Historian Paul Johnson has said, “What strikes the historian surveying anti-Semitism worldwide over more than two millennia is its fundamental irrationality. It seems to make no sense, any more than malaria or meningitis make sense.” It goes by many names: bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, intolerance. Most often, it falls in that broad category of “racism,” whichContinue Reading »
As Jewish people around the world celebrate the festival of Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year), the streets of Israel resound with joyous shouts of “Shanah tovah u’metuka (have a happy and sweet new year),” with family, friends and perfect strangers wishing one another a sweet and prosperous new year. Sunset on Sunday, September 29, ushersContinue Reading »
In 1945, the Western world was horrified to discover the full extent of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were slaughtered. Adding to the shock was the fact that the atrocity originated and often played out in the heart of Europe, largely perpetrated by educated Europeans. At the same time, Americans and Canadians weren’tContinue Reading »
The covert mission had all the makings of a spy thriller: international intrigue, daring and danger. Yet it wasn’t the fictional plot of a novel or movie. It really happened. The actors? The Israeli intelligence service (the Mossad). The stage? A fabricated resort on the Sudanese shores of the Red Sea. The plan? To rescueContinue Reading »
In 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas of “talking from both sides of his mouth.” The verbal dressing down came on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. Netanyahu pointed out Abbas’s hypocrisy in decrying the Holocaust as a “most heinous” crime on the one hand, while cozying up toContinue Reading »
It’s an icy day deep in the winter of 1944 as a crowd of Jewish Hungarians are shoved—shivering and frightened—to the edge of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. There are women and children. Some are tied together in groups of three. All have been forced to strip naked and step out of their shoesContinue Reading »
Seldom does a building of concrete and glass so poignantly mirror what goes on inside its walls. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, is more than a museum. It is an architectural gem where structure and setting serve as an evocative backdrop to the Holocaust story. Carved into the Landscape The museum, designed byContinue Reading »
Friday, 25 January 2019 | The Jewish community in Europe is under threat from an anti-Semitic “plague,” Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog warned in a keynote speech at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. JNS reported that Herzog made the remarks in an address toContinue Reading »
Friday, 16 November 2018 | A United Nations [UN] General Assembly committee is set to adopt nine resolutions against Israel on Friday, and zero on the entire rest of the world. The texts, obtained by UN Watch, condemn Israel for “repressive measures” against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights, reinforce the mandate of the UNContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 | Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the extraterritorial wing of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), threatened last week to “wipe out” the State of Israel on the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh, The Times of Israel reported. Speaking at aContinue Reading »
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