Archive for the ‘History’ Category


New Hungarian Film Explores Guilt of Those Who Looted the Property of Deported Jews

editor 21 October 2017

By Karen Leon.. After watching a Holocaust related film, I always wonder how it was received in the director’s country of origin—or the way an audience of modern Germans, Poles or other implicated peoples react when the rod of historic guilt points in their nation’s direction. Opening in New York on November 1st is a new disquieting and superbly acted Hungarian post-Holocaust film titled 1945. (more…)


Statue of nationalist blamed for pogroms against Jews is unveiled in Ukraine

editor 19 October 2017

By Sue Surkes.. Memorial to Symon Petliura erected in Vinnitsa, within walking distance of an active synagogue and city’s former Jewish quarter. A new statue of a Ukrainian nationalist who is blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of Jews during the Russian Revolution, was unveiled Saturday in Vinnitsa, in an area of the city once known as Yerusalimka (Jerusalem), just some 200 meters (600 feet) from a small, functioning synagogue. (more…)


The 80th Anniversary of the Two-State Solution

editor 7 October 2017

By Rick Richman.. In 1937, an official British report first proposed the partition of Mandate Palestine. The story behind it helps to explain why the Arab-Jewish conflict remains unresolved. In this epochal year of Zionist anniversaries—the 120th of the First Zionist Conference in Basle, the 100th of the Balfour Declaration, the 70th of the 1947 UN Partition Resolution, the 50th of the Six-Day War—there is yet another to be marked: the 80th anniversary of the 1937 British Peel Commission Report, which first proposed a “two-state solution” for Palestine. [Photo top right: Lord Peel and Sir Horace Rumbold, chairman & vice chairman of the Palestine Royal Commission, after taking evidence from the Arab Higher Committee in Jerusalem in 1937. Library of Congress.] (more…)


Lost Jewish city discovered underneath Israeli army base

editor 7 October 2017

By Aristos Georgiou.. The settlement is thought to have changed hands numerous times in its history. A lost Jewish city has been discovered by archaeologists hidden underneath an Israeli Defence Force training base, according to Tel Aviv daily Yedioth Aharanot. Archaeologists working for the IDF’s Civil administration were digging under the old parade grounds of a disused training centre near the town of Beit El in the West Bank when they made the surprising finding. [Photo top right: Artefacts found in a lost Jewish City. COGAT].  (more…)


The True Colonialist Settlers In The Land of Israel

editor 28 September 2017

By Melanie Phillips.. At the core of the leftist onslaught against Israel lies the belief that it is a “settler”, colonialist enterprise through which the Jews, with no historical claim to the land, turfed out the indigenous Palestinians whose home it had been since antiquity. In fact, the precise opposite is true: the “Palestinians” are the true settlers and colonialists while the Jews are the only extant indigenous people and the only people for whom the land of Israel was ever their national kingdom. [Picture top right: The entrance of Caliph Umar (581?-644) into Jerusalem].  (more…)


In the Land of the Trident: The Ukraine War and the Jews

editor 21 September 2017

By Jonathan Spyer.. Ukraine is a territory saturated in Jewish memory.  Memory both tragic and sublime.  In every field of endeavor –  religious thought,  Zionist and socialist politics, art, music, military affairs, science, Jews from the territory on which the modern Ukrainian state is located have registered outstanding achievement.  It is the birthplace of Rabbi Yisrael Ben-Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov,  founder of Hasidic Judaism, who grew up near Kameniec in what is now western Ukraine. [Photo top right: A Soldier of the Ukrainian Army’s 72nd Mechanized Brigade, Avdiivka, August, 2017 (Photo: Jonathan Spyer)]. (more…)


Jerusalem Magazine – 50 Years Reunited

editor 20 September 2017

One-Time Edition | Collector’s Item

By Christains for Israel International.. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, following the Six Day War of June 1967, after 19 years of division. This special magazine marks this unique milestone in the history of the eternal capital of Israel. Historically and politically, spiritually and culturally, the Holy City represents the heart and soul of the Jewish people. (more…)


UK–Israel Relations: 100 Years Since The Balfour Declaration

editor 13 September 2017

By David A. Dangoor.. Today we are also secured by our ties in trade, investment, security, cooperation, technology and science, for the benefit of the peoples of both countries. A hundred years ago, British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour wrote a short letter to Lord Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The Balfour Declaration was a seminal moment in the long history of Zionist activity and Jewish dreams of a return to their indigenous and ancestral homeland. (more…)


Mossad to release never-published file on Nazi Angel of Death

editor 9 September 2017

By Tamara Zieve.. Much of Mengele’s life remains a mystery. After the fall of Hitler, Mengele reportedly fled to Buenos Aires where he is believed to have lived for a decade. Previously classified Mossad files about the spy agency’s unsuccessful attempts to capture notorious Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele will be available to the public later this week (first week of September, 2017). The reports, photographs and maps from the code-named “Meltzer File” about the chase after the so-called “Angel of Death” are among three volumes put together by the Mossad’s history unit about operations to capture Nazi war criminals spanning from 1959 to 1991. [Photo top right: Josef Mengele (1911-1979), German SS officer. Photo taken by a police photographer in 1956 in Buenos Aires for Mengele’s Argentine identification document. Wikimedia Commons.](more…)


Dozens of seals and seal impressions from First Temple period found in City of David this year.

editor 8 September 2017

By Ruth Schuster.. Archaeologists believe illustrative impressions were used to seal deals during the First Temple period, lending credence to the theory that Jerusalem was administrative capital of Judean kingdom. Several dozen seals and seal impressions from the First Temple period, many with biblical-type names in ancient Hebrew text, have been found in this year’s excavations of the City of David. [Photo top right: Seals adorned with Biblical names were found by archaeologists at the City of David Excavation in Jerusalem. Credit: Eliyahu Yanai]. (more…)


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