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Film

The Human Factor

Dror Moreh’s intensely engaging documentary, The Human Factor, bores into the decade-long period from 1990 until 2000, when the possibility of a peace agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbors seemed attainable. In his 108 minute film, which will be available on VOD platforms later this year, he focuses on Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinians […]

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Middle East

The Netanyahu Era Is Ending

Benjamin Netanyahu’s unprecedented 15-year reign as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister is ending. On June 2, Netanyahu’s adversaries informed President Reuven Rivlin they had agreed to form a new coalition to supplant his right-wing government. The two leading figures in the so-called “change bloc” are Yair Lapid, 57, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid Party, […]

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Books

Mike Nichols: A Life

Michael Igor Peschkowsky, a young Jewish immigrant from Nazi Germany, transformed himself into Mike Nichols in the United States. He became a struggling actor, an acclaimed standup comedian and a celebrated movie, theater and television director. Mark Harris, in his thorough biography, Mike Nichols: A life (Penguin Press), traces the trajectory of his luminous career. Born […]

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Commentary

American Pogrom

It all started in an elevator in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 31, 1921. On that fateful day a century ago, a local newspaper published an unsubstantiated story claiming that a black man had attacked a white woman in an elevator. In short order, a white mob ransacked Greenwood, the city’s African American neighborhood, in a […]

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Commentary

Rutgers University Appeases Palestinian Students

Much to its discredit, Rutgers University — New Jersey’s flagship public university — stands accused of having swept antisemitism under the rug, as if it is a benign and harmless phenomenon of no concern to anyone. In what can only be described as an ominous sign of the times, Rutgers took this step recently in response to […]

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Middle East

The Human Rights Council’s Shameless Omission

The Human Rights Council, a United Nations body that has proven to be notoriously anti-Israel over the years, plans to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate Israel’s conduct in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. Its mandate is to determine whether Israel committed war crimes during the recent Gaza war and whether […]

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Film

Summer of ’85

Francois Ozon’s languorous coming-of-age French movie, Summer of ’85, has a very familiar ring to it. In every respect, it resembles Call Me By Your Name, released a few years ago. If I were to go one step further, I would say it could be classified as a credible knockoff of Call Me By Your […]

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Commentary

An Embarrassment To The Republican Party

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican congresswoman from the U.S. state of Georgia, has been mouthing her usual nonsense again. Last week, she stirred understandable outrage when she likened public health regulations enacted since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic to the Nazi treatment of European Jews during the Holocaust. Several months ago, shortly after being […]

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Film

Shelter: Building Toronto After The War

With immigrants from all corners of the world pouring into Canada in the decades after World War II, Toronto was in desperate need of new residential housing. The construction industry met the challenge, erecting some 500,000 rental apartment units from 1952 to 1975. Virtually all of them were built by Jewish builders, a few of […]

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Film

The Red Scarf

Peter Mostovoy’s bitter-sweet autobiographical movie, The Red Scarf, exposes the hypocritical pretensions of a society that celebrated egalitarianism and brotherhood but that denied equal opportunities to one of its national minorities. It will be screened online by the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, which runs from June 3-13. Mostovoy, a cinematographer and director, is a distinguished […]