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  • Iranian Jewish couples trapped by six-figure party dilemma

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 13, 2007 | 3:19 pm

    Sam Cohan recently completed his residency. As he looked for a job locally, his student loans weighed on him. The 30-something Iranian Jew had grown up middle class in the Valley and had to take out the loans to pay for his education at a prestigious medical school.

    With no... read on

  • Jimmy Carter hatred is alive in Iranian L.A.

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 13, 2007 | 3:15 pm


    The September release of a new documentary that follows Jimmy Carter on tour for his controversial book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” has reignited the longstanding animosity many Iranian Americans feel toward the former U.S. president.

    The film, “Man From Plains”, reveals the... read on

  • Coulter & Ahmadinejad need to leave the Jews alone

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 11, 2007 | 3:00 pm

    It’s surprising to me how both conservative author Ann Coulter and Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are getting free publicity these days for talking trash about the Jews! Someone needs to tell these people to back off and take care of their own business. Coulter on Monday... read on

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  • Pope attacks Iran on its anti-Semitism?

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 10, 2007 | 11:18 am

    In the past few days I’ve come across various stories from national and international news outlets with headlines blazing that Pope Benedict XVI has “attacked” or “spoken out against” Iran’s growing anti-Semitism. Yet almost every publication and wire service that has been carrying... read on

  • Iranian-German soccer player refuses to play in Israel

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 9, 2007 | 1:54 pm

    Ashkan Dejagah, a 21-year-old Iranian-born German soccer player’s refusal to play in Israel is perhaps one of the most shameful and ridiculous displays of unsportsmanlike conduct I have seen from anyone of Iranian background. Dejagah who moved to Germany as a child with his family,... read on

  • Iranian Jews in L.A. using silk flowers to promote charity

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 9, 2007 | 12:11 pm

    Mayan Kheset is a group of four or five Iranian Jewish volunteers based in the San Fernando Valley here in Southern California who are trying to change how the local Iranian Jewish community celebrates their weddings and other happy occasions. Four years ago, 37-year old Hirbod... read on

  • Rep. Lantos’ call for sanctions and diplomacy puzzles L.A. Iranians

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 9, 2007 | 12:05 pm


    Tom Lantos, chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, made headlines last April when he reiterated his desire to travel to Iran for informal talks with Iranian officials. And yet one month later the Democratic congressman from San Mateo introduced a tough Iran divestment bill... read on

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