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Abraham Lincoln

  • Israelis could take a page from Abraham Lincoln

    Forty years ago there existed a large group of Israelis that didn't want to occupy the Palestinian territories - a group which at one time was the majority; this majority has since turned into thin air. Lessons from the 19th century American South. (Translated from Hebrew by Jordan Michaeli) In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe, a young and prim author from Connecticut, published one of the most influential books of the 19th century, if not history: Uncle Tom's Cabin, which talks about the fate of slaves in the United States South. The book, which didn't age very well over the years (it is barely…

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  • From Lincoln Tunnel to Rabin Square: Legacies of bold leaders, and assassination

    Perhaps the greatest similarity between Abraham Lincoln and Yitzhak Rabin is that both men’s assassins succeeded in altering history. Following Lincoln’s death the reconstruction of the American south was abandoned and the Supreme Court accepted the notion of 'separate yet equal.' Following Rabin’s assassination, the occupation of the West Bank and the Palestinian people has deepened as Israeli settlements continue to grow. By Ilan Manor It was Ernst Lubitsch, an American filmmaker of Jewish decent, who used his 1942 classic comedy To Be or Not to Be to remark on the fate of dictators saying that "if they named a brandy…

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