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Sundown: Syrian Rage

Plus, remember to remember, ‘The Great Dictator,’ and more

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Anti-regime protesters march today in the Syrian city of Banias.(-/AFP/Getty Images)

• Tens of thousands took to Syria’s streets. In some cases, the army fired upon them. [WP]

• Here is a remarkable story told by a Syrian lesbian blogger about her father. Spare some prayers for the people of Syria this weekend. [A Gay Girl in Damascus]

• An appreciation of Stanley Siegelman, a poet and longtime Forward contributor who died earlier this month at 87. [Forward]

• Don’t forget, never forget: Yom HaShoah is this Sunday, May 1. [ADL]

• A pregnant Israeli woman and her Jewish husband—both of whom lived in China—were among the dead in a terrorist bombing in Morocco. [Haaretz]

• Holocaust survivors traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby congressional staffers to allow them to sue a French railroad. [JTA]

New Yorker film critic Richard Brody’s “DVD of the Week” is 1940’s The Great Dictator, a late Chaplin film (hear him talk!) that presciently confronted the Nazis and anti-Semitism head-on.

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Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

The Muslim-Arabs keep slaughtering their young, be it in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and beyond; and doing so in the thousands.

Imagine what they would do to the Jewish young of Israel if they only had the opportunity to place their hands on them…

No wonder, Israel insists on not crossing red lines related to national and security matters when it comes to dealing with the Muslim-Arab world, local and regional.

But, at times, one wonders, does the present White House understands this reality…??

And if it does, why place undue pressure on Israel to make additional risky gestures…??

Is the life of Israel’s young of no value…??


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Sundown: Syrian Rage

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