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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Quick Takes: On Jerusalem, Trump Plays to His Base . . .

WHILE THREATENING PEACE AND UNDERMINING ZIONISM by Ralph Seliger   THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a typical Trump move, pleasing his strongest supporters while doing nothing concretely positive. He’s winning kudos from Evangelical Christians and hard-right Zionists, including, most importantly, Sheldon Adelson, who backed his presidential campaign to the tune […]

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The Erosion of the Two-State Solution

WITH NOTHING PLAUSIBLE TO TAKE ITS PLACE by Ron Skolnik Published in the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   A “REAR PROJECTION EFFECT” is the term used for the old movie-making technique that causes an object — usually a person, often in a car or train — to appear to be in motion when, in […]

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Fifty Years, and No End in Sight

HAS ISRAEL EVER TRULY INTENDED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE WEST BANK? by Ron Skolnik From the Summer 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   ON THE EVENING of November 4, 1995, I walked home happily to my small Tel Aviv apartment, having just been part of the massive crowd that had come out in support of Prime […]

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Stanley Sheinbaum and the Struggle for Human Rights

Peace activist and human rights advocate Stanley Sheinbaum was born in New York on this date in 1920. He began his work life as an economics teacher at Stanford University and Michigan, but quit teaching during the Vietnam War and made earning a living unnecessary by marrying into the Warner Brothers family and making savvy […]

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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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March 14: Israel’s Operation Litani

Following an 11-man Palestinian terrorism attack that killed 35 bus passengers near Tel Aviv, Israel launched a six-day retaliatory campaign in southern Lebanon code-named “Operation Litani” (for the Litani River) on this date in 1978. More than 25,000 Israeli soldiers occupied southern Lebanon with the goals of halting Palestinian shelling of northern Israel, pushing the […]

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August 2: Israel’s Old Man

Shimon Peres, who was the world’s oldest head of state when he retired as Israel’s president in 2014, was born in Poland on this date in 1923. Peres has served twice as country’s prime minister (and twice as interim prime minister), and was a member of a dozen Israeli cabinets. In 1994 he shared the […]

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February 19: The Lehi Leader Who Moved Left

Polish-born Nathan Yellin-Mor (Friedman), a leader of the so-called “Stern Gang” (Lohamel Herut Israel), the rightwing Jewish militia of pre-state Palestine that was responsible for several atrocities, including (with Irgun) the Deir Yassin massacre, died at 67 on this date in 1980. Yellin-Mor was arrested by the British in Syria in 1941 while he was […]

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July 10: A Jewish Member of the PLO

Ilan Halevi (Georges Alain Albert), a French-born Jewish writer who came to Israel in 1965 to understand and support the Palestinian resistance movement and became a high-ranking member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, died in France at 69 on this date in 2013. Halevi was active in the jazz and avant-garde scene in Paris before […]

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