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Ban Iran From Judo Competitions

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Ban Iran From Judo Competitions

At the World Judo Championship in Tokyo last week, a competitor from Iran, Saeid Mollaei, the defending world champion, was coerced by the Iranian government to throw his semi-final match against Belgium’s Matthias Casse so that he would not have to face Israel’s Sagi Muki in the final. Mollaei, who has been accused of intentionally […]

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Israel’s Great Debate

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Israel’s Great Debate

The Six Day War, Israel’s greatest military victory over its Arab foes, opened up a can of worms, to put it in the vernacular. Israel’s conquest of the Golan Heights, Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip and West Bank in 1967 ignited a passionate debate about the future of the occupied territories. Today, with Israel having withdrawn […]

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Life-Threatening Adventure In The Amazon

Filed in Film by on August 30, 2019 0 Comments
Life-Threatening Adventure In The Amazon

Yossi Ghinsberg’s vivid memoir, Back To Tuichi: The Harrowing Life-And-Death Story Of Survival In The Amazon Rainforest, is by far one of the most memorable books I have had the pleasure of reading. Published by Random House in 1993, it recounts the author’s near fatal trek into the jungles of Bolivia in 1981. An Israeli […]

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Trump-Rouhani Meeting Seems Unlikely

Filed in Middle East by on August 29, 2019 0 Comments
Trump-Rouhani Meeting Seems Unlikely

U.S. President Donald Trump announced this week that, if “the circumstances were correct,” he would “certainly agree” to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani within weeks. Disclosing he would seek a “very simple” deal focusing on Iran’s nuclear weapons program and its stockpile of ballistic missiles, Trump said his administration is “not looking for regime change in […]

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Israel Opens A New Front In Iraq

Filed in Middle East by on August 27, 2019 0 Comments
Israel Opens A New Front In Iraq

Israel has reportedly opened a new front in its concerted campaign to thwart Iran’s military buildup in the Middle East. It would seem that the long arm of the Israeli armed forces has reached Iraq. This is the first time in nearly four decades that Iraq has been targeted by Israel. In 1981, Israeli aircraft […]

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Dunkirk: A Gripping Movie

Filed in Film by on August 26, 2019 0 Comments
Dunkirk: A Gripping Movie

Disaster was barely averted when Britain evacuated some 300,000 British, French and Belgium troops trapped in the French port of Dunkirk in the spring of 1940. Britain’s prime minister, Winston Churchill, hailed the evacuation as a “miracle.” Germany, having recently conquered France in a blitzkrieg, could have picked them off on the beaches of Dunkirk. […]

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Sears Nailed For Promoting Hate

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 25, 2019 0 Comments
Sears Nailed For Promoting Hate

One summer day three years ago, I found Your Ward News, a thin tabloid published quarterly in Toronto, stuffed into my mailbox. As I flipped through its pages, I was horrified and disgusted. It was filled with crude antisemitic articles and drawings. I complained to the postman, realizing he was not responsible for its contents and […]

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Trump Imperils Bipartisan Support For Israel

Filed in Commentary by on August 24, 2019 0 Comments
Trump Imperils Bipartisan Support For Israel

The Republican president of the United States, Donald Trump, is playing a very selfish, self-serving and ultimately dangerous game. He is imperilling the bipartisan nature of U.S. support for Israel for personal political gain and creating an environment in which antisemitism could flourish. In the past few days, Trump has crossed all red lines by […]

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A Specter Haunting Europe

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A Specter Haunting Europe

With the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia a fait accompli, Jews were tarred with the accusation that they had fomented and directed it. “Judeo-Bolshevism — the idea that Jews had created and supported Bolshevism and were therefore responsible for its crimes — was an explosive charge that had dangerous and often lethal consequences for Jews […]

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Bolivar Is Sweeping In Scope

Filed in Television by on August 21, 2019 0 Comments
Bolivar Is Sweeping In Scope

Flipping through Netflix’s menu, I came upon Bolivar, the 60-part Colombian television series whose logo is illustrated by a heroic image of Simon Bolivar clad in a fancy dress uniform and sitting astride a white horse with its front feet kicked up in mid-air. Being somewhat familiar with his credentials as an ardent Venezuelan nationalist […]

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