March 16, 2024

Ceasefire calls at Oscars: Antisemitism or naive idealism?

Oscar given at the Academy Awards. Credit: LanKS/Shutterstock. by Marc Erlbaum (JNS) — A handful of celebrities wore ceasefire pins to the annual Academy Awards ceremony in California on March 10. The red pins represent the organization Artists 4 Ceasefire, […]
March 15, 2024

Several musical acts pull out of SXSW over U.S. Army sponsorship, Israel’s Gaza war

SXSW sign at the Austin Convention Center in Texas, March 10, 2024. Credit: GSPhotography/Shutterstock. (JNS) — Multiple performers have bowed out of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas, which began on March 8 and is […]
January 21, 2022

“The Girl From Oslo” makes no sense, is detached from plausible reality

by Jonathan Feldstein People have been talking about a new “hit” Netflix series, “The Girl from Oslo,” with enough positive reviews that we decided to watch it. Having seen it, I’m not sure why anyone is saying anything other than […]
April 25, 2021

Missing Louisiana, first Israeli Arab in top Israel Basketball league excels

by Richard Friedman  “There is no difference between us when we are on the court,” says 25-year-old Shahd Abboud, the only Arab on Israel’s national women’s basketball team, and a former player at Northwestern State in Louisiana. Abboud was one […]
October 18, 2020

Warsaw Ghetto archives reflect need for strong Israel

by Richard Friedman  “Who Will Write Our History?” That’s the title of a remarkable documentary, based on a book by the same name, that tells the story of a group of Jews who banded together in the Warsaw Ghetto in […]