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Film

Farewell To My Country

Andrzej Krakowski was one of the victims of the antisemitic campaign that drove multitudes of Jews out of Poland in 1967 and 1968. Crudely disguised as an anti-Zionist reaction to Israel’s military victory in the Six Day War, it was primarily rooted in an ideological struggle within Poland’s ruling Communist Party that pitted Western-leaning progressives … Read More

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Middle East

Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan Lacks Credibility

The European Union, having rejected President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, recently invited the United States to seriously consider its own peace proposal. One can safely assume that the Trump administration is not in the least interested. Nonetheless, the U.S. should take a long, hard look at the European proposal, which conforms to internationally agreed … Read More

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Commentary

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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Books

A State At Any Cost

David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first and perhaps greatest prime minister, was a man of conviction. As Tom Segev observes in his comprehensive and excellent biography, A State At Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), “The Zionist dream was the quintessence of his identity and the core of his personality, and its … Read More

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Middle East

Palestinian Terrorist Should Be Extradited

Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, a resident of Jordan, should be extradited to the United States to face justice for having planned and implemented one of the most atrocious attacks ever mounted by Palestinian terrorists in Israel. The Trump administration is reportedly weighing “all options”  to decide whether it should exert pressure on King Abdullah II … Read More

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Television

The Man In The High Castle

It’s a big “what if” question with sweeping, sickening ramifications. What if Nazi Germany and Japan had won World War II, conquered the United States and divided it among themselves? This scenario, too horrible even to contemplate, is skillfully fleshed out in Amazon Prime’s series, The Man in the High Castle, which ran from 2015 until … Read More

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Commentary

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

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Middle East

Israel’s Supreme Court Strikes Down An Unjust Law

By an overwhelming margin of 8-1, Israel’s Supreme Court on June 9 wisely struck down a misbegotten law that would have enabled the Israeli government to expropriate privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank at its convenience and pleasure. The justices ruled that the Regulation Law, passed by the Knesset in 2017 by a … Read More

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Middle East

Pressure Is Mounting On Netanyahu To Cancel Annexation

International and regional pressure is building on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to walk back his controversial plan to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank. On June 12, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, in an op-ed piece for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, warned Israel that unilateral … Read More

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Books

America’s Schizophrenic Attitude To Racial Equality

The ongoing nation-wide protests in favor of racial equality and justice in the United States, following George Floyd’s wanton murder while in police custody, underscore America’s historically dual approach to race relations. As Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in Where Do We Go From Here?, a book published in 1967, “Ever since the birth of our … Read More