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  • An Egyptian-American view on Israel

    5 days ago

    As the commencement speaker for Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) graduating class on Aug. 13, I invited my classmates to take a moment to reflect about the beginning of their adventure in Israel. Did they remember receiving their acceptance letter? When they did, they were probably...

  • Islamic State detonates car bomb in Cairo

    2 weeks ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The Islamic State took responsibility Thursday for a car bomb outside a government building in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, injuring a number of police officers and highlighting the country’s ongoing security problems. The attack...

  • Kerry heads for Egypt and the Gulf to discuss Iran deal, ISIS

    July 27, 2015 | 4:26 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt and the Gulf next week for talks on the recent nuclear deal between major powers and Iran and the fight against Islamic State militants, then he will head to Southeast Asia, where countries share U.S. concerns about China's...

  • Islamic State says it launched rocket attack on Egypt navy vessel

    July 16, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Egypt's Islamic State affiliate said on Thursday it fired a rocket at an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip.

    The militant group Sinai Province has focused mainly on attacking Egyptian soldiers and police in the Sinai...

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  • Hamas still firmly in control of Gaza

    July 8, 2015 | 10:16 am

    This story orginally appeared on The Media Line.

    One year after the heavy fighting between the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip and Israel, Hamas remains firmly in control of Gaza and reconstruction of the 12,000 uninhabitable homes in Gaza has barely begun. Senior...

  • Israel says Islamic State’s Sinai assault aimed to help Hamas get arms

    July 7, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Israel accused Hamas on Tuesday of supporting last week's assaults by Islamic State affiliates on Egyptian forces in the Sinai in hope of freeing up arms smuggling to the Gaza Strip.

    The remarks followed Israeli allegations that Hamas members provided training and medical...

  • Israel OKs larger Egyptian force to fight jihadis

    July 2, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    Israel has reportedly given Egypt the green light to use advanced military force against Islamic militants in the Sinai and has closed a southern Israeli highway as a precaution.

    Militants in the Sinai Peninsula affiliated with the Islamic State mounted coordinated attacks on...

  • Islamic State attack in Egypt's North Sinai kills at least 70

    July 1, 2015 | 8:05 am

    UPDATED 10:11am/PST: Initial reports said 50 dead in attacks

    Islamic State insurgents attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in a co-ordinated assault in which at least 70 combatants and civilians were killed -- one of the biggest militant...

  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    June 30, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

    The video statement, issued from...

  • Entering the Promised Land:  The Blessing and Curse of Memory.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 25, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    You arrive at my office with your fiancé.  You have never traveled together.  You sit on a sofa and I turn off the lights.  The projector shows the two of you dining in Paris, climbing Everest, crossing the Nile, zip-lining in Africa, paragliding in Australia.  As you walk out,...

  • Egypt court hands Morsi death sentence in blow to Muslim Brotherhood

    June 16, 2015 | 8:50 am

    An Egyptian court sentenced deposed President Mohamed Morsi to death on Tuesday over a mass jail break during the country's 2011 uprising and issued sweeping punishments against the leadership of Egypt's oldest Islamic group.

    The general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed...

  • France’s Orange plans to end brand licensing deal in Israel

    June 4, 2015 | 9:11 am

    Israel protested to France on Thursday after the head of partly state-owned French telecom giant Orange said it intended to end a brand licensing deal with an Israeli firm, drawing accusations it was bending to a pro-Palestinian boycott movement.

    Commenting on remarks in Cairo on...

  • Black, white and nameless: Parashat Beha’alotecha (Numbers 8:1-12:16)

    June 3, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    And Miriam spoke, and Aaron, against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married: For he had married a Cushite woman” (Numbers 12:1).

    Of the one woman, we know much; of the other, we know very little. 

    Of Miriam, the prophetess, we are familiar with her deeds in...

  • Israeli air force chief unfazed Egypt may get Russia’s S-300

    May 27, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    The chief of Israel's air force on Wednesday played down worries voiced by some fellow officials about the possibility of Egypt acquiring advanced Russian-made air defenses.

    The Russian news agency TASS said in March Egypt would receive the Antey-2500 missile system, an S-300...

  • Egypt intensifies crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

    May 27, 2015 | 9:10 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    If carried out, the recent death sentence of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi could spark widespread disturbances in Egypt. The court is expected to confirm the sentences of more than 120 Muslim Brotherhood leaders...

  • From Egypt to Sinai in 49 Days

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 26, 2015 | 9:12 am

    In Jewish tradition, we count 49 days – seven weeks of seven days – between Pesach (Passover), when we remember what it was like for us to be slaves in Egypt, and Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving the wisdom of Torah at Mount Sinai.

    This year, as usual, I took a day off of...

  • Beyond Shylock: How Jews are portrayed in Egyptian cinema

    May 13, 2015 | 10:31 am

    Images of a seductive Jewish belly dancer move across the screen. After spending her evening entertaining rich tribal sheiks, Sarah returns home to her father, who complains she didn’t bring home enough money.

    “Did the blood of your people escape from your veins?”

    “I spent the...

  • Israel says Egypt buying advanced Russian air defence system

    May 13, 2015 | 9:32 am

    A senior Israeli intelligence official who tracks the regional arms balance said on Wednesday that Egypt was buying Russia's advanced S-300 air defence system, a deal reported in Russian media but not confirmed by Cairo.

    Asked about the Israeli remarks, an Egyptian official...

  • Free press in Egypt under attack

    May 6, 2015 | 9:24 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    It’s dangerous to be a journalist in Egypt these days, according to several human rights groups. In a statement this week to mark World Freedom Day, Amnesty International said there are at least 18 journalists who have been...

  • Maybe Obama knows what he’s doing

    By Rob Eshman

    April 8, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    At our seder this year, one guest, an Israeli of Iraqi origin, told me her family has a very different way of recounting the Ten Plagues God sent to Egypt.

    Instead of spilling a little wine at the mention of each plague — blood, boils, hail, frogs, the likeher father would...

  • The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 3, 2015 | 8:04 am

    If I asked you to name the greatest love story ever told, you would likely mention Wuthering Heights, Anna Karenina, even Romeo and Juliet.  But, no!

    Those pale in comparison to ours.  A good story needs a damsel in distress, a knight in shining armor, and a theatrical ride into...

  • At seder, don’t bite the hand that serves

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 2, 2015 | 3:47 pm

    At your seder, you just might be the Egyptian.

    Consider what it means to be an Israelite and an Egyptian in the Passover story. The Israelites have no power and are at the whim of those they serve. And what about the Egyptians? They have all the power, but their morality is...

  • On Pesach, to resort or not to resort?

    By Jared Sichel

    April 2, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    God miraculously rescued the Jews from Egypt — so the old joke goes — only to see Jewish mothers slave around the house cleaning and cooking in preparation for eight days of Passover.

    Or not. 

    At least not anymore, not for the many Jewish families who can afford to have someone...

  • Pharoah said ‘no.’ You won’t believe what God did next.

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 2, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    Once, at our seder, our friend Ira gave a running commentary on the haggadah, offering a scientific explanation for every miracle and wonder in the Exodus story.    

    The parting of the Reed Sea was a meteorological event. The burning bush was a glowing carbonized acacia bramble...

  • Passover: Four Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 2, 2015 | 7:27 am

    In this modern, complex, noisy world, all of us are slaves to destructive habits, toxic thoughts, and unkind and frightening influences.  How do we break free?

    The Seder is a tale of spiritual journey- the story of going from spiritual slavery to spiritual freedom, from darkness...

  • American Jewish former diplomat speaks in Cairo

    February 18, 2015 | 3:07 pm

    Daniel Kurtzer, the former diplomat, continues to be soft-spoken, and his outlook envisions opportunities for conflict resolution. But his assessment for future prospects for a Mideast peace settlement concentrate on Washington’s failure to hold Israel accountable for actions he...

  • European Jews, Iranian Jews and Exodus.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 28, 2015 | 11:26 am

    In the darkness of escalating anti-Semitism, so much has been written on why European Jews should leave.

    There is comfort in the familiar, even when abusive, even when painful.  It’s nearly impossible to understand the lure of wishing to stay oppressed.

    Yet, Exodus is the story...

  • Japanese PM calls ISIS ransom threat ‘unacceptable act of terrorism’

    January 20, 2015 | 8:39 am

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Jerusalem called on the Islamic State to release two Japanese hostages immediately and said the demand for a $200 million ransom is “an unacceptable act of terrorism.”

    “Japan will cooperate with the international community and further...

  • Osem vs. Heinz, the “new WhatsApp,” Egypt gas deal and more…This week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 19, 2015 | 8:40 am


    Elbit wins $117 million deal with Israel’s Ministry of Defense

    Elbit Systems Ltd. has won Israeli Ministry of Defense contracts worth a total of approximately $117 million, for the supply of Command, Control, Computer, Communications and Intelligence (C4I) systems and...

  • Arab countries ban release of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

    December 29, 2014 | 8:32 am

    Several Arab countries banned the release of the film “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

    Egypt on Friday barred what its culture minister called a “Zionist film.”

    “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies, and that’s why we have decided to ban it,” Gaber...

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