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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 2013

Re: [House Editorial “Out of Golan in 30 Days”, TVR July/August 2013]   What political irresponsibility or unexplainable fears can possibly have forced the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann (Chairman of the SPÖ) and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger (head of the liberal-conservative ÖVP, who additionally acts as Minister of Foreign Affairs) to abandon within 48 hours […]

Out of Golan in 30 Days

On 12 June, the UN in New York announced that soldiers from the Fiji Islands will replace the 380 Austrian troops of the UNDOF peacekeeping mission on Golan Heights, the buffer zone between Israel and Syria. Sending an estimated 500 troops in total, the small nation in the South Pacific, East of Australia, with some […]

Documentary Film: The law in these parts

Documentary Film: The law in these parts

Today, the Filmcasino is hosting a Mediterranean breakfast starting at 11:00, before the screen of The law in these parts, a documentary investigation by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz into the justice of the Israeli legal system. It has been the winner of the World Cinema Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2012 and won “Best Documentary” at the […]

Ari Rath: Israel’s Loyal Opposition

Ari Rath: Israel’s Loyal Opposition

Veteran newspaperman Ari Rath was in mid-flight, talking animatedly on his cell phone as he waved me to join him in a back booth at Café Korb. It was early October, and the Vienna-born former chief editor of The Jerusalem Post had been swept up in a whirlwind of readings and interviews to promote his […]

Israel: Kafka documents to be made public

Israel: Kafka documents to be made public

A Tel Aviv judge has ordered that 40,000 unpublished documents by the Prague-born writer Franz Kafka be turned over the Israel National Library and published. The institution in Jerusalem announced plans to publish the notebooks, letters and writings online. The decision ends a prolonged and heated trial over the documents Kafka gave to his friend […]

The ‘Truth’ About the Jews

The ‘Truth’ About the Jews

Anti-Semitism warning! Günter Grass is no isolated case. The world always reacts with outrage when Israel has the audacity to step out of its historically assigned role of victim. And once again the reversal of the classic Perpetrator-Victim relationship, this time from Grass. In his poem “What Must be Said”, the Nobel Prize laureate alleges that […]

What Must (and Must Not) Be Said

What Must (and Must Not) Be Said

Nobel laureate Günter Grass has made a career of talking about hard things. Like Oskar, the central character in his 1959 novel The Tin Drum, Grass is gifted with a piercing shriek that can be used as a weapon. His latest cry was a poem, “What Must Be Said”, that appeared in the Süddeutsche Zeitung […]

Günter Grass: What Must Be Said

                                            Why have I been silent, been silent too long, about what obviously is and has been practised in a simulated game, at whose end, we will as survivors, in any case, only be […]

The Voice for a Just Peace: Seeing the Human Face

Not long after Arafat took his final breaths in a hospital in France, his arch rival, Sharon, briefly sputtered and then sank into unconsciousness. Angry Jewish settlers were dragged from their homes in Gaza while the total Jewish settler population in West Bank continues to explode. Hamas won a democratic election to the Legislative Council, […]

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