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Replace Israel’s Education Minister

Filed in Commentary by on July 19, 2019 0 Comments
Replace Israel’s Education Minister

Israel’s new minister of education, Rafael Peretz, appears to have a penchant for spouting nonsense. Peretz, appointed to his position in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s caretaker government last month, stirred anger when he likened Jewish intermarriage around the world as a “second Holocaust.” He compounded his maladroitness by endorsing “conversion therapy” for gay young men […]

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Holocaust Escape Tunnel

Filed in Television by on July 18, 2019 0 Comments
Holocaust Escape Tunnel

At the end of 1943, with the Soviet army fast approaching Nazi-occupied Lithuania, the Germans selected 80 able-bodied Jewish prisoners from theĀ Stutthof concentration camp to work in the Ponar forest, where anĀ estimated 100,000 people, including 70,000 Lithuanian Jews, had been murdered in the past three years. Chained by the legs, the prisoners were instructed to […]

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Trump’s Incendiary Rhetoric

Filed in Commentary by on July 17, 2019 0 Comments
Trump’s Incendiary Rhetoric

Lamentably, Donald Trump has done it again. In a series of provocative and wholly inappropriate tweets unworthy of the office he holds, the president of the United States verbally lashed out at four of his most ardent Democratic critics in the House of Representatives — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida […]

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A “Moral Gesture” From The Dutch Railway Company

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 16, 2019 0 Comments
A “Moral Gesture” From The Dutch Railway Company

The Holocaust could not have been implemented in its entirety without the web of railways that crisscrossed Europe. Jews from as far away as Greece and as close as Poland were transported to Nazi extermination camps like Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sobibor and Treblinka. They were built on the express premise that national railroad companies would deport Jews […]

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Turkey’s Relations With The U.S. Hit Another Low

Filed in Middle East by on July 15, 2019 0 Comments
Turkey’s Relations With The U.S. Hit Another Low

Turkey’s troubled relationship with the United States took another hit on July 12 when the Turkish armed forces received the first components of the vaunted S-400 Russian air defence system. Just days after acting U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper warned Turkey that it would face economic sanctions if it went ahead with the controversial $2.5 […]

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Back In Tel Aviv

Filed in Travel by on July 13, 2019 0 Comments
Back In Tel Aviv

After a lengthy absence, I was back in Tel Aviv, the lively and sophisticated seaside city on the Mediterranean that is so synonymous with Israel. Jerusalem is Israel’s spiritual and political capital, a flashpoint in the seemingly endless struggle between Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, but Tel Aviv is its temporal and secular heart and soul. […]

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Questioning The Veracity Of The Holocaust

Filed in Commentary by on July 11, 2019 0 Comments
Questioning The Veracity Of The Holocaust

The Holocaust is a fact in the broad sweep of history, like Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939, Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan in 1979, or Iraq’s incursion into Iran in 1980. The truth of these events is never questioned, yet the veracity of the Holocaust is […]

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Family Business: A French Comedy Series

Filed in Television by on July 9, 2019 0 Comments
Family Business: A French Comedy Series

The legalization of cannabis in Western countries may well have inspired the creation of the six-part French-language comedy series, Family Business, which is now available on the Netflix streaming network. The plot is very current. The Hazans operate a modest kosher butcher shop in the Marais, a once heavily Jewish-populated neighborhood in Paris. It’s a […]

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Israeli Air Raids In Syria Upset Russia

Filed in Middle East by on July 8, 2019 0 Comments
Israeli Air Raids In Syria Upset Russia

Israel’s bilateral relationship with Russia today is generally cordial. Certainly, it is far better than it was during the Cold War, when Russia unilaterally severed diplomatic relations with Israel twice, first in 1953 and then during the 1967 Six Day War. Nonetheless, given Russia’s close ties with Israel’s arch enemies, Syria and Iran, Israel must […]

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Saudi Crown Prince Rides Out The Storm

Filed in Middle East by on July 6, 2019 0 Comments
Saudi Crown Prince Rides Out The Storm

It would seem that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne, has gotten away with murder. Nine months after reportedly ordering the assassination of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, an unusually grisly killing that shocked even hardened observers, Prince Mohammed, the de-facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, is back on […]

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