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  • Two million cut off from running water in Aleppo

    August 9, 2016 | 8:48 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The ongoing battle between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and various rebel groups has crippled the infrastructure in Aleppo and left two million residents without running water, according to the UN. The crisis...

  • For Iran and Hezbollah, a costly week in Syria

    May 13, 2016 | 1:36 pm

    A rebel onslaught on the town of Khan Touman near Aleppo last week delivered one of the biggest battlefield setbacks yet to the coalition of foreign Shi'ite fighters waging war on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

    Reports put the death toll among the Iranian, Afghani...

  • After fleeing Syria’s war, chef becomes a star in Gaza

    June 15, 2015 | 9:13 am

     It is a safe bet that no one made it as a celebrity chef following the same path as Wareef Hameedo.

    Three years ago, the 34-year-old was running a small restaurant in a mall in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Then it was heavily bombed in Syria's civil war. Members of his family fled...

  • Operation Passover: Israeli Rabbi smuggles matzah to Syria’s Jews

    By Simone Wilson

    February 25, 2015 | 10:36 am

    By the morning of Feb. 19, Rabbi Abraham Haim had collected more than 300 pounds of Jerusalem-made matzah for delivery to Syria. Boxes of the traditional Jewish crackers were stacked up to the ceiling of his cramped apartment in Bnei Brak, a religious suburb of Tel Aviv.

    A few...

  • Islamic State pulls forces and hardware from Syria’s Aleppo

    February 9, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Islamic State has withdrawn some of its insurgents and equipment from areas northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and residents say, adding to signs of strain in the Syrian provinces of its self-declared caliphate.

    The group, which has recently lost ground to Kurdish and...

  • Jewish graves destroyed in Syrian city

    September 25, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Al-Qaida-linked terrorists reportedly demolished several ancient Jewish mausoleums in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

    The graves were located in the historical town of Tadif, according to the semi-official Iranian FARS news agency and other Iranian news outlets. The terrorists reportedly belong to the al-Qaida-backed al-Nusra Front.

    A tomb said to be that of Ezra the Scribe is located in the town. It is unclear if it was one of the damaged grave sites.

    Several religious sites in Syria have been destroyed in the country’s two-year civil war.

  • In Syria, peaceful demonstrators frustrated

    June 11, 2013 | 4:52 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Khalid Walid spends most of his days drinking coffee and smoking French cigarettes on a dusty Aleppo street corner. With the war shutting down the local university, he no longer attends classes.

    The paralysis that plagues...

  • Syrians angry at Israel

    May 7, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Khalil Sharif wants everyone to stay out of his country’s business.

    “First the foreign jihadists hijack the revolution and now the Israelis,” the 31 year old electrician complained to The Media Line. “Why can’t they leave...

  • Syria says it would not use chemical arms, even against Israel

    April 24, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Damascus will not use chemical weapons against its own citizens, or in the event of war with its neighbor Israel, Syria's Information Minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

    A senior Israeli intelligence officer said on Tuesday that Syrian government forces had used chemical...

  • A Sephardic S.Y. Agnon

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 18, 2013 | 10:50 am

    In current discourses on modern Israeli literature, the names Oz, Yehoshua and Grossman typically dominate the discussion. But how often do we hear the name Haim Sabato? Who is Sabato, and why is his writing often compared to Nobel Prize-winning Israeli author S.Y. Agnon?

    When I...

  • Ancient Syrian synagogue hit by looting, shelling

    April 1, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Theft and shelling have damaged a 2,000 year-old synagogue in Damascus, one of the oldest in the world, Syrian government and opposition activist sources said on Monday.

    Syria's historic monuments have increasingly become a casualty of the civil war has killed more than 70,000...

  • Did Bashar Assad use chemical weapons?

    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?”


  • Alleged chemical attack kills 25 in northern Syria

    March 19, 2013 | 4:25 pm

    Syria's government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would, if confirmed, be the first use of such weapons in the two-year conflict.

    U.S. President Barack Obama, who has resisted overt military...

  • March 13, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 13, 2013 | 3:31 am

    The US

    Headline: US Arabs: Obama Blames Israeli Govt, US Congress for Lack of Peace Progress

    To Read:  Former senior military advisor Sarah Chayes qualifies Vali Nasr's high-profile provocative account of the White House foreign policy mechanism:

    Nasr is correct that...

  • February 26, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 26, 2013 | 3:27 am

    The US

    Headline: ‘Obama to tell Netanyahu US gearing up for Iran strike

    To Read: David Rothkopf doesn't see Kerry's appointment as 'the beginning of an era', seeing that Foreign policy will continue to be determined by Obama-

    Kerry has already given some clues to the kind...

  • Sixty-five found executed in Syria’s Aleppo, activists say

    January 29, 2013 | 11:56 am

    At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday in a "new massacre" in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar Assad, activists said.

    Opposition campaigners blamed the government but it was impossible to...

  • Does anyone give a damn about Syria?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 18, 2013 | 9:28 am

    It’s hard to believe that every day the news reports have Syrians dying like flies and noone seems to give much of a damn. The report yesterday that 80 students were blown to smithereens was particularly galling. They were studying at their University in Aleppo when, apparently,...

  • January 16, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 16, 2013 | 3:50 am

    The US

    Headline: Schumer Backs Hagel Nomination

    To Read: As Barack Obama prepares for his second inauguration, Wil Haygood of the Washington Post looks at the similarities between the first black president and Martin Luther King.

    In [Jesse] Jackson’s mind, the lives of...

  • December 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 13, 2012 | 2:09 am


    Liberal American Jews, Tzipi Livni, and the Israeli Consensus

    Evelyn Gordon of Commentary Magazine chides liberal American Jews for a stance on settlements that is at odds with even Israel's most dovish politicians.  

    After all, if the settlement blocs will be...

  • Syrian fighting decimates tourism industry

    December 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. International flights into and out of the capital continued despite throughout 20-months of fighting between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the rebels seeking to depose him. But as...

  • In Aleppo, Syrian rebels bogged down in sniper war

    October 18, 2012 | 4:03 pm

    Plucking up his courage, a young boy ducks and darts down a bullet-scarred street in Aleppo, as a rebel with a megaphone shouts directions.

    "Don't turn right! Stay left, stay left. Now go, run, run!"

    A sniper shot cracks out, and the boy's dangerously bright pink shirt...

  • Suicide car bombers strike in heart of Aleppo, killing 48

    October 3, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    Three suicide car bombs and a mortar barrage ripped through a government-controlled district of central Aleppo housing a military officers' club on Wednesday, killing 48 people according to activists.

    The coordinated attacks hit just days after rebels launched an offensive...

  • September 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 30, 2012 | 1:00 am


    Hate-Speech Hypocrites

    William Satelan of Slate asks why it is acceptable to ban hate speech against Jews while defending mockery of Muslims. 

    This debate between East and West, between respect and pluralism, isn’t a crisis. It’s a stage of global progress. The...

  • ‘A window onto 1,000 turbulent years crucial to understanding today’s Mideast’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 27, 2012 | 4:30 am

    Journalist and author Matti Friedman discusses his new book, the Aleppo Codex, and the significance today for this often overlooked chapter in Jewish history.

    [Proper disclosure: Matti Friedman’s book was also published in Hebrew by Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan-Dvir, at which I’m the head...

  • Bombings, bombardments kill across Syria

    February 10, 2012 | 8:30 am

    At least 28 people were killed in two bomb attacks in Syria’s second city Aleppo on Friday while in besieged Homs, opposition neighbourhoods endured another day of bombardment by President Bashar al-Assad’s troops.

    The Aleppo bombings were the worst violence to hit the country’s...

  • Syria security forces shoot dead 16 as Sunni city of Aleppo sees first killing

    June 17, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Security forces shot dead 16 protesters at several demonstrations across Syria on Friday demanding the removal of President Bashar Assad, a main activists’ group coordinating protests said.

    The deaths included the first protester to be killed in Syria’s second city, the commercial...