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  • Iranian Colored Band Report Discredited

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When the renowned exiled Iranian journalist Amir Taheri reported in a Canadian newspaper last week that Iran had just passed a law requiring Jews to wear yellow bands on their clothing, the world reacted with shock. The story, which also outlined required colored bands for Christians...

  • Q & A With Bahar Soomekh

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Persian Jewish actress Bahar Soomekh earned some serious attention last year when she played a young Iranian in "Crash," the Academy Award winner for best picture. She's now appearing in an even bigger role -- playing alongside Tom Cruise in the thriller, "M:I:III." On the eve of the...

  • Letters

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mixed on March

    The article in this week's Journal about Poland and the March of the Living was accurate, on target and, quite frankly, overdue ("March of the Living Dead?" April 21).

    For quite some time now I have been troubled by the misguided attempts of some in the Jewish...

  • Iranian Muslims Can’t Forget Shoah

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the Iranian Jews of Los Angeles, remembering the Shoah has taken on a new, sorrowful resonance in the wake of recent statements denying the Holocaust by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At the same time, this year's observance will be buoyed by the presence of Iranian...

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  • Tehran Jews Talk of Future in Iran

    By Lev Krichevsky

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A 15-member women's amateur folk dance group composed of Jews from Iran performed in Russia this month and, perhaps most notably, they insisted that there is a Jewish future in Iran.

    The trip was a rare group visit abroad by Iranian Jews, who live in an Islamic community whose...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scholar, Not Rabbi, to Head Conservative Seminary

    With Conservative Judaism at a crossroads, the movement's flagship institution has chosen a scholar of American Jewry to guide it. The new leader of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), announced this week, is Arnold Eisen, a Jewish...

  • Critics Pound Paper Panning Israel Lobby

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Two weeks after two prominent political science professors published a paper that they promised would expose the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, the collective reaction so far suggests they get a "D" for impact.

    "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," by John...

  • Community Briefs

    By Melissa Maroff

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Westly Wants Pension Funds to Snub Iran

    California State Controller Steve Westly called on the state's two largest pensions to check whether they have holdings in companies that would be subject to Iran-related sanctions.

    "As fiduciaries protecting our retirees' benefits, we must...

  • Reading Venezuela’s Enigmatic President

    By Julie Drucker

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "There is no anti-Semitism in Venezuela, we don't know what that is," declared Bernardo Alvarez, the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, in his recent two-day trip to Los Angeles to discuss his country's Bolivarian Revolution and the changing political landscape of Latin...

  • Would Iranian Nukes Only Kill Jews?

    By Jack Wheeler

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Will Iran's nukes only kill Jews?

    That's the question Palestinians should be asking themselves. Because the answer is no.

    There is no way to make a nuclear bomb that just kills Jews. There is no way to "wipe Israel off the map," as Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sworn to do...

  • First Person - Granny and Sharansky

    By Nell Scovell

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When my friends Cami and Howard Gordon invited me to an informal dinner with guest speaker Natan Sharansky at their Pacific

    Palisades home, my first thought was, "Oh, good, I get to see their new house."

    It just seemed slightly more interesting than Sharansky's topic: the Caravan...

  • Old-Fashioned Solution to Iran Problem

    By Saul Singer

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    John McCain, Republican senator from Arizona and presidential hopeful, is absolutely right about the gravity of the threat from a nuclear Iran.

    But does anyone notice something strange?

    McCain strongly backed President Bush in toppling Saddam Hussein and is an unabashed hawk in...

  • Franklin Sentencing Seen As Ominous

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It was surprising enough that the judge quadrupled the prosecution's recommended sentence for Lawrence Franklin, from three years to more than 12.

    But the true bombshell at the sentencing on Jan. 20 of the former Pentagon analyst, who is at the center of the case involving...

  • My Gift List

    By Rob Eshman

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My wife and I don't make a big deal out of Chanukah presents. Our family tradition stops far short of indulging in the orgy of getting and spending that overtakes America every holiday, I mean, Christmas, season.

    One look around our house reminds us that neither our closets nor...

  • To Bomb or Not to Bomb Iran?

    By Leslie Susser

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The extreme Islamist president of Iran has lobbed all sorts of verbal bombshells at Jews and Israel in recent weeks: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly reiterated his desire to wipe Israel off the map, and he implied that the Holocaust is a myth.

    All of this was bad enough, but...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Jews React to Williams' Execution

    Rabbi Steven Jacobs was home late Monday night watching TV coverage of the execution of Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, and he was glad he wasn't at the loud candlelight vigil outside San Quentin State Prison.

    "The sideshows on both...

  • U.S. Must Act on Iran Nuclear Threat

    By Rep. Brad Sherman

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Outrageous statements by Iran's president calling for Israel's destruction put Iran back on the front page for a few days in October. Such belicose rhetoric should surprise no one; the destruction of Israel has been Iranian state policy since the 1979 revolution.

    What should be...

  • Ancient Texts Could Unlock Persian Past

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It took Iranian Jews in the United States nearly three decades in exile from the land their ancestors called home for 2,700 years to appreciate the rich history and culture preserved in their literature.

    Considered one of the oldest but least- studied Jewish writings in the world,...

  • Iranian President’s Call Helps Israel

    By Dan Baron

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Israel often comes under international criticism for its counterterrorist and settlement-building policies. But comments by Iran's president calling for Israel's destruction have elicited international sympathy for the Jewish state.

    In itself, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's televised late...

  • Summit Tackles Iran Nukes, College Strife

    By Tom Tugend

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    More than 1,000 pro-Israel activists from across the United States will meet in Los Angeles for the Oct. 30-31 National Summit on Foreign Policy and Politics of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    They will join former President Bill Clinton, Los Angeles...

  • Q & A With Bruce Feiler

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion" by Bruce Feiler (William Morrow, $26.95).

    With daily reports of suicide bombings in Iraq, never-ending violence between Israelis and Palestinians and Iran's nuclear threat, it can be hard to imagine the Middle East as...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Reacts After Gaza Attacks

    Just weeks after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, fighting with the Palestinians resumed with sound and fury -- and, some feared, the potential to evolve into a full-blown border war. Israeli forces answered Hamas rocket salvoes from Gaza with...

  • A Historic Event

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was a remarkable sight: the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan sitting on a New York dais alongside leaders of the American Jewish community and Israel's ambassador to the United Nations -- while eating a kosher dinner beneath a blue-and-white banner reading: "Council...

  • Getting Out Before Katrina Still Painful

    By Julie G Fax

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard for Gideon Daneshrad to imagine himself on the receiving end of tzedakah (charitable giving). In the 30 years since he arrived from Iran to study computer science at North Louisiana University in Monroe, Daneshrad, 56, has built himself a full life -- with four children, a...

  • Iran’s New Export—Suicide Bombers

    By Nooredin Abedian

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Behind the horrible scenes left by four explosions in London on July 7, loomed a more fearsome reality: The perpetrators, most of them very young, had voluntarily turned themselves into living bombs. Europe experienced its first suicide bombings. More horrible yet, was that not even...

  • U.S. Mistakes Worsen Iran Situation

    By H. David Nahai

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The recent runoff election in Iran catapulted the ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, onto the international stage and set off a blaze of speculation. But while the face of the presidency may have changed, the soul of the regime has not.

    From the vantage point...

  • Iranian Jewish Spiritual Icon Dies

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hacham Yedidia Shofet, a spiritual icon for Persian Jews both in Iran and the United States died last week at 96 in Los Angeles.

    In Iran, Shofet served both as a religious leader and as the liaison representing Iran's Jewish community before the Shah's government. Shofet joined the...

  • Fired AIPAC Official Foresees Indictment

    By Edwin Black

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Steve Rosen, recently terminated as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) policy director in the wake of an FBI investigation, expects to be indicted as soon as June, according to sources who know the case.

    Rosen has suggested to sources that if he were indicted,...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Sharansky Quits Cabinet

    Forever the rebel with a cause, Soviet-refusenik-turned-democracy-proponent Natan Sharansky has left the Israeli government rather than take part in the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

    Sharansky tendered his resignation as Diaspora affairs minister...

  • AIPAC Packs Punch Despite Fed Probe

    By Howard Blume

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    It was a balmy spring evening, and the Jewish elite of Los Angeles had gathered in Beverly Hills to hear two U.S. senators provide a top-level briefing on Israel and the Middle East. The dinner at the Beverly Hilton was hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee...

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