A Polish Rabbi’s Words to a Community Facing Nazism abroad and Anti-Semitism at Home

Jan. 13 2017

In 1941, Kalman Chameides—formerly the rabbi of the Polish city of Katowice—left his son Leon in the care of a prominent Ukrainian churchman in the city of Lwów, never to see him again. Kalman died of typhus in the Lwów ghetto, but Leon survived, and has now translated and published a collection of his father’s essays, written between 1932 and 1936. Elisha Russ-Fishbane writes in his review:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, German Jewry, History & Ideas, Judaism, Nazism, Polish Jewry

What Does International Law Say about Settlements in Occupied Territory? If Israel Does It, It’s Illegal

Sept. 22 2020

It is the general opinion of most governments, legal experts, Middle East specialists, and the editorial boards of major English-language newspapers that the construction of homes for Jews in the West Bank is, at least in some cases, a violation of international law. Yet it is not at all clear why this should be so. Two recent books on disputed territories in international law, both of which pay special attention to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, address this subject in detail, and in the end side against Israel. But, writes Eugene Kontorovich in his review, their authors fail to appreciate the problem that the law in question has never been applied to any country besides the Jewish state:

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More about: International Law, Settlements, West Bank