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  • 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...

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  • 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...
  • Egyptian court orders Mubarak’s release

    August 21, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

    Mubarak will then be put under house arrest, the prime minister's...

  • Erdogan angers U.S., Israel, Egypt with Morsi defense

    August 20, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan angered Ankara's U.S. ally, as well as regional leaders in Egypt and Israel, by accusing Israel on Tuesday of helping overthrow Cairo's Islamist president.

    The White House called the remarks "offensive".

    Erdogan, who has become one of...

  • UPDATE: White House says U.S. has not cut off aid to Egypt

    August 20, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Media reports that suggest the United States has cut off aid to Egypt are not accurate, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday, adding that the Obama administration is still reviewing its options.

    "That review has not concluded and ... published reports to the contrary that...

  • For African migrants in Israel, a life in legal limbo

    August 20, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Hanging by his feet in a torture cell in the Sinai Desert, Dawit Demoz knew he had only one way to escape a nearly certain death: He would have to make good on his captors’ demand of a $3,500 ransom to buy his freedom.

    Demoz, 23, tells a harrowing tale of escaping mandatory...

  • Egyptian Jews: We support military’s fight against ‘terrorism’

    August 20, 2013 | 10:57 am

    When Magda Haroun was out on the streets during the unrest now rocking Egypt’s capital, she saw someone standing over the body of a dead soldier.

    “Not even a Jew would do this,” she heard him say.

    Haroun, the president of the Egyptian Jewish community, doesn’t enjoy hearing...

  • Prime Minister’s accusations rebuild Israeli-Turkish tension

    August 20, 2013 | 10:14 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he can prove that Israel is responsible for the recent overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the subsequent assumption of power by the military.   

    ...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan claims Israel responsible for Egypt coup

    August 20, 2013 | 8:38 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Israel was behind last month’s military coup in Egypt.

    Erdogan told a meeting of the provincial chairs of his ruling Justice and Development, or AKP, party that he has evidence that Israel was involved in the July 3 overthrow of...

  • Israel lobbying U.S., EU to support Egypt’s military government

    August 19, 2013 | 7:59 am

    The Israeli government is pressing its efforts to convince the United States and the European Union to support the military-backed government in Egypt.

    The New York Times reported late Sunday that Israeli ambassadors in Washington and the European capitals will lobby foreign...

  • Israel lobbying U.S., EU to support Egypt’s military government

    August 19, 2013 | 7:28 am

    The Israeli government is pressing its efforts to convince the United States and the European Union to support the military-backed government in Egypt.

    The New York Times reported late Sunday that Israeli ambassadors in Washington and the European capitals will lobby foreign...

  • Dozens die in Egyptian bloodbath on Islamists’ ‘Day of Rage’

    August 16, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    Islamist protests descended into a bloodbath across Egypt on Friday, with around 50 killed in Cairo alone on a "Day of Rage" called by followers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi to denounce a crackdown by the army-backed government.

    As automatic gunfire echoed across Cairo, the...

  • Protesters storm Cairo building after bloodbath, U.S. to review Egypt aid

    August 15, 2013 | 3:21 pm

    Supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood stormed and torched a government building in Cairo on Thursday, while families tried to identify hundreds of mutilated bodies piled in a Cairo mosque a day after they were shot dead by the security forces.

    Egypt's health ministry says 623...

  • Egypt’s Brotherhood loses grip as anger boils

    August 15, 2013 | 10:32 am

    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and its allies suffered a heavy blow from the state security crackdown, their central coordination has been lost and the bloodshed means anger is now "beyond control," the group said on Thursday.

    The comments by spokesman Gehad El-Haddad pointed to the...

  • Producer of anti-Muslim film released from L.A. prison

    August 15, 2013 | 9:30 am

    The producer of the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which sparked violence in the Middle East and elsewhere, was released from a Los Angeles prison.

    Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, of Los Angeles, was released to a halfway house to serve the remaining weeks of his prison term....

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