Lebanese Filmmaker Rises above BDS

by Ralph Seliger Discussed in this essay: The Insult, a drama by filmmaker Ziad Doueiri, 2017, 112 minutes.   AT THE CENTER of The Insult, directed and co-written by Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri, are the enduring passions and grievances from the civil war that consumed his homeland from 1975 until 1990, killing an estimated 150,000 and […]

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The Lillehammer Affair

In a case of mistaken identity, agents of the Mossad, Israel’s Secret Intelligence Service, shot dead Moroccan waiter Ahmed Bouchiki in the Norwegian resort town of Lillehammer on this date in 1973. The Mossad’s actual assassination target was Ali Hassan Salameh, a senior member of the Palestinian Black September group that had carried out the terrorist attack which […]

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Golda’s Missed Opportunities for Peace

by Ralph Seliger AS WE commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Israel’s remarkable military victory in the Six Day War, June 5-10 of 1967, we note with a heavy heart that it also marks the beginning of Israel’s occupation over a non-Jewish population that neither welcomed nor accepts this situation. Still, Israel’s triumph over numerically superior […]

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January 15: Gaddafi the Jew

Muammar Gaddafi (1942-2011) was proclaimed the leader of Libya on this date in 1970 following a bloodless coup. Gaddafi ruled as a military commander-in-chief, socialist theorist (in 1977 he declared Libya to be Jamahiriya, the “state of the masses”), dictator, pan-Arabist and pan-Africanist who deeply antagonized the United States and Great Britain, as well as […]

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April 2: The Athlete-Survivor

Shaul Paul Ladany, a professor of engineering at Ben Gurion University who is a child survivor of Bergen Belsen and an adult survivor of the 1972 massacre of Israel’s Munich Olympics team, was born in Belgrade on this date in 1936. Ladany is a race-walker who holds the world record in the 50-mile walk (7:23:50) […]

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October 26: Peace with Jordan

Jordan became the second Arab country (after Egypt) to normalize relations with Israel when representatives of the two countries signed a peace treaty on this date in 1994. A state of war had existed between the two countries since 1948, but Jordan’s King Hussein had also warred against the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1970, expelling […]

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September 5: Black September and the Munich Olympics

Palestinian guerillas of the Black September Organization (BSO) raided the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany on this date in 1972 and killed or captured Israeli Olympic athletes. The BSO demanded release and safe passage for 234 men jailed in Israel as well as for Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof of the Red Army Faction, who […]

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