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The Specter Of Radical Islam In France

The specter of radical Islam looms large in France and presents the French government with a complex challenge of monumental proportions. Less than a month after President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech warning that Islamic radicalism and “Islamist separatism” pose serious problems and that legislation is necessary to address them, a jihadist identified as a […]

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Tempest In A Teapot

Israeli actress and former Miss Israel Gal Gadot recently announced that she will portray Cleopatra in a forthcoming Paramount Pictures movie. In a series of tweets, she wrote that she and director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis will “bring the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, to the big screen … through women’s eyes.” […]

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Facebook Belatedly Bans Holocaust Denial

Mark Zuckerberg finally got it right. At long last the chief executive officer of Facebook has cracked down hard on the scourge of Holocaust denial. On October 12, he announced that Facebook will ban posts that deny or distort the Holocaust and will direct users to reliable sources, rather than antisemitic sites, dealing with this […]

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White Supremacists Pose The Greatest Threat To U.S. Security

For a long time after the Arab terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, which brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and killed close to 3,000 people, Islamic radicalism was regarded as the number one enemy. In recent years, however, […]

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A Clash Of Values

Ultra- Orthodox Jews in New York City have displayed fierce resistance to government lockdown restrictions aimed at controlling the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Like their counterparts in Israel, they have been reluctant to accept, much less obey, temporary measures to contain the deadly contagion, even as some of their rabbinical leaders have professed […]

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Golden Dawn’s Meltdown

A court in Athens rendered a judicious verdict on October 7 by condemning the Greek neo-fascist political party Golden Dawn as a criminal organization. Its decision was hardly surprising, since there was never any doubt that Golden Dawn was beyond the pale of decency and respectability. It took three judges five years to reach that […]

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France Has A Sensible Plan to Combat Radical Islam

President Emmanuel Macron intends to introduce a bill in December to defend France’s secular values against radical Islam and sectarianism. It’s a long overdue and welcome piece of legislation. It should have been tabled years ago. Macron announced the details on October 2 as an important  trial took place in Paris that reminded Parisians why […]

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Trump Is Soft On White Supremacy

Let’s call a spade a spade. Donald Trump is soft on white supremacy. He should be ashamed of himself. White supremacy is a blot on American democracy and a threat to Jews and other minorities, and no U.S. president should tolerate it. During the recent presidential debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden, moderator Chris Wallace […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Champion Of Egalitarianism

Of  the eight Jewish justices who have sat on the U.S. Supreme Court since the appointment of Louis Brandeis in 1916, Ruth Bader Ginsburg held the record for longevity. Ginsburg, who died of cancer on September 18 at the age of 87, served for 27 years, four more than Felix Frankfurter, who was appointed in 1939. […]

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Nazi Place Names In Ontario Should Be Removed

Incredulously enough, a street in the eastern Ontario town of Ajax is named after a German naval officer who was an ardent Nazi and a keen supporter of Adolf Hitler. Langsdorff Drive bears the name of Hans Langsdorff, the captain of the Graf Spee, an ill-fated cruiser that engaged the British Navy in the first major […]