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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • New summit produces nothing new—as usual

    By Mona Eltahawy

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Whenever the Arab League gets together for its biannual meetings, journalists in Cairo—where the pan-Arab body is based—joke that they can write the final communiqué themselves, as they wait for the officials to come out of their meetings and talk to the media. Seven years might...

  • Israel booming but helicopters may be an omen of trouble ahead

    By Jack Weiss

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent morning, as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ratcheted up warnings that Israel was preparing to launch a major operation in the Gaza Strip, I stand on an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lookout a few hundred yards from Gaza, as two dark Apache helicopters swoop down and...
  • Israel’s Arab neighbors may hold key to summit’s success

    By Leslie Susser

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the Annapolis peace parley rapidly approaches, some of the Arab and Muslim players expected to play a key role in creating conditions for a favorable outcome are proving to be more of an obstacle than an asset.

    Egypt, Syria and Turkey have been complicating efforts to hold what...

  • The Well-Blessed Person

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This week's portion, Ki Tavo, is best known for its bikkurim (first fruits) passages, the verses we are commanded to recite when bringing our first fruits to the Kohen at the Temple in Jerusalem (Devarim 26:5-10). You will recognize the text as one of the most frequently quoted...
  • What use were all the wars?

    By Mona Eltahawy

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If turning 40 isn't challenging enough, try preparing for this milestone when you're as old as one of the worst defeats Arab armies ever suffered at Israeli hands. Wars mark time and generations in the Middle East, so it's difficult not to take the humiliation personally.

    My birth at...

  • ‘Hamastan’ in Gaza is a big challenge for Egypt, too

    By Uri Dromi

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The emergence of "Hamastan" in Gaza sent leaders in the Middle East and elsewhere scrambling for an answer: Whose fault is it? Is it reversible? Will the same thing happen in the West Bank? What should and could be done now?

    In this soul-searching process there is plenty of blame...
  • A Pyrrhic victory for Hamas?

    By Gidi Grinstein

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Hamas coup in Gaza last week might seem like a victory for Iran and its followers, who now have a foothold on Israel's doorstep. But if Israel plays its cards wisely, it might turn things around.

    Since the 1979 Israel-Egypt Camp David accords, Israel has been on a quest to end...

  • Why ‘peace camps’ do not make peace

    By Judea Pearl

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, and Israeli society took a hard look at this pivotal turning point in its history.

    Silver-haired generals, retired politicians, journalists and analysts were the week's favorites on Israeli TV programs, as they...
  • Bittersweet legacy of the Six-Day War

    By Leslie Susser

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Universal Newsreel from 1967 recaps the Six-Day War
    Was the Six-Day War a blessing or a curse for Israel's place in the Middle East and its long-term survival?

    Forty years on, the jury is still out.


    In the war's immediate aftermath, it seemed Israel's sweeping victory would...
  • From Darfur to Israel: A Family’s Perilous Exodus

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "We left Sudan, took a boat on the Nile to Aswan and went to Cairo to seek protection at the United Nations office," said Ahmed, sitting in Ketziot, a maximum-security Israeli prison near the Egyptian border.

    Some 150 miles away, sitting in the office of a women's crisis center in...

  • Can Olmert’s goodwill gestures kick-start peace?

    By Leslie Susser

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After the plethora of goodwill gestures Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made in his meeting Saturday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, politicians and pundits on both sides are asking one question: Will it be enough to kick-start the stalled Israeli-Palestinian...
  • For Cryin’ Out Loud

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Upon analyzing Vayigash, one of my bar mitzvah students commented: "Joseph sure cries a lot ... it's kinda weird."

    Well put. In fact, Joseph does not simply cry -- he weeps. A lot! "Aloud [so] that all of Egypt and the house of Paro heard."

    He turns on the waterworks upon revealing...

  • Israel grows impatient with terror-filled Gaza

    By Dan Baron

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's patience with the growing menace from the Gaza Strip appears to be wearing thin.

    Government and military officials spoke openly Sunday of the need to move fast to stop Palestinian terrorists from turning the coastal territory into a "second Lebanon" threatening southern...

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