Wes Anderson’s Latest Conjures a Confectionary Vision of France

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From The French Dispatch

The infamously elaborate director’s new film takes us to Ennui-Sur-Blasé, where employees of a US newspaper get into whimsical capers.

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Mordecai Richler

Daniel J. Laxer

On Esplanade Avenue on the eastern flank of Jeanne Mance Park – which Mordecai Richler would have known, in another time, as Fletcher’s Field – there is an old triplex with a green door, right by the corner of Duluth. My great-grandfather owned it. When Mordecai was a boy, the Richlers were my great-grandfather’s tenants. This was before they had moved to St. Urban, of course. Mordecai, my great-uncles, and my grandmother would have played together as children.

Today, July 3rd, is the anniversary of Mordecai’s death.

I remember the day he died. Somebody in the CJAD newsroom suggested they call me, that perhaps, given my education, I’d be a good resource. The former Quebec City Bureau Chief – a top-notch reporter who would go on to become a priest in the Anglican Church – called me at home. “Dan, Mordecai Richler’s died and we thought maybe you’d know whom…

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Protecting fur and fins: Bans on fashion in Israel and fishing in Jamaica — The Christian Science Monitor | All stories

Our progress roundup: Israel is first country to ban fashion furs, and a Jamaica fish sanctuary where conservationist-fisher cooperation is key.

Protecting fur and fins: Bans on fashion in Israel and fishing in Jamaica — The Christian Science Monitor | All stories

The Suicide of Elsa Reininger- A forgotten Holocaust victim.

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A few weeks ago I discovered a Jewish Cemetery in Limerick. It was across from a landmark pub in the city called ‘the Hurlers’. There was small laneway across from the Hurlers leading to the small Cemetery.

One of the graves was of Simon Gewurz. He was originally from Bratislava in Slovakia. But he moved to Limerick where he died in 1944. I recently found out that he was the last Rabbi in Limerick.

In 1938 he had to conduct the funeral service of Elsa Reininger.

Elsa’s story was a tragic one. She had fled Austria after Hitler annexed the country. Reininger was her maiden name, she was married to Berisch Hofler. a Polish Jew. The couple had one daughter, Margarete.

Austria was annexed into the Third Reich on March 13, 1938, the day after German troops entered Austrian territory, the so called Anschluss. The Nazis were greeted by cheering…

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The Right Number of Anti-Semites in Congress

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There is a growing movement for the U.S. Congress to look much like America. The argument goes that a representative government should resemble its constituents which would be better able to incorporate their perspectives when passing laws.

For the early years of American democracy, the halls of government were populated by White Christian men. Over time, women and Blacks were given the right to vote and ultimately began running for and winning seats in government.

The tapestry of America can be seen in a picture of the 117th Congress.

Members of 117th Congress being sworn in, January 2021 (photo: Franmarie Metzler)embers of 1

In addition to outward appearance is the lived in reality of people’s experiences, feelings and emotional state.

There are Americans who are mentally unstable. Who are racists and misogynists. Who are psychopaths, suicidal and abusers. These individuals are represented by members of Congress and are also…

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Hamilton: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators burned the Israeli flag by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

Hamilton: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators burned the Israeli flag by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi On Sunday, May 16, 2021 hundreds attended the “All Out for Palestine – Hamilton Rally” in support of the Palestinians during the war between Israel and a coalition of Palestinian terrorist organizations led by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. The rally that took place in front of Hamilton City Hall was hosted by Independent Jewish Voices Hamilton and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – McMaster. Before the event the organizers issued the following statement: A concerned coalition of students has put together a rally to condemn the latest Israeli brutalization of Palestinians taking place all across Palestine. McMaster SPHR pledges its support and calls upon the community to do the same. All out for Palestine! All out against the occupation! Say NO to Israeli occupation and commemorate 73 years of Palestinian ongoing resistance to the ongoing Nakba together on May 16th at 4pm at Hamilton City Hall. Take a stand for Al-Aqsa, Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Gaza and all of Palestine together, as the Palestinians on the ground are demanding. The Canadian government’s complicity in Israeli war crimes must end! At the end of the rally protesters burned the flag of Israel chanting in Arabic “We’ll sacrifice our blood and soul for Palestine.” The flag of Israel was adopted on 28 October 1948, five months after the establishment of the State of Israel. It depicts a blue hexagram on a white background, between two horizontal blue stripes. The blue stripes are intended to symbolize the stripes on a tallit, the traditional Jewish prayer shawl. The Star of David is a widely acknowledged symbol of the Jewish people and of Judaism. In Judaism, the colour blue symbolises God’s glory, purity and gevurah (God’s severity) The White field represents Chesed (Divine Benevolence). Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi | May 24, 2021 at 6:26 pm | Tags: flag, Hamilton, Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Israel, Palestine, protest, SPHR | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: https://wp.me/paNQhq-Q9

Flag of Israel stomped by pro Palestinian protesters in Toronto by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

New post on The Documentation Project: Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel Campaigns in Canada
Flag of Israel stomped by pro Palestinian protesters in Toronto by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi Around 500 people attended the Emergency Rally for Sheikh Jarrah held on Saturday May 10, 2021 in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto (2 Bloor St E). The Palestine House sponsored the protest. Protesters placed an Israeli flag on the sidewalk and stomped on it as an expression of contempt. @leensalous02 #savesheikhjarrah #palestine #toronto ♬ original sound – Leen Salous The flag of Israel was adopted on 28 October 1948, five months after the establishment of the State of Israel. It depicts a blue hexagram on a white background, between two horizontal blue stripes. The blue stripes are intended to symbolize the stripes on a tallit, the traditional Jewish prayer shawl. The Star of David is a widely acknowledged symbol of the Jewish people and of Judaism. In Judaism, the colour blue symbolises God’s glory, purity and gevurah (God’s severity) The White field represents Chesed (Divine Benevolence). Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi | May 23, 2021 at 5:41 pm | Tags: flag, Israel, Palestine, Toronto | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: https://wp.me/paNQhq-Q0

Deliberate Media Distortion — Haifa Diary

by Richard Kemp •  May 16, 2021 Hamas is no match for the IDF and could be quickly and much more cheaply defeated by blunt and crushing military force were it not for one thing — the Israeli need to minimise loss of civilian life. Hamas know that. Over many years of conflict in Gaza, the…

Deliberate Media Distortion — Haifa Diary