Purim at the Imperial: India, Part 2

A Travelogue by Lawrence Bush For Part 1, click here. HE WAS A VERY handsome Sikh man, dark-eyed, smiling, turbaned, of course, about 40 years old, and he was pleading with us — gently, obsequiously, with “sir” and “lady” tagged to every sentence — to engage him as a driver any time we needed one in Delhi […]

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The Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Declaration, a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild, a British Zionist leader, was adopted by the British cabinet on this date in 1917, amid World War I. The Declaration, which would be dated November 2, 1917, expressed the support of “His Majesty’s Government” for “the establishment in Palestine of […]

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August 23: Zionism’s Uganda Plan

The Sixth Zionist Congress convened in Basel, Switzerland on this date in 1903. It was at this Congress that Theodor Herzl would propose British-controlled East Africa (primarily Kenya, though described in most accounts as Uganda) as a temporary alternative to Palestine for the endangered Jews of Tsarist Russia. A vote of 295-178 would empower an […]

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June 14: Attorney to the Hawaiian Queen

Hawaii was declared a territory of the United States on this date in 1900, following an 1893 coup led by U.S. businessmen with the backing of the U.S. military against Queen Lili’uokalani and her government. The queen was represented in Washington, D.C. by Paul Neumann (1839-1901), a Jewish attorney and politician who worked with a […]

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Is Israel a Colonial Settler State?

Perhaps, but with Lots of Provisos by Bennett Muraskin Peter Beinart, in an article in the September 26, 2013 issue of the New York Review of Books, wrote: “Virtually every Palestinian I’ve ever met considers Zionism to be colonialist, imperialist, and racist. When liberal American Jews think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they think about Isaac […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Our Criminal War in Vietnam

by Mitchell Abidor In 1967, both the war in Vietnam and the world-wide movement against it were heating up. It was in that year that Chris Marker, the great French filmmaker, decided to produce Far From Vietnam, an anti-war film made collectively under the aegis of his Société pour le Lancement des Oeuvres Nouvelles (SLON […]

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