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  • The Egypt flip-flop

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 19, 2014 | 1:10 pm

  • Sinai-based militants claim responsibility for bus blast in Egypt; Israel prepared to treat victims

    February 18, 2014 | 9:53 am

    The Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis said on Tuesday the bombing of a tourist bus in Egypt's Sinai that killed two South Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday was a suicide attack carried out by one of its fighters, and threatened more strikes against economic...

  • Egypt charges two ‘Israeli agents,’ two Egyptians with spying

    February 18, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Egypt's public prosecutor charged on Tuesday two men it said were Israeli intelligence agents and two Egyptians with conspiring in Israel's interests, according to a statement from the prosecutor's office.

    "The public prosecutor ordered Ramzy Mohamed, Sahar Ibrahim, Samuel Ben...

  • Arabic voice of Donald Duck fired over anti-Israel tweet

    February 12, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    An Egyptian radio host who calls himself the official voice of Donald Duck on Disney Middle East was fired after sending anti-Israel tweets.

    Wael Mansour tweeted the news of his firing on February 6, six months after his tweet against Israel.

    “Disney decided I am no longer the...

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  • Henry Waxman:
    Governed by tikkun olam

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 5, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

    And so it seems fitting that Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who announced last week...

  • Divine partnership: Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

    January 3, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    “Come to Pharaoh … that you may know I am HaShem” (Exodus 10:1-10:2). 

    The story in this week’s portion is as recognizable as any in the entire Torah. Discussed at the Passover seder, it begins with Moses and the eighth plague of locusts, continues through the plague of darkness...

  • Justice and freedom: Parashat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 18, 2013 | 4:52 pm

    Upon arriving in Egypt, fresh from his encounter with God at the burning bush, Moshe enlists his brother Aharon as well as the elders of Israel to confront Pharaoh. Together, representing the united leadership of the Hebrews, they would demand their freedom, or at very least that...

  • Protesting African migrants sent back to Israeli detention center

    December 17, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Israeli police on Tuesday sent back to custody about 150 African migrants who had abandoned a desert detention center in protest against a new law allowing them to be kept there indefinitely.

    Aided by rights groups, the migrants had travelled to Jerusalem to demonstrate outside...

  • Israel, others urged to join chemical arms treaty

    December 10, 2013 | 9:34 am

    Israel, Egypt and North Korea should renounce chemical weapons, especially after Syria joined the convention banning them and three other nations plan to do so, the chief of an international watchdog said on Tuesday.

    Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning...

  • Encounters with the past: Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

    December 4, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    Why is this book club different from all other book clubs? I know this phrase is out of season, but the strange confluence of holidays this year permits some flexibility. As my Torah study cohorts and I again engage with the page-turner of all page-turners, the Joseph story, I am...

  • Becoming a parent: Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17)

    November 26, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    Joseph, the once-favored child of Jacob, rises up from slave and prisoner to become Pharaoh’s right hand. He assumes responsibility for a far-reaching 14-year business plan to ensure that after seven years of plenty, Egypt would be prepared to endure the seven years of famine. Once...

  • Magical music of the Middle East

    By Rick Schultz

    November 22, 2013 | 4:13 pm

    Almost two years ago, while watching a YouTube video of Mohammed Fairouz’s “Tahrir for Clarinet and Orchestra,” Neal Brostoff, a visiting lecturer in Jewish music history at UCLA, had an idea. The concerto sounded “surprisingly Jewish,” he thought, and not just because the soloist...

  • Egypt ranks last in Arab world’s women’s rights

    November 12, 2013 | 10:54 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Just about every woman in Egypt has experienced some form of sexual harassment. The country also has high rates of violence and genital mutilation, according to a new study on women in the Arab world by the Thomson-Reuters...

  • Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan, WHO says

    November 11, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organisation said.

    Genetic sequencing shows the strain found in Syrian children...

  • No faith, no Jewish future

    By Dennis Prager

    November 6, 2013 | 1:27 pm

    In my last column, I suggested a number of reasons for the rise of Orthodox Judaism and the decline in membership among non-Orthodox denominations. 

    In this column, I would like to discuss one important reason that often goes unnoted.

    That reason is faith — not only faith in...

  • In court, defiant Morsi says he is still Egypt’s president

    November 4, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi, given his first public forum since his overthrow in a trial where he could face execution, declared on Monday he was still Egypt's legitimate president and shouted: "Down with military rule!"

    Morsi, an Islamist who was toppled by the army in...

  • From Nairobi to Pakistan religicide rears its ugly head

    October 10, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    The carnage at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, the homicide bombers massacre of worshipers at an historic church in Peshawar, deposed Muslim Brotherhood loyalists torch scores of Coptic churches in Egypt, a series of vicious attacks against Nigerian Christians and churches...

    Nigeria’s...

  • Grenades fired in Cairo, troops killed near Suez Canal after protesters die

    October 7, 2013 | 9:10 am

    Suspected militants killed six Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal and fired rocket-propelled grenades at a state satellite station in Cairo on Monday, suggesting an Islamist insurgency was gathering pace three months after an army takeover.

    Dozens of supporters of the Muslim...

  • Light-up Nation: What Israel can teach America about medical marijuana

    By Simone Wilson

    October 2, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Just over six years ago, in the lush Upper Galilee of northern Israel, the nation’s first large-scale harvest of legal medical marijuana was flowering on the roof deck of Tzahi Cohen’s parents’ house, perched on a cliff overlooking the bright-green farming village of Birya. Until...

  • Yom Kippur War: Two views

    September 11, 2013 | 3:23 pm

    Against the odds

    by Abraham Rabinovich

    Of the all surprises on Yom Kippur 40 years ago, the most difficult for Israel to come to grips with was the least tangible.

    The simultaneous attacks by Egypt and Syria were the basic surprise, catching Israel with the bulk of its army...

  • Yom Kippur War: 40 years later

    By Uri Dromi

    September 11, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    A week before Yom Kippur 1973, I moved from Hazerim air force base to Jerusalem to study history at Hebrew University. Yet it was life, not university, which actually taught me a history lesson.

    Early in the morning of Yom Kippur, I woke up amid the half-opened boxes to the...

  • Muslims, stop blaming Israel

    September 11, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    Whenever calamities befall Muslim-majority nations, there is always a country to blame: Israel. Is there a revolution against a tyrant? Zionists are responsible. Who else could be at fault if there is a clash between Sunni and Shia groups? The Jews. Did a bomb explode on the other...

  • El Al cancels Eilat flights over safety concerns

    September 11, 2013 | 9:57 am

    El Al Airlines halted flights to the southern resort city of Eilat, after questioning the safety of new flight paths.

    El Al made the announcement that it would cancel its three daily daytime flights from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to Eilat on Tuesday, after new landing and...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • 5773 in Israel: Conclusion? Transition!

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 3, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    Nothing truly ends with Rosh Hashanah except for the arbitrary calendar of the Jewish year. It is a cycle that is in our minds, with no detectable bearing on reality. Proof No. 1: I’m writing this column even as events in Syria are still unfolding. The Syrian war will not end...

  • Daniel Pearl Fellows: Reshaping hate

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    On the evening of Aug. 22, I had a public conversation with three Muslim journalists, two from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh, at the Los Angeles Press Club. All three were in the United States as Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows, a program to introduce Muslim journalists to...

  • The Israeli Embassy’s ‘sort of terrifying’ — and pro-partition? — map

    August 28, 2013 | 11:15 am

    Those of us with friends who post too much about the Middle East on Facebook have doubtless seen — or at least scrolled past — a confusing chart created by Egyptian blogger The Big Pharaoh, which attempts to depict the region’s conflicts and alliances.

    For example,  Israel...

  • The Nile River

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 23, 2013 | 11:30 am

  • Egypt’s bruised Brotherhood fails to show street power

    August 23, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Mass protests called by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood mostly failed to materialize on Friday as the movement reels from a bloody army crackdown on followers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
     
    Troops and police had taken relatively low-key security measures before the "Friday of...
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