When Portugal Became a Magnet for Jewish Refugees

April 1 2021

In the 1930s and 40s, the Portuguese prime minister António de Oliveira Salazar had the dubious distinction of being the least brutal of Europe’s many dictators. He kept his country out of World War II, and didn’t share the fanatical anti-Semitism of Adolf Hitler or Romania’s Ion Antonescu. As a result, Portugal became a destination for Jews fleeing the Nazi advance, whose experiences are detailed in Marion Kaplan’s new book Hitler’s Jewish Refugees. (Ruth Wisse describes her own family’s sojourn in Lisbon here.) Allan Arkush writes in his review:

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More about: Hannah Arendt, Holocaust, Portugal, Refugees, Seder, World War II

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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