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  • Kristallnacht unearthed

    My mother-in-law is one of the thousands of German-born Jews who still can recall with horror Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, the pogrom 70 years ago that marked the beginning of the end. The memory of watching her Jewish school burn as a 9-year-old child is seared into her brain. Her story and others’… More ▸

  • Karsenty pushing al-Dura probe

    The decision by a Paris court last spring to overturn a libel ruling against Philippe Karsenty, a French media watchdog who claimed the iconic shooting of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura was manipulated by video editing, lent new credence to claims that the September 2000 shooting was staged. The ruling has fueled Karsenty’s increasingly public campaign for… More ▸

  • Money, hate and Jewish values

    Fears of an anti-Semitic backlash from the global financial crisis continue to simmer, though evidence beyond the usual anti-Semitic hatemongers is scant. JTA reported on the domestic fears a few weeks ago and now the ADL has issued a news release citing some worrying examples in the international press. I often wonder whether giving publicity… More ▸

  • Israel’s Christian advocate for Africans

    The Jerusalem Post’s Larry Derfner has a feature on the Christian woman who is one of Israel’s leading activists on behalf of African refugees: Charmaine Hedding. At last week’s inaugural meeting of the council of South Sudanese refugees in Israel, Charmaine Hedding, who organized the group, sticks out – as usual. Tall, fair-skinned and platinum… More ▸

  • The coming winter

    What does the U.S. economic crisis mean for Israel? Mainly, that the government in Jerusalem won’t be able to bug a distracted Washington too much about threats to Israel’s security, writes Aluf Benn in Ha’aretz: In the long run, a resilient America will be of greater help than anything else to Israel’s security-related and international… More ▸

  • Britain and Holocaust denial

    British commentator Melanie Phillips raises questions about Britain getting entangled in a Holocaust denial case as London considers extraditing Fredrick Toben to Germany. If Toben, a German-born Australian, is extradited, Phillips writes, “this will mean that Britain will be treating as a criminal suspect someone who is accused of behaviour which is not regarded as… More ▸

  • Sarkozy charms the world

    Rabbi Arthur Schneier (right), presents the Appeal of Conscience World Statesman Award to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and GE chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt look on along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In his brief visit to New York this week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed continued pressure… More ▸

  • What’s missing at the U.N.

    Remarkably little has been written in the media leading up to today’s opening of the U.N. General Assembly, where leaders from nations around the globe gather in New York for official speeches and sideline meetings. For once, Israel is not expected to be a major target of vilification; but neither is Iran, which poses the… More ▸