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Film

Powder Keg

Shortly after homegrown Arab terrorists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015, a Danish citizen of Arab descent went on a rampage in Copenhagen, killing two people, including a Jewish man. The incident, which sent shock waves throughout Denmark, is skillfully recreated by Ole Christian Madsen in his Danish-language feature film, […]

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Middle East

Israel May Be Turning A New Page With The Palestinians

Judging by Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on August 29, Israel may well be turning a new page in its often troubled and tumultuous relationship with the Palestinians. In the first high-level face-to-face between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in 12 years, they discussed a wide range […]

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Commentary

Iran Appoints Two Criminals As Government Ministers

Iran’s newly elected president, Ebrahim Raisi, has shamelessly filled two senior positions in his government with officials who have been plausibly accused of playing a central role in the worst antisemitic attack since the Holocaust. Raisi is a conservative hardliner whose candidacy was vigorously promoted by Iran’s anti-Western supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Nonetheless, Raisi’s […]

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Middle East

Iran Dominates Bennett’s Discussion With Biden

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, in his first direct meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House on August 27, predictably advanced a hardline approach toward Israel’s most deadly enemy, Iran. Like his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett tried to convince Biden that the best way forward is to impose a credible military threat […]

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Books

The Gray Lady Winked

I started reading The New York Times as a university student, which means that a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since I discovered it decades ago. I enjoy reading the Times mainly because its coverage of international news and American domestic affairs is superior, a cut above the tepid and often superficial […]

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Books

The Last Kings Of Shanghai

When I dropped into the cool and elegant marble lobby of the Peace Hotel, an exquisite Art Deco building overlooking the Huangpu River in central Shanghai, I was only vaguely aware of its storied history. Although I did not know it was once called the Cathay Hotel, I knew it had been built by one […]

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Middle East

Two Issues Will Dominate Bennett’s Meeting With Biden

A little more than two months after succeeding Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, Naftali Bennett will have his first opportunity to meet U.S. President Joe Biden. They will confer at the White House on August 26. Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said the visit would “strengthen the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel, reflect […]

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Books

The Sultan’s Communists

Alma Rachel Heckman has written an original and important book concerning the role that radicalized Jews played in Morocco’s struggle for independence from France and in newly independent Morocco. The Sultan’s Communists: Moroccan Jews and the Politics of Belonging (Stanford University Press) is billed as the first volume of its kind. These Jews, members of […]

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Jewish Affairs

Israel’s War Of Words With Poland

Israel and Poland are at war again, figuratively speaking at least. For the second time since 2018, they are embroiled in a nasty war of words, which have had an unsettling effect on their bilateral relations. This increasingly bitter diplomatic row revolves around a Polish parliamentary bill which drastically limits the ability of Holocaust survivors […]

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Commentary

Afghanistan: Back To The Taliban Past

We’re back to square one in Afghanistan. Once again, this benighted country is under the thrall of a regime inspired and guided by a radical, austere and repressive form of Islam. Nearly 20 years after U.S. forces deposed the Taliban, it is firmly back in power. What a humiliating, head-spinning reversal of fortune for the […]