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  • Sharon: Criminal or Victim?

    By Michael J. Jordan

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The accusation that Ariel Sharon is a war criminal -- back on the public agenda with two court cases in Belgium and a damning BBC documentary -- is the latest step in a campaign to discredit and delegitimize Israel, supporters of the Jewish state say.

    A quick Internet search reveals...

  • Arabs Against Arafat

    By Larry Derfner

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "I look at my little boy, and I ask myself, 'What did he do to me that he should deserve this punishment?' I tell you, if I could leave here tomorrow for America, I would."

    We'll call the speaker Mahmoud.

    He is a taxi driver who lives in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem. He is a...

  • Muslim-Jewish Discord Debated

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two of the keenest American academic minds on the politics of the Middle East -- one Jewish, the other Arab -- debated the present and future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Monday evening, and reached agreement on at least three points.

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is...

  • Increased Sympathies

    By Gil Sedan

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At noon Tuesday, life among Israel's 1 million Arab citizens came to a standstill.

    For the first time in the history of the state, Arabs in Israel stood up for a moment of silence -- commemorating Al Nakba -- Arabic for "the catastrophe," which is what Palestinians call the 1948...

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  • They’re Heeeeere

    By Rob Eshman

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to a recently released Shaw University study, there are now between 6 and 7 million Muslims living in America. The study's figures may be a bit inflated, but few doubt their larger meaning: either Muslims now outnumber Jews in America, or they soon will.

    The Journal...

  • Defining Arab Issues in Israel

    By Gary Wexler

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Don't call us Israeli Arabs. We are not the Arabs of anyone. We are not Arab Israelis. We are not Palestinian Israelis. We are not Israeli Palestinians. We are not really Israelis. Israel doesn't see us as Israelis. We are Palestinians living in Israel."

    The fluency and literary...

  • Stepping Out

    By Debra Isaacs

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The day before Ramadan began, the Islamic Cultural Center of Southern California buzzed with the cadences of prayer and the exhortations of lecturers answering questions about the month-long fast. Parents chased their exuberant children or stood chatting beneath a wall-mounted map...

  • Israel 101

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The October Violence is the short-hand designation for the deadly sniping, shooting and police action between Palestinians and Israelis, including the unprecedented call-to-arms of Israeli Arabs. If American Jews accept "October Violence" as the title (Palestinians call it "the...

  • ‘They’ve Got Their Heads In The Sand

    By Eric Roth

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "You can't afford to sign up to a peace agreement that is all one-sided, meaning Israel takes all the risks," observed retired U.S. Admiral Leon A. Edney to small groups of Jewish leaders in Beverly Hills last week. "We need to find a way to live in peace with the Arab world, but...

  • Learning Lessons

    By Tuvia Grossman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most riveting - and controversial - photographs to have emerged from the recent violence in Israel was that of a bloodied and dazed young man with an angry Israeli policeman standing behind him shouting. While the young man was first identified by the Associated Press, the...

  • Nervous But United

    By Julie Wiener

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a speech that was the centerpiece of the North American Jewish federation system's gathering in Chicago this week, Israel's prime minister recalled being a small child when he heard of the United Nations' 1947 vote to partition Palestine.

    That period - when the Jews' willingness to...

  • The Hope Deficit

    By James D

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Since the latest spasm of Mideast violence began almost a month ago, American Jewish leaders have been getting together for almost daily conference calls.

    The teleconferences follow a standard format: the machers talk about how to defend Israel in the media and how to deal with an...

  • Defusing Tension

    By Tom Tugend

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    While violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have captured the headlines in recent weeks, Jewish and Arab leaders in major American cities are working quietly to forestall confrontations between their communities.

    Their efforts are marked by some common guidelines.



    ...

  • Israelis for Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Amidst a sea of Israeli and American flags and elongated balloons decorated with the Star of David, more than 1,000 Israeli residents of Los Angeles rallied in front of the Federal Building in Westwood on Oct. 15 to demonstrate support for their native country in the face of...

  • No Stranger to Controversy

    By Sharon Samber

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    From the start, Martin Indyk's career as a U.S. official has been filled with intrigue.As the first Jewish ambassador to Israel and later the top State Department official in charge of Middle East policy, Indyk's words and actions have been scrutinized by Jews and Arabs, by...

  • A Scholar Who Lacks Sense

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In Hebrew, a "scholar who lacks sense" reads as talmid chacham b'li sechel. In any language, it sounds like an oxymoron. I first heard this in reference to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel, who this week called Holocaust victims "reincarnated sinners,"...

  • A Petition for Justice

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Kineret Fischer is on a quest. At a time in her life when most young women are thinking about boyfriends or worrying about starting college, the recent graduate of Yeshiva University of Los Angeles high school (YULA) has been concentrating on fulfilling a mission: to bring to justice...

  • Chances for Peace

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Signing a framework for a peace agreement with the Palestinians by the end of May will help Israel to reshape the strategic equation in the Middle East, according to Israel's deputy defense minister, Ephraim Sneh, who briefed 250 delegates and guests at the recent Labor Zionist...
  • Dealing With Syria

    By Eric Silver

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    This weekend's Swiss summit between Bill Clinton and Hafez al-Assad is a make-or-break moment in the quest for peace between Syria and Israel. The American president will soon be a lame duck. The septuagenarian Syrian president is sick and eager to hand over the reins to his son,...
  • The Honeymoon is Over

    By Eric Silver

    February 24, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    Nine months after Ehud Barak took office as "everybody's prime minister," the honeymoon is over -- with his voters, coalition allies and Arab partners in the quest for peace. It is too early to write him off, but the Labor leader can no longer rely on loyalty or goodwill to see him...
  • L.A.‘s Forgotten Victim of Arab Terrorism

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Last week marked the sixth yahrzeit of Yitzhak Weinstock, a young American-Israeli who was murdered in a Palestinian Arab terrorist attack near Jerusalem. Hundreds of Jews have been murdered by Arab terrorists in Israel in the six years since the Oslo accords were signed, so perhaps...
  • Jerusalem Battle Moves to the Magic Kingdom

    By Julia Goldman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The latest round in the battle for Jerusalem is being waged not in the Middle East but in the Magic Kingdom.

    The Arab League and Arab-American groups are planning to meet with representatives of Walt Disney World to discuss their concerns that a special exhibit at Disney's EPCOT...

  • To Live and Die in West Beirut

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There have been a few Israeli films that dealt with relationships between Arabs and Jews (among them the superb prison drama "Beyond the Walls"), but rarely do we see an Arab movie that tells the story from the perspective of the "other side."

    If only to fill that gap, the screening...

  • When Dialogue Fails

    By Morton A. Klein

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Our July 16 cover story, "Tense Relations," detailed the friction among local Jewish and Arab groups -- who had once been engaged in dialogue -- over the successful effort on the part of many national Jewish organizations to block the appointment of the Muslim Public Affairs...

  • Trouble in Paradise

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Why did Jewish groups follow the Zionist Organization of America's lead in scuttling Salam Al-Marayati's appointment to a national commission on terrorism? The reason has much to do with politics, extremism and timorousness -- and I'm not speaking of Al-Marayati.

    Recently, Jewish...

  • The Truth About the ZOA

    By Morton A. Klein

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Gene Lichtenstein's July 2 editorial misrepresented the positions and activities of the Zionist Organization of America. The ZOA always has been, and remains, a centrist organization, and our efforts on behalf of Israel have broad support among American Jews.

    We are not associated...

  • An Arab Prime Minister?

    By Larry Derfner

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the first time ever, an Arab citizen of Israel is running for prime minister. He is first-term Knesset member Azmi Bishara, one of the leading intellectuals in the Arab world, and one of the most provocative politicians of any ethnicity in Israel.

    Bishara's candidacy is opposed by...

  • On Winning the Terror War

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Readers' Quiz No. 2: Test your knowledge of Middle East terrorism. Simply identify the following incident:

    It was one of America's most controversial "victories" against international terrorism: a negotiated settlement with a gang of Arabic-speaking hijackers who were holding American...

  • The Human Element of Diplomacy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The all-night sessions, heated confrontations and threats of walkouts that marked the recent Wye Accord negotiations had their parallel 20 years ago, when the Camp David Agreement lay the groundwork for the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

    Back then, as now, the personalities and human...

  • Mideast

    By Eric Silver

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A Divided Land

    By Eric Silver, Mideast Correspondent

    Recent murders in Hebron indicate a new trend in extremism

    What the Israeli right likes to call "the battle for the Land of Israel" is in danger of turning into a war of the ultras, Arab extremists...

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