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Apes And Pigs

We’ve repeatedly heard this vile expression from prejudiced Muslims. Quoting from two verses in the Koran, Muslims of this odiferous ilk portray Jews as descendants of apes and pigs. The offensive verses, 59 and 60, are found in chapter five of the  Islamic holy book and turn on the refusal of the disobedient “People of the … Read More

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Germany’s Defence Minister Delivers An Important Speech

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Germany’s defence minister, delivered an important speech on July 20, the 76th anniversary of the abortive plot to kill the arch demon Adolf Hitler. Speaking at a ceremony in Berlin during which new army recruits were sworn in, she paid tribute to Claus von Stauffenburg, the colonel who was summarily executed for his … Read More

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Deeply Flawed Ukrainian National Heroes

The degree to which the Ukrainian community in Canada venerates its deeply flawed national heroes is shocking and disappointing. Case in point: Last month, a monument in the St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery in Oakville, Ontario, honoring the 14th Waffen SS Galicia Division was spray-painted with the words, “Nazi war monument.” At first, the Halton Regional … Read More

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A Victim of Political Correctness

The disquieting rise of ideological conformity in major cultural institutions in the United States, a trend that is ominously catching fire, has claimed yet another victim. Bari Weiss, an editor and writer in The New York Times’ opinion department, resigned on July 14 after three years on staff. She explained her motives in a frank … Read More

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Bolsonaro And Trump Have Failed Their Nations

We all know by now that the coronavirus pandemic should be viewed with the utmost seriousness. Twelve million people around the world have been sickened by it and 553,000 have succumbed to its ravages. Like the Spanish flu outbreak a century ago, COVID-19 poses an extremely dangerous threat to the health and welfare of even … Read More

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The Dutch Railway Company’s Reckoning With History

Roger Van Boxtel, the chief executive officer of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), would do well to stop in his tracks and reconsider one of his recent decisions. Last month, NS announced it would donate five million euros ($5.6 million) to four Dutch centers dedicated to combating antisemitism and memorializing the Holocaust, … Read More

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Labour Party’s New Leader Has Kept His Promise

Keir Starmer, the new leader of Britain’s Labour Party, lived up to a solemn promise and did the right thing by sacking his shadow education secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, on June 25. Starmer, who succeeded the discredited Jeremy Corbyn as party leader in April, pledged to root out antisemitism within its ranks and rebuild trust with … Read More

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Statues Of Antisemites Should Be Consigned To Oblivion

I can think of no better a statue to remove from its lofty pedestal than that of Queen Isabella I of Spain. Statues of the monarch, who expelled Jews from Spain in 1492 under the infamous Alhambra Decree, are found in a plethora of countries. Streets have been named after Isabella as well. A thoroughfare … Read More

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Facebook Should Remove All Hate Content

Facebook in recent days has removed more than 900 social media accounts linked to the white supremacist organizations Proud Boys and American Guard. Facebook sprung into action after discovering that their members had discussed plans to bring weapons to protests across the United States condemning last month’s murder of an African American man, George Floyd, … Read More

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Confederate Monuments Must Be Removed

Since the tragic death of George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered by a white policeman in Minneapolis on May 25, the United States appears to have embarked on what could well be an historic reckoning with the scourge of racial discrimination. A rainbow of protesters across the nation are demanding not only … Read More