In "Azimuth" at Israel Film Festival, director Mike Burstyn portrays Arab-Israeli conflict in microcosm




This summer, the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles screened the new Israeli movie, "Azimuth." “Azimuth” exposes conflict and salvation between two soldiers — an Israeli (Yiftach Klein) and an Egyptian (Sammy Sheik) — deadlocked in an abandoned U.N. outpost, during the ceasefire that ended the Six Day War. ( S.F. Gate)



Following the screening, director Mike Burstyn, Egyptian actor Sammy Sheik, and L.A. Jewish Journal editor David Suissa held this conversation before the amassed audience. JooTube exclusive video:



In order to qualify for the 2017 Academy Awards, Azimuth will run for a full week beginning December 14th in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Encino Town Center Cinema.

Jews calls for justice from Arabs & Iranians that expelled them; And for Palestinians they hold hostage for nearly 70-years

Jewish wedding in Baghdad (photo: JIMENA)
The Israeli Consulate to the Southwestern US participated in an event to remember the Jewish Refugees from Arab & Persian lands last December at the Sephardic Temple in Los Angeles and draw attention to this year's Sephardic Jewish Refugee Day, November 30th.




The 850,000 Jewish people (exceeding number of Palestinian refugees during Israel's defensive battle for  Independence) expelled by the Arab and Iranian countries they lived in for centuries. These citizens had their assets, homes, businesses seized and were expelled within days during the 1950's. Calls are made for justice and restitution - and calls to the world to request Arabs reciprocate the refugees they created and absorb the Palestinian refugees they have refused to for 68-years.


Speakers: Sam Grundwerg, Israel's Consul General to Southwest USA; 

Tifereth Israel's Senior Rabbi Dr. Tal Sessler;

David Suissa, publisher of Jewish Journal of L.A.; 

Turkish-American, Hy Arnesty, Jewish War Veteran of WWII & Korean War (and Chairman, Cemetery and Burial Committee for the Los Angeles National Cemetery); 

Mr. Yaki Lopez, Consul for Political Affairs, Israeli Consulate for Los Angeles;

Nathaniel Malka,  President of Jews Indigenous to the Middle East & North Africa ("JIMENA");

Rabbi Moshe Parry, scholar on teachings of Sephardic-supported, late Rabbi Meir Kahane, the founder of the Israeli political party, Kach, which argued for completion of the population exchange- that the Arab governments which expelled their Jews to Israel finally absorb the Palestinians they sequester in refugee camps as a political tool against the Jewish state of Israel.

Aussie columnist encourages mea culpas to Zionists

"Australians should say sorry to Jews for our lack of understanding." Rowan Dean in The Courier-Mail Oct 1, 2017
IF YOU bump into anyone today who’s Jewish, do yourself a favour. Reach out, shake their hand and say “I’m sorry.”
When they look at you with a puzzled expression and say “but you didn’t do anything”, you can reply “I know. But I should have.”
You can add: “I should have done lots of things that I didn’t do. I should have stood in silence at the Sydney Olympics for a few minutes to remember the Israeli Olympic athletes butchered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich games 45 years ago this month, but I didn’t.
“I should have been outraged at the slayings of Jews during the intifadas, but I was told it was their own fault.
“I should have wept tears of grief for Malki Roth, the young Aussie girl blown to bits along with 14 others in a pizza parlour, but it didn’t seem relevant. I should have been incensed when the murderess who organised that bombing was feted as an Arab TV celebrity.
“I should have been less critical of Israel’s settlements and more cynical about the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to agree to any peace proposals, but I condemned the first and merely shrugged at the second.
“I should have spoken out against the BDS campaign against Jewish businesses, but I figured it had nothing to do with me, so who gives a toss?
“I should have been more aware that what Israel has been going through for the past five decades is largely driven by the same fanatical passions and twisted religious fervour that now threatens shopping malls and rock concerts across the Western world, but I never joined the dots.”
Several things happened this month which shine a different light on how we in the West should view the Israel-Palestine “conflict”, and more importantly, how we should respond.
The other day, Norway’s Minister for Migration and Integration, Sylvi Listhaug – one of that country’s most popular politicians – linked terror in Europe to what Israel endures.
Speaking to an Israeli media outlet, she said: “We are experiencing now the fear that you have experienced for decades. Many people now understand the situation you live in. We see what is happening in Sweden, in Britain and in France.”
Ms Listhaug added that Europeans “need to understand the situation in Israel better”. This may sound like common sense, but it is completely at odds with the one-sided approach most European politicians and other nations instinctively take against Israel.