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Israel’s Quest To Normalize Relations With Arab States

Filed in Middle East by on December 30, 2019 0 Comments
Israel’s Quest To Normalize Relations With Arab States

Shortly after defeating Gideon Sa’ar decisively in the Likud Party’s December 26 leadership race, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined his major strategic objectives. Apart from “finalizing” Israel’s borders and lobbying for U.S. recognition of its sovereignty inĀ the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and the Jewish settlements of the West Bank, he would work for […]

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Israel And The International Criminal Court

Filed in Middle East by on December 27, 2019 0 Comments
Israel And The International Criminal Court

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to theĀ announcement by the chief prosecutor of The Hague-based International Criminal Court that there is a basis for investigating possible war crimes by Israel in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip was high on rhetoric and low on substance. Netanyahu could have attempted to refute her assertions point by […]

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Golda: An Engrossing Documentary

Filed in Film by on December 25, 2019 0 Comments
Golda: An Engrossing Documentary

David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first premier, once joked that Golda Meir was “the only man” in his cabinet. Hard-working, persistent and outspoken, Golda was one tough lady who commanded respect. The only Israeli woman ever to be prime minister, she had sharp elbows and could not be pushed around. Forty one years after her death at […]

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Still Life In Lodz

Filed in Film by on December 24, 2019 0 Comments
Still Life In Lodz

The central Polish city of Lodz was a thriving hub of Poland’s Jewish community before the Holocaust. Its story is told, in part at least, through one of its former residents, Lilka Elbaum, who lived in postwar Lodz until 1968. What most reminds her of her birthplace is an unremarkable still life painting that adorned […]

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A German Family Tries To Atone For Its Nazi Past

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 22, 2019 0 Comments
A German Family Tries To Atone For Its Nazi Past

It’s one of the most unusual stories to emerge from the Holocaust. So much so that its plot might have been written by a Hollywood scriptwriter. It proves that truth can be stranger than fiction. These thoughts came to mind after one one of Germany’s wealthiest families, the Reimanns, recently donated more than $5 million […]

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Earth And High Heaven

Filed in Books by on December 20, 2019 0 Comments
Earth And High Heaven

Most Canadians have never heard of Gwethalyn Graham’s novel, Earth And High Heaven, which was published 75 years ago this year. Although it was a phenomenal commercial success and a literary sensation in its day, it has almost been forgotten today. Published in 1944, when Canada had been at war for five years and Nazi […]

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How It Happened

Filed in Books by on December 19, 2019 0 Comments
How It Happened

Shortly after the end of World War II, Uj Elet, a Jewish weekly in Budapest, published an article by a Hungarian Jewish lawyer named Erno Munkacsi about the Holocaust in Hungary. Munkacsi had been the secretary of the Nazi-appointed Jewish Council during that dark period. His piece, an agonizing first-hand account of the process that […]

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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Holocaust Denial

Filed in Commentary by on December 17, 2019 0 Comments
Ayatollah Khamenei’s Holocaust Denial

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the viciously anti-Israel supreme leader of Iran, has once again aligned himself with Holocaust denial, which is widely recognized as a form of antisemitism. Yesterday, he sang the praises of Roger Garaudy, the late French anti-Zionist zealot and Holocaust denier. On the 21st anniversary of Garaudy’s conviction of Holocaust denial, a crime […]

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A Cornucopia Of Books …

Filed in Books by on December 15, 2019 0 Comments
A Cornucopia Of Books …

The life and times of a renowned philosopher. A Jewish woman recalls her Russian shtetl. A historically significant battle in Acre during the Third Crusade. The legacy of an Egyptian president. Martin Luther’s hateful message. These are among the themes of a new batch of books that have crossed my desk. Martin Buber, one of […]

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Accusations Of Antisemitism Hurt Corbyn

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 14, 2019 0 Comments
Accusations Of Antisemitism Hurt Corbyn

Much to the relief of the vast majority of Jews in Britain, Jeremy Corbyn’s days as leader of the Labour Party are numbered following his party’s crushing defeat in Britain’s December 12 general election. With Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives having won a landslide victory, picking up 365 seats in Parliament compared to Labour’s 203, […]

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