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  • Differing Views on European Anti-Semitism

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The talk here in Los Angeles -- about anti-Semitism and Europe -- is by turns angry and cynical. And not just from the proverbial "Jewish man on the street," so quick to respond both to real and imagined slights. It is almost as though the suspicion that Europeans could not be...

  • Sharonism vs. Building a Wall

    By Ron Unz

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Any attempt to resolve the crisis in the Middle East forces us -- the American people and American Jewry -- to appraise the motives and the ultimate goals of the leaders involved.

    Endless disputes have raged over whether Yasser Arafat and the other Arab leaders merely seek a...

  • Saudi Plan Marks Change

    By Leslie Susser

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser swept into Khartoum for an Arab summit less than three months after the Arab debacle in the 1967 Six-Day War, he was greeted like a hero.

    Newsweek ran a cover story titled, "Hail to the Conquered!" The summit passed the notorious "three...

  • Being Good Neighbors

    By Yehoshua Halevi

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When a suicide bomber walked unimpeded into a crowded supermarket in Efrat earlier this month and set off a small bomb, the explosion damaged a section of the store's bakery. Miraculously, no Jews were injured by the blast, but the Arab casualties were believed significant.


  • Sharon Fights Time

    By David Landau

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A surge in violence this week cost more than two dozen Israelis their lives -- and put Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's political life increasingly at peril.

    A year after Sharon took office with a pledge to restore security, Israelis were besieged with terror that seemed to come from...

  • Conquest by Birthrate

    By Simon Carroll

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A leading Arab think tank is backing an old strategy -- to defeat the Jewish State from within by encouraging the growth of its Arab population.

    The prime proponent of the conquest-by-demography theory is Wahid Abdel Maguid, chief editor of the Arab Strategic Report, the publication...

  • The Importance of Zinni

    By Michael W. Sonnefeldt

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most significant elements in Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech of Nov. 19 was the appointment of Anthony Zinni, the much-decorated and admired retired Marine Corps four-star general, as his Mideast envoy.

    Zinni's last post was as head of CENTCOM, the command that...

  • Durban, the Sequel

    By James D. Besser

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Geneva and Ann Arbor, Mich., may be a world apart, but they now have something in common: both are settings for a reinvigorated effort to undercut the very legitimacy of Israel.

    The same folks responsible for turning this summer's Durban conference on racism into an anti-Israel...

  • Enemy or Friend?

    By Larry Derfner

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Israel's 1 million Arab citizens have been going through a process of radicalization for the last generation, but since the Al Aqsa Intifada broke out nearly 14 months ago, that process has taken a bitter leap forward. Days after the intifada began and rioting Palestinians were shot...

  • Parents Want Proof

    By Toby Axelrod

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The parents of Israeli soldiers kidnapped a year ago by Hezbollah are asking the World Jewish Congress (WJC) to help press their case.

    The parents of Benny Avraham, one of three soldiers kidnapped along Israel's northern border in October 2000, met Tuesday with WJC members attending...

  • Destination Unknown

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What does the United States effort to enlist Arab countries into the coalition against terrorism mean for the future of strong U.S.-Israel relations?

    Certainly, Muslim and Arab states play an important role in the coalition effort. Their intelligence sharing, geographic proximity,...

  • The Failed Intellectuals

    By Dennis Gura

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Dream Palace of the Arabs:A Generation's Odyssey" by Fouad Ajami (Vintage Books, $14).

    In 1928, the French intellectual Julien Benda wrote his prescient work "The Treason of the Intellectuals," accusing European intellectuals of abandoning their dispassionate faith in the life...

  • Israel Under Siege

    By Henry A. Waxman

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On the news it's easy to find sickening evidence of the terrorist war being waged against Israel; harder to find, but no less real, are other insidious assaults that are growing in number and venom. This week, the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, which convened in...

  • Political Pot Boils Over

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On a cool and drizzly night in this Indian Ocean port city, a vast white tent standing in the middle of a cricket field seemed to fit in with the circus atmosphere of the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, one Jewish observer said.

    This was no regular circus that had come to...

  • Arafat Plays the Religion Card

    By David Landau

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat is making Jerusalem the focus of intensified terror in order to accentuate the religious dimension of the 10-month-old conflict with Israel.

    This was the accusation leveled at Arafat this week by top Israeli government analysts following...

  • Stopped Talks

    By Tom Tugend

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The headlines in the Los Angeles Times track the fever chart of relations between the city's large Jewish and Muslim communities:

    "Arabs, Jews [in L.A.] Hoping Peace Will Blossom" (Jan. 22, 1988).

    "Terrorism in Israel Strains Muslim-Jewish Ties in L.A." (March 25, 1996).


  • Hard Talk

    By Rob Eshman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I have written about Yitzhak Frankenthal before, and I will no doubt write about him again, because the man has the gravitas to say just about whatever he wants about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

    Frankenthal is one of a distinct minority of Israelis and Arabs these days who are...

  • 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...

  • 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.


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