Monday, June 27, 2016 Sivan 21, 5776

Media Clippings
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I was shocked when I read the headline of the opinion piece in the Aug. 4 issue of The New York Times: "Scenes From an Overrated Career." The pullquote only made things worse: "Why hardly anyone watches Bergman films anymore." I couldn't believe it. This was just days after the great Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman had died at age...
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Media Watch
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John R. Cohn, M.D.
Earlier in the year, as reported in this column and elsewhere, Britain's National Union of Journalists was roundly criticized for proposing a boycott of Israeli goods. On July 10, the Guardian newspaper, reported that this union's executive council had announced it was abandoning the boycott measure. "The boycott motion was highly controversial," the newspaper reported, "and was attacked by critics...
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Israel Owes It to Soldiers to Come to Their Rescue Bernie Dishler's impassioned letter, "Captured Soldiers Require Help From the Public," (Letters, July 26) was yet another reminder that three Israeli men have yet to be released -- or heard from. Dishler compares their fate to that of the Soviet refuseniks who we picketed for en masse in the 1970s...
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A minor scholarly controversy came to a successful conclusion last week when the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum finally relented, and agreed to include a mention of Jewish activists who pushed for rescue of European Jewry in its permanent exhibition. The decision is yet another posthumous honor for the late Hillel Kook, who was known in this country as Peter Bergson...
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Gerald M. Steinberg
B'tselem is one of the most powerful and controversial lobbies in Israel, and plans to open an office in Washington to increase the debate on this NGO's activities. While using human-rights rhetoric and couching its statements in moral tones, B'tselem has a focus that is primarily political. It was founded "to change Israeli policy in the occupied territories," and is...
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