The French paradox: Although 76,000 Jews were deported from France, how was it that 75 percent of Jews in France managed to survive death in the Nazi era while only 20 percent in the Netherlands, and 55 percent in Belgium were able to do so?
J Street, recently rejected by the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish organizations, arrogantly claims to be a heroic group daring to criticise Israel when others fear to. But it merely echoes mainstream media and organizations that are constant critics of Israel
As one French historian has said, Vichy is a past that doesn’t pass. The tens of thousands of Jews who were deported on trains might have expected more decent recognition. An extraordinary saga and a journey of shame
Jean Jaurès and Charles Péguy were totally different human beings who knew each other for a time but who are significant figures in the pantheon of French personalities for their moral authority and courage in defying military officials and the mood of public opinion by asserting the innocence of Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Stunning. Just read
The chief Palestinian negotiator is a deluded fantasist who, with a straight face, argues that the Palestinians pre-date the Jews. In reality, his own family probably came from Saudi Arabia in the 20th century!
In a piece on the Left which is sure to stir the pot, Steve Apfel wonders aloud on how and why some Jewish Leftists adopt a position on Israel that, for all the world, could be seen as quintessentially dumb!
The recent suggestion that Yasser Arafat died from poisoning is tied by "moderate" Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs to allegedly similar Jewish foul play in the death of the Prophet Mohammad
Strong differences are particularly focused on the events of October 16, 1943 when the Nazis rounded up and imprisoned more than 1,000 Jews at a site close to the Vatican: most of the Jews rounded up during the incident were killed at Auschwitz