Bank on a four-day fact-finding trip to examine the conditions of Palestinians […]

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Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles

Filed in Film by on August 16, 2019 0 Comments
Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles

Nearly 55 years after its inaugural opening at the Imperial Theatre in New York City, Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic Broadway play, is still going strong. Such is its longevity that it has been performed every day somewhere around the globe since September 22, 1964. Based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, this dark musical has been […]

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Iran Strengthens Ties With Hamas

Filed in Middle East by on August 16, 2019 0 Comments
Iran Strengthens Ties With Hamas

Much to Israel’s discomfort, two of its staunchest foes, Iran and Hamas, have upgraded their bilateral relations. Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip for the past 13 years, dispatched a high-level delegation to Tehran late last month, when tensions between Iran and the United States were on the rise and an outbreak of fighting […]

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After The Wedding

Filed in Film by on August 14, 2019 0 Comments
After The Wedding

Secrets abound in Bart Freundlich’s drama, After the Wedding, which opens in Canadian theatres on August 16. Filmed in India and the United States, and adapted from Susanne Bier’s 2006 Oscar-nominated Danish movie, it pits a wealthy entrepreneur against an idealist whose lives are more intertwined than they initially realize. Isabel (Michelle Williams), the director […]

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Warsaw Is My Country

Filed in Books by on August 13, 2019 0 Comments
Warsaw Is My Country

Krystyna Bierzynska is a Holocaust survivor par excellence. Born in Warsaw in 1928, the daughter of assimilated Polish Jews who perished during the six-year German occupation of Poland, she managed to leave the Polish capital as Jews were being herded into the doomed Nazi ghetto. In 1944, as a member of the underground Home Army, she […]

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Architects Of Death

Filed in Books by on August 12, 2019 0 Comments
Architects Of Death

Founded in the 19th century as a manufacturer of brewing and malting equipment, J.A. Topf and Sons branched into a new business in the 1930s. From that point onward, the family-owned company, based in Erfurt, Germany, began producing industrial-scale ovens and ventilation systems to meet a growing demand for human cremations, a more modern, regulated […]

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Netanyahu Pushes Annexationist Agenda

Filed in Middle East by on August 10, 2019 0 Comments
Netanyahu Pushes Annexationist Agenda

Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing ahead with his counter-productive election campaign promise to extend Israel’s sovereignty over the West Bank and thereby demolish the two-state solution. On August 8, the Israeli prime minister yet again reiterated his pledge to annex parts of the West Bank during a cornerstone-laying ceremony for 650 new housing units in the […]

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White Supremacist Terror Afflicts The U.S.

Filed in Commentary by on August 8, 2019 0 Comments
White Supremacist Terror Afflicts The U.S.

Just minutes before killing 22 people, mostly Hispanics, at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old right-wing extremist, posted a racist and anti-immigrant manifesto online in which he expressed fear of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and warned that Caucasians in the United States were being replaced by foreigners. Crusius’ murderous […]

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Der Spiegel Misrepresents Jews In Germany

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 6, 2019 0 Comments
Der Spiegel Misrepresents Jews In Germany

Germany’s preeminent newsmagazine, Der Spiegel, carried a story on the Jewish community of Germany in one of its latest special editions. On its cover was a vintage photograph of two elderly ultra-Orthodox Jews clad in traditional caftans. The Central Council of Jews in Germany, in a tweet, objected to the illustration, saying it perpetrated antisemitic […]

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