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  • Egypt captures Israeli journalist infiltrating border

    March 16, 2010 | 3:47 pm

    An Israeli journalist who tried to infiltrate the Egyptian border with illegal migrants was arrested and may be tried in a military court.

    Yotam Feldman, a reporter for Haaretz and several other publications, was working on assignment for Israel’s Channel 10 reporting on African...

  • Europeans: Gilad Shalit transfer to Egypt imminent

    June 25, 2009 | 2:59 pm

    European diplomatic sources said Thursday that kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit will be transferred to Egypt in the coming hours or coming days.

    This information has yet to be confirmed by Israeli officials.

    According to the European sources, Shalit’s transfer is the first stage of an agreement between the various Palestinian factions, assisted by Egyptian mediation and done in coordination with the United States and with the support of Syria. Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Children of the Naksa, Children of Camp David

    By Mona Eltahawy

    March 25, 2009 | 10:46 pm

    I was born at the end of July 1967, which makes me a child of the Naksa, or setback, as the Arab defeat during the June 1967 war with Israel is euphemistically

    known in Arabic. Wars mark time and generations in the Middle East, and so there was no summer of love for us in 1967....

  • Egyptian comedian blames Hamas for recent violence

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 5, 2009 | 12:23 am

    Egypt warned Hamas that sending rockets into Israel would provoke a war. Now Egyptian comedian Adel Imam, no fan of Israel, says that Hamas is getting what it had coming:

    “Hamas ignored our warnings and chose to lead an asymmetrical war,” Imam said. “It’s preferable for Hamas to stop [the rocket attacks]. They should have known that Israel wasn’t going to receive the attacks with roses.”

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  • In the Mideast, Israel is the opium of the people

    December 31, 2008 | 1:57 pm

    "Why aren't you as an Arab lady writing about Gaza?"

    "Where are your columns about Gaza?"

    "Say the Israelis are wrong!"

    The messages started to arrive soon after Israel's bombardment of Gaza killed close to 300 Palestinians. Implicit was the pressure to toe the party line: Hamas is...

  • Gaza campaign shows cautious regional unity

    December 31, 2008 | 1:52 pm

    There are no coincidences in the Middle East. Not between the Israelis and the Palestinians, not between Fatah and Hamas and certainly not between the international community and Israel or the Palestinian Authority.

    What there are, this time around, are startling confluences in...

  • Quality of Life

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    December 31, 2008 | 12:50 am

    It was a very brief meeting, and a seemingly peculiar exchange of words. For the first time, the head of the Israelite household -- Jacob -- meets Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.

    The only thing they shared in common was Joseph.

    To Jacob, Joseph was his son, and to Pharaoh, Joseph was...

  • Analysis: New Hamas Gaza rocket attacks pose dilemma for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 25, 2008 | 11:55 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The renewal of intense Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilian areas has put Israelis in a somber mood during the usually festive week of Chanukah.

    The new fighting erupted Friday -- the day a six-month truce between Hamas and Israel expired and the Islamist...

  • Crossing paths

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    December 18, 2008 | 4:03 am

    A television comedy director on hiatus takes a brief journey to Eastern Europe to look for the birthplaces of her grandparents. While there, she meets a professor documenting the lives of the last remaining shtetl Jews. The professor encourages the director to visit a few of these...
  • Ew! Muslim cleric gets Jew cooties

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 8, 2008 | 1:10 pm

    From Ha’aretz, via Bloggish:

    Several opposition newspapers and lawmakers in Egypt called on the country’s top Islamic cleric to resign Saturday for shaking the Israeli president’s hand at a conference.

    Egyptian media has been running a photo of Grand Sheik Mohammed Seyed...

  • OMG! Cooties! I’m gonna wash that Jew right off of my hands [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 7, 2008 | 8:03 pm

    From Ha’Aretz:

    Several opposition newspapers and lawmakers in Egypt called on the country’s top Islamic cleric to resign Saturday for shaking the Israeli president’s hand at a conference.

    Egyptian media has been running a photo of Grand Sheik Mohammed Seyed Tantawi shaking hands...

  • Israel eyes regional peace push, prepares for U.S. talks with Iran

    By Leslie Susser

    October 23, 2008 | 1:08 am

    With the governments in Washington and Jerusalem set to change, Israeli leaders are reassessing policy in two key areas: Middle East peacemaking and Iran.

    On peacemaking, both President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are coming out strongly in favor of a new regional...

  • All I want for Ramadan is you!

    By Dennis Wilen

    September 1, 2008 | 1:25 am

    First of all, I want to wish a blessed Ramadan to all my Muslim cousins. May your month of fasting and prayer bring you closer to the God we all share.

    In many ways Ramadan sounds like our month of Elul and the High Holy Days, which include fasting, self-examination, charity,...

  • Stop and smell the roses in Pakistan

    August 20, 2008 | 11:58 pm

    As an Egyptian whose country's military dictators are either taken by God or an assassin's bullet, I envy the Pakistani people's ability to now use the term, "former president."

    As former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf contemplates how his friends in the U.S. administration...

  • Ancient seal unearthed in Jerusalem; Leiberman reassures Muslims

    August 20, 2008 | 2:39 am

    A 2,600-year-old clay seal impression was uncovered in Jerusalem's ancient City of David. Bearing the name Gedaliah ben Pashur, the seal impression was uncovered intact recently during archaeological excavations just below the walls of the Old City near the Dung Gate.

    The name...

  • Red-Dead canal idea stirs controversy

    By Dina Kraft

    August 3, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA) – On aerial photographs, the shrinking Dead Sea juts into the surrounding desert landscape like a blue index finger.

    As part of the effort to prevent this finger from becoming a mere smudge on the map by 2050, the World Bank is conducting a $14 million...

  • OPINION: Save the Dead Sea by restoring the Jordan River, not by building a canal to the Red Sea

    August 3, 2008 | 6:24 pm

    TEL AVIV (JTA)—Environmentalists in Israel and the Middle East have a clear vision on how to save the Dead Sea, which has been losing 850 million cubic meters per year thanks to water diversion upstream and mineral extraction at the sea.

    This vision sees fresh water flowing again...

  • Heavy Metal Islam: the book

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 17, 2008 | 7:33 pm

    Come on feel the noise ...

    I’m not sure how their elders would feel about leather pants or ridiculous guitar solos or, Allah forbid, AC/DC and Black Sabbath, but Muslim metalheads aren’t such an oddity in the Middle East, listened to not just by rebels and wanna-bes and the...

  • Israel-Hamas truce begins and Israelis are ready if it fails

    By Roy Eitan

    June 24, 2008 | 8:39 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- While nowhere near coexistence, Israel and Hamas are trying out an accommodation of sorts with an Egyptian-brokered truce in the Gaza Strip.

    The deal came into effect at dawn on June 19 and seemed to be holding until late Monday night, when a Palestinian mortar...

  • Post-Zionism in a diaspora world

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What does it mean to be a Jew in a Post-Zionist world?

    For centuries, for Jews, the notion of living free in Zion was a dream. In Theodor Herzl's famous essay, "The Jewish State," the journalist and playwright transformed the dream of living in a Jewish state into a goal.

    "Next year...

  • Egypt-born Arab-American woman fights Islamic culture of hate

    By Ayala Or-el

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Before Sept. 11, 2001, Nonie Darwish led the quiet life of a suburbanite with three kids, a husband and a dog. She was semi-retired after 13 years as a claims adjuster and was spending her time with her family and remodeling her fairy-tale dream home in the San Fernando Valley. But...
  • The other refugees

    By David Suissa

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm



    Is there a more loaded word in the Arab-Israeli conflict than "refugee"? Is there anything more visceral or emotional than the sight of millions of Palestinians living in miserable refugee camps for three generations?

    If any one thing has symbolized the Palestinian cause and put...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 26-May 2

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    SAT | APRIL 26

    (FILM)
    Winner of the Camera d'Or prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, "Jellyfish" is another example of the remarkable cinematic explosion of Israeli films garnering critical acclaim at international film festivals. Written by Shira Geffen and directed by famed...
  • L.A. Jewish girl joins the African Jewish matzah dance

    By Nili Salem

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    My Pesach preparation, like that of so many Americans, usually involves walking to my local supermarket and loading a cart full of Manischewitz products ... you know, the chocolate-covered jellies, the matzah-pizza sauce and, of course, the kosher cheese that rarely melts. The...
  • Briefs: Some West Bank settlers would agree to leave, Israel OKs Palestinian police stations

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some West Bank Settlers Would Leave If Offered Government Support, Poll Finds

    Approximately one in five Israelis living east of the West Bank security fence would leave if offered government support, a poll found. According to an internal government study, whose results were leaked...

  • Briefs: Governator opens new Saban Free Clinic, Weisenthal Center pressures Swiss on Iran deal

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Free Clinic Named in Honor of Sabans

    The Los Angeles Free Clinic was renamed the Saban Free Clinic this week in honor of Cheryl and Haim Saban, who last month pledged a $10 million gift to the health care facility that treated Cheryl Saban some 25 years ago, when she was a divorced...

  • Israel is still fighting for independence

    By Rep. Elton Gallegly

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    On May 14, Israel will celebrate 60 years of independence. It's never been an easy independence. Israel is surrounded by regional instability and Israelis have needed to regularly fight their neighbors to maintain their independence -- if not their very existence.

    Despite those...

  • Houseguests for Hosni

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

  • Israeli strategists weigh Gaza options

    By Leslie Susser

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The collapse of the border wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt has done much more than break Israel's siege of the Hamas-run strip. It also has opened up new, far-reaching strategic options for Israel while exposing it to grave new dangers.

    Some strategists say Israel should use...

  • Lessons of gratitude

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the course of a lifetime, we encounter any number of friends.

    Some are friends by happenstance -- friends who happen to attend school with us, happen to work where we do or reside near us. When we graduate from school, change careers or relocate, most such friends slowly...

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