We remember World War I as the first bloodbath of the modern era. But it was a conflict that combatants embraced and believed in.
You’d notice Marshall Berman, if you saw him. Back when I commuted to the City College of New York from my parents’ apartment in the late 1960s, my father certainly did. He rushed into our apartment to excitedly report that “a hippie” was entering our next-door neighbor’s place, a colleague of Berman’s at CCNY.
Eran Riklis feels its his duty to make films about the Arab-Israeli conflict. But his latest, ‘Zaytoun,’ also has a universal story at its center.
The New School’s program, “The Jewish-American Relationship with Israel at the Crossroads,” raised my suspicions for two reasons: the one-sided composition of its panel and its scheduling from 4 to 6 PM on a Saturday afternoon. Was this meant as a deliberate slap at pro-Israel and religious Jews, I wondered?
Moshe Kagan, a fiercely left-wing American Zionist who died at 92, was a man of many friendships, none more surprising than his decades-long warm link to Ariel Sharon.