Jewish Journal

“Ex-Muslim” preaches the Gospel

by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

April 2, 2013 | 10:15 am

When Hazem Farraj was 15, he became a Christian. But as a Palestinian Muslim living in East Jerusalem, he couldn’t tell anyone, especially his father.

“For almost three years I was an... read full article

  • Did Bashar Assad use chemical weapons?

    by Michel Stors, The Media Line

    March 28, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Marea, Northern Syria — Ahmad Jabir gesticulated wildly when he heard the news. “This regime is crazy,” the 24 year old rebel fighter shouted. “When will the international community realize it will kill us all with gasses like the chemical weapons it fired today?”


  • West Bank Hebrew language study is growing

    by Diana Atallah, The Media Line

    March 27, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Listening to Hebrew songs is officially frowned upon by many West Bank residents, but interest in learning the language of the “other society that is very close but still far away” is clearly picking up among Palestinians wishing to understand Israelis. One example is the Mohammed...

  • President Obama appeals to Israelis to make peace with Palestinians

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    March 21, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    In an emotional speech to hundreds of university students, President Obama urged young Israelis to push their government to re-launch peace talks with the Palestinians, arguing it is the only way to ensure the future of Israeli democracy.

    “The Palestinian people’s right to...

  • More than 500 journalists cover Obama’s Israel visit, only small number will attend events

    by Linda Gradstein and Diana Atallah, The Media Line

    March 20, 2013 | 6:18 am

    Israel’s Government Press Office is working overtime. At Ben Gurion International Airport, a special counter has been set up to issue temporary press cards to the 300 journalists flying in.

    At the Menachem Begin Center, a state-of-the art press center has been hastily set up,...

  • Israel’s emerging new government

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    March 14, 2013 | 10:39 am

    Barring a last minute glitch, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to sign coalition agreements that will give him a new government just two days before the deadline, and less than a week before President Barack Obama arrives in Israel. The new government will have a total of...

  • Israel and the Palestinians gearing up for Obama visit

    by Linda Gradstein and Diana Atallah, The Media Line

    March 13, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Preparing for a US presidential visit is a huge job. Preparing for a US presidential visit the week before Passover is an almost insurmountable task.

    While in Jerusalem, the President will be staying at the historic King David hotel, which used to be the site of the British...

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy in decline

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    March 12, 2013 | 10:29 am

    During President Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA)  next week, he will visit the West Bank towns of Ramallah, where he will meet PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, and Bethlehem, to see the Church of the Nativity. A new report by the World Bank says he will see an...

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