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  • Iran Nuclear Cooperation Must Be Pushed

    By Nooredin Abedian

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has given the Islamic republic of Iran a firm warning to cooperate on its nuclear issue or face trouble. After running a nuclear program in secret for 20 years, Iran has been put under the spotlight.

    Last month, a...

  • Israel Backs Tough U.N. Line on Iran

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    These days, it's unusual to get the United States and Britain to agree with France and Germany on any Middle East-related U.N. resolution.

    When Israel also is on board, it's downright extraordinary.

    Israeli officials are elated at the tough language in a resolution passed last week...

  • Community Briefs

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Iranian Jewish Leader Criticizes Katzav Comments

    A report that Israel's President Moshe Katsav chided Iranian Jews for settling in Los Angeles rather than in Israel has been criticized by a leader of the local Iranian Jewish community.

    The Jerusalem Post reported last week that...

  • Community Briefs

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Center Launches Appeal on 12 Jews Missing in Iran

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center is asking concerned people around the world to join in a Passover appeal for 12 Jews missing in Iran, some up to 10 years.

    Eleven of the men, ranging in age from 15 to 57 at the time of their...

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  • Jews Aid in Quake Despite Iran Rebuff

    By Rachel Pomerance

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Beggars apparently can be choosers -- or so the Iranian government seems to believe.

    The Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iran, which is struggling to recover from the Dec. 26 earthquake that killed at least 20,000 people and damaged an entire region, has announced that it will not...

  • Drive Opens to Free 11 Jews Held in Iran

    By Tom Tugend

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Babak Tehrani was 17 years old in June 1994 when he hugged his parents and two younger brothers, left his home in Tehran and, guided by a well-paid smuggler, tried to slip across the rugged mountains from Iran into Pakistan.

    He was joined by his friend, 20-year-old Shaheen Nikkhoo,...

  • Bush Expands Mideast Agenda

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the death toll mounting in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian "road map" plan in tatters, the Bush administration and Congress want to put out other Middle East fires before they get out of control.

    Administration officials and lawmakers recently launched initiatives to sanction...

  • World Briefs

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution

    The United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have demanded Israel not "remove" Yasser Arafat. The United States vetoed the resolution Tuesday at the 15-member council in New York because it does not explicitly condemn...

  • Oslo Timeline

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The following is a timeline of the most significant developments since the Oslo accords were signed 10 years ago this month.

    • On Sept. 13, 1993 -- After 18 months of secret meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Oslo, Norway, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO...

  • Terrorism Link in Davis Recall

    By Debbie Schlussel

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm a proud conservative Republican from Michigan, but I'm appealing to Californians of all political stripes not to support the recall of Gov. Gray Davis.

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) -- funder of the recall effort and the only announced candidate to replace Davis -- might be the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    California Tries To Help Survivors

    State Treasurer Phil Angelides has called on 170 of California's largest financial institutions to waive wire transfer fees charged Holocaust survivors and their families for restitution payments from abroad. During a news conference at Bet...

  • Local Iranians Avoid Spotlight as Protests Sweep Homeland

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As student protests against the Iranian regime swept the streets of Tehran and other cities in the country, the large Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles followed developments with fervent interest, while keeping a low public profile.

    Actively cheering on the protestors is Rep....

  • Star of the Canyon

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Canyon Country Store -- the star-studded grocery featured in the older woman/younger man film "Laurel Canyon," starring Frances McDormand -- is actually run by two Persian Jews.

    Owner David Shamsa and manager Tommy Bina have tried to maintain the store's authenticity.

    Shamsa,...

  • Iraq’s Defeat Raises Fears of Iran Threat

    By Leslie Susser

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the face of it, the U.S. military victory in Iraq has significantly enhanced Israel's national security, removing a threat from weapons of mass destruction and opening new chances for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

    However, there is a downside: Israeli leaders are...

  • Baklava and Bombs

    By F.M. Black

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sami Michael, an Iraqi-born novelist who writes about the clash of Arab and Jewish cultures, knows what it's like to be a part of a beleaguered minority. In Iraq, he was always labeled a Jew; in Israel, he is still known as a Jewish writer from an Arab country. The irony is hardly...

  • Persian Jews Divided on War

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I am all for this war, all humanity should be for it," said Ramin Shookhtim, a Persian Jew who left Iran in 1987 to study in the United States.

    "Although there is no single solution against terrorism and terrorism will always be there, I think this war would help the fight...

  • Iran: The Other Big Middle East Danger

    By Rep. Brad Sherman

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Over the past several months, the world has rightly focused attention on disarming Saddam's Iraq. Thanks to American leadership, the danger that Saddam's regime poses to the Middle East and to much of the world is again being addressed -- this time, we can only hope, decisively. But...

  • Persian Jews Protest Recent INS Tactics

    By Tom Tugend

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Members of the Persian Jewish community in Los Angeles are accusing the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service of mistreatment during a federally mandated registration of certain groups of immigrants.

    "We know of some Iranian-born Jews who are being held under subhuman...

  • Ninth Circuit Misses on Iran

    By Nathan D. Wirtschafter

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I once appeared in court to ask that three additional defendants be held liable on a judgment.

    The judge was skeptical -- until I showed him that the additional defendants had forged both a set of articles of incorporation and a doctor's business license.

    The judge looked at the...

  • Five Iranian Jews Remain Jailed

    By Michael J. Jordan

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Three Iranian Jews imprisoned on charges of spying for Israel have been released, but the last five remain in jail, contrary to earlier reports.

    Sources close to the issue said Monday that Iranian authorities had granted the last five an indefinite furlough. On Wednesday, however,...

  • Rags to Riches: An Immigrant’s Tale

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In 1973, when then-33-year-old Jimmy Delshad was sitting in Sinai Temple, he asked his father-in-law, "Who's that man sitting next to the rabbi on the bimah?"

    "That's the president of the synagogue," his father-in-law replied. "But don't worry. That will never happen to you."

    How...

  • Your Letters

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Nobody Likes Saddam

    You have posed a question, "So do you think America should go to war with Iraq?" ("Nobody Likes Saddam," Sept. 27). My answer is yes. I understand the cost of going to war, human and financial. I was born in the former Soviet Union. But, in times as these, when...

  • Thinking Twice About War

    By J.J. Goldberg

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On a single day during Passover 1986, most of Israel's major dailies ran oddly identical front-page stories describing a secret negotiation, recently collapsed, between Israel and Iraq. Iraq, it was said, had approached Israeli representatives in New York, asking that Jerusalem...

  • Battle of the Iranians

    By Tom Tugend

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After an evening of social drinking and dancing at a well-publicized Persian Night at the Goodbar nightclub in West Hollywood, some 20 young Iranian Muslims followed two young Iranian Jews into the street and, amidst shouts of "F--k the Jews, Kill the Jews," attacked the two.

    The...

  • Once More, With Feeling

    By Rob Eshman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While we Americans debate the cost and benefit of a war with Iraq, we American Jews must not kid ourselves: the second front in America's war against Iraq will be Tel Aviv, not Tarzana.

    It is true that Americans will probably die in any confrontation, and that terrorists inspired or...

  • Hopes Dashed for Release of ‘Iran 8’

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Another Jewish New Year has come and gone, and eight Iranian Jewish prisoners remain locked up in Iran on charges they spied for Israel.

    Some observers had tracked rumors last week that the Islamic regime, with its membership in President Bush's "axis of evil," might be rethinking...

  • Your Letters

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Republican Jews

    We were very disturbed to read Joel Kotkin's article ("The Christian Right, Conservatism and the Jews," June 7) and the accompanying article about Jews turning to the GOP ("Israel Bolsters Local GOP Support," June 7).

    Many of the so-called leftists are in no way...

  • Marching to a New Magbit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Magbit Foundation, 2002 will go down as a year of change.

    Over its first dozen years, the prime objective of the nonprofit, including its Young Leadership Division and its Women's Group, has been to raise $400,000 a year in scholarship funds for college students.

    However, at this...

  • Mission Accomplished

    By Amy Klein

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Robert Khorhramian had never been to Israel before. Since he moved to Los Angeles from Iran in the late 1970s, the 46-year-old foot and ankle surgeon had planned many times to visit, yet something came up every time. But last month at Sinai Temple, he heard about the 48-hour...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Holocaust Bill Passed by Assembly

    A revision of Holocaust studies in California's schools is on its way. On May 23, the Assembly unanimously passed Assembly Bill 2003, the Holocaust Genocide Education Act. The bill outlines a plan to establish a 12-member Holocaust-Genocide...

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