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  • Passover in Seoul

    1 week ago

    "We were all slaves in Egypt once," goes the yearly Passover refrain. This year I recited it less than 40 miles from a country that imprisons its own people in concentration camps.

    I am in Seoul on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project to cover religion in South...

  • Next Year in Jerusalem.  Say it.  Mean it.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    My patient, a man in his late twenties, is morbidly obese.  He cries most visits.  Twenty years ago, he was separated from his twin brother and in the great escape from Iran, he survived, but his brother was killed.  He has had the desire to die.  He eats to soothe his survivor’s...

  • Exodus and The Very Last IEP

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    3 weeks ago

    Like many parents of children who have special needs, we spent those first few years after the initial diagnosis running around to every specialist in town, open and eager to try every possible treatment. And once our son, Danny, entered the public school special education system...

  • U.S. reviewing Sinai peacekeeper mission, looks at automating jobs

    3 weeks ago

    The U.S. military said on Tuesday it has formally notified Egypt and Israel that it is reviewing multinational peacekeeping operations in the insurgency-wracked Sinai, including ways to use technology to do the job of some U.S. troops there.

    U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on...

  • Israel promised acess to Straits of Tiran after Saudi-Egypt deal, says defense chief

    3 weeks ago

    Israel was guaranteed in writing free passage through the Straits of Tiran after Saudi Arabia’s planned takeover of two strategic Red Sea islands, Israel’s defense minister told reporters Tuesday.

    Egypt agreed to hand over the islands, which it has controlled for more than 60...

  • Israel reportedly to raise Egypt border fence to block African migrants

    March 15, 2016 | 1:56 pm

    Israel reportedly plans to increase the height of its fence on the Egyptian border in an effort to keep out African migrants.

    Defense officials said Tuesday the fence will be raised by 20 feet in response to an uptick in the numbers of Africans making it over, some using ladders,...

  • Egypt sees Israel’s (non-existent) hand behind troubling dam

    March 4, 2016 | 2:49 pm

    A vote by Egypt’s parliament to oust a maverick media mogul because he hosted the Israeli ambassador at his home in late February laid bare the limitations of the Cairo-Jerusalem alliance and served as the second notice this week that President Abel Fatah el Sisi and his...

  • Be True To Your Past.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 24, 2016 | 4:18 pm

    From 1979, the beginning of the Iranian revolution, until 1988, I spent most nights sleeping on the floor, bed-less.  With limited resources, I gave priority to other family members, over myself.

    Friends ask why I tell such stories that can belittle me in public.  I like to write...

  • BREAKING: Gunmen open fire at Egyptian hotel, wounding foreign tourists

    January 8, 2016 | 11:26 am

    Gunmen opened fire at the entrance of a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Hurghada on Friday, wounding two foreign tourists, security sources said.

    The assailants had arrived by sea to launch the assault, the sources said.

    The Islamic State militant group said on...

  • Gunmen fire at Israeli tourists in Cairo, no casualties

    January 7, 2016 | 10:24 am

    Gunmen opened fire on Israeli tourists as they boarded a bus in Cairo on Thursday but there were no casualties, security sources said, while the Interior Ministry said the attack was directed at security forces.

    [UPDATE / JAN. 8, 2016: ISIS says attack was response to leader’s...

  • Israel finishes prisoner swap with Egypt for accused Bedouin-Israeli spy

    December 14, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    Israel released four Egyptian prisoners jailed for drug trafficking, bringing to six the number of Egyptians freed in exchange for a suspected spy who was returned to Israel.

    The latest four were released on Monday, following the two other prisoners set free on Thursday — the...

  • Egypt frees Israeli held for spying in prisoner swap

    December 10, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Egypt has freed an Israeli-Arab held in its jails for 15 years on espionage charges in exchange for the release of two Egyptians held in Israel, Egyptian and Israeli officials said on Thursday.

    Uda Tarrabin, originally from a tribe in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on the border...

  • Russia suspends Egypt flights as Western intelligence backs bomb theory

    November 6, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Russia suspended all passenger flights to Egypt on Friday after a deadly plane crash at the weekend as Western officials said intelligence "chatter" supported the theory that the jet was brought down by a bomb. 

    Putin's decision was a response to the crash of an Airbus A321...

  • Jewish group mourns staffer killed in Russian airplane crash

    November 2, 2015 | 9:37 am

    The Jewish student organization Hillel Russia mourned a former program director who died aboard a Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt.

    Anna Tishinskaya, 27, was en route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg aboard a charter flight operated by the Russian Kogalymavia airline...

  • Russian airline: ‘External force’ brought down plane in Sinai

    November 2, 2015 | 8:19 am

    The Russian airplane that crashed in the Sinai was brought down by an “external force,” according to the airline.

    Alexander Smirnov, the deputy general director of Kogalymavia airline, also known as Metrojet, told reporters on Monday in Russia that there were no technical...

  • Elections in Egypt could begin transition to democracy

    October 19, 2015 | 10:03 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Egyptians have gone to the polls in a vote which could show whether the country’s is able to transition towards democracy. Three years after a court disbanded parliament, the north African state will finally elect lawmakers who...

  • Massive gas field discovered in Mediterranean off Egypt’s coast

    August 31, 2015 | 12:11 pm

    An Italian energy group said it discovered the largest known natural gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast.

    The Zohr field could hold 30 trillion cubic feet of gas and covers an area of about 100 square kilometers, or 38.6 square miles, the Eni firm announced...

  • An Egyptian-American view on Israel

    August 26, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    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

    August 20, 2015 | 10:22 am

    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...

  • 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...

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