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  • Iran nuclear threat: What to do?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the wild ride known as the Bush Administration careens toward its end, the only question remaining is whether the president will order an attack on Iran. Mired in the endless quagmire of Iraq, desperate for some military success, Bush might try to salvage his wounded sense of...
  • Persia held hostage, film at 11

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Bitter Harvest

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Help! Fire!

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

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  • Saudis breathe new life into diplomacy

    By Leslie Susser

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time in years, serious Israeli-Arab peace moves seem to be afoot. The key mover is Saudi Arabia, and the key document is a 2002 peace initiative that it sponsored.

    The Saudis have quietly been exchanging ideas with Israeli leaders on changes in the document that would...

  • Experts explore effects of Ahmadinejad anti-Semitism

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Film Seminar on Iranian TV: "Tom and Jerry" is a Jewish plot
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    Since assuming power more than one year ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel and questioned the existence of the Holocaust,...
  • MUSIC VIDEO: Teapacks—‘Push the Button’ (Eurovision entry)

    March 7, 2007 | 9:15 pm

    Quirky Israeli rockers TEAPACKS are this year’s official contestants in the 2007 Eurovision song contest and controversy is already brewing over the political nature of their entry “Push the Button.”

  • Tehran cemetery Web site links local Persians to Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly four years ago, Shahram Farzan, an Iranian Jew living in Los Angeles, traveled to Tehran to have a hand-carved marble tombstone placed on his father's grave at the Jewish cemetery, which has been called "beheshtieh" by the city's Jewry for more than half a century. (The word...
  • Mobilize now against Iran and save the world

    By Natan Sharansky

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Just over three years ago, at the first-ever global forum on anti-Semitism organized by the State of Israel, the essential task was to define the beast -- the new anti-Semitism. Since then, as the fourth such global gathering meets this week, efforts to incorporate the "three-D"...
  • Briefs: Palestinians riot near Jerusalem dig; Brandeis threatened with loss of donations

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinians Riot Around Jerusalem

    Palestinians rioted at entry points to Jerusalem to protest a ban stemming from previous riots over an Old City dig. Police banned Palestinian males under age 50 from attending Friday prayer services at mosques on the Temple Mount, and extended a...

  • Time for Jewish leaders to end their silence on Iraq

    By Aryeh Cohen

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "One who is able to protest against a wrong that is being done in his family, his city, his nation or the world and doesn't do so is held accountable for that wrong being done." (Talmud Bavli Tractate Shabbat 54b)

    There is no longer any doubt that the invasion of Iraq is an utter...

  • Ahmadinejad: The next Hitler?

    By Joshua Yasmeh

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    From 1939 to 1945, during the Holocaust, 6 million Jews died atrocious deaths throughout Europe at the hands of Adolf Hitler.

    On Aug. 6, 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assumed office as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a rise that could provoke the beginning of the next...

  • New U.N. chief puts priority on Israeli-Palestinian peace

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    U.N. Chief Puts Priority on Israeli-Palestinian Peace

    The new United Nations secretary-general said solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was key to wider peace in the Middle East.

    "If the issues with the conflicts between Israel and Palestine go well, other issues in the...

  • 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...
  • The Importance of Accessibility

    By Dr. Robert Wexler

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Although this was my third visit to the White House, the novelty does not easily wear off. My first invitation was to a prayer breakfast toward the end of the Clinton administration.

    The second time, I wasn't actually invited. I just hitched a ride as the guest of my close friend,...

  • Yoram Hassid: The Man in the Middle

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

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    Yoram Hassid

    For the past 20 years, Yoram Hassid, a 60-something financially successful general contractor, has been quietly helping scores of...

  • Don’t dismiss Iran Holocaust conference as harmless fringe elements

    By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Even Borat, the bumblingly anti-Semitic comic character, could not have contrived a more absurd and utterly offensive assemblage: David Duke, erstwhile Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, alongside Robert Faurisson, the French pseudo-academic who argues that the Holocaust never...
  • New approaches in Iraq could <I>help</I> Israel

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Israel and its American supporters, the Iraq War has scrambled the Middle East in ways that are difficult to navigate.

    Once people hoped that the Iraq War would make Israel safer. The neocons, who cooked up the invasion and sold it to a president desperate for historic glory...

  • Regime Change

    By Rob Eshman

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I'm at a stunning house in Beverly Hills. The hosts are pillars of the Persian Jewish community. The food is incredible. Milky raw almonds and walnuts floating in silver bowls of ice water. Candied kumquats on gilt platters. Fragrant rice pilafs beribboned with dried cherries and...
  • Los Angeles mom pleads for life of son kidnapped in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Why is the world so silent -- why are Jews so silent about the plight of Jews being held captive in Iran?" Elana Tehrani, an Iranian-born Jewish woman now living in Los Angeles asked a crowd during a speech at the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills.

    Tehrani believes her son...

  • U.S. Jewish Population Rising; California and Israel Join in Tourism Pact

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Jewish Population Rising?

    The new American Jewish Yearbook reports that there are 6.4 million Jews in the United States. That's significantly more than the 5.2 million figure provided by the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Study.

    The yearly survey, published by the...

  • Iran’s Jewish legislator criticized during L.A. appearance

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A group of local Iranian Jewish activists spoke out in protest of the Dec. 4 appearance of Maurice Motamed, the only Jewish representative to the Iranian parliament, at the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) synagogue in West Hollywood, where he provided an update on the...
  • Ignoring the lessons of the past

    By David Horovitz

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Why would Syria, Iran and the terror groups they jointly sponsor so utterly deride the notion that the West will ever unite to effectively deter them? An early case in point is the small matter of Nezar Hindawi and the Syrian bid to bomb El Al.

    In a London courtroom 20 years ago...

  • Reports shed new light on irrational Iran debate

    By Murray Fromson

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly two weeks ago, Ted Koppel contributed some desperately needed perspective to the irrational debate about Iran and its so-called nuclear threat. It was something we did not hear days before, listening to Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert at the General Assembly (GA) of the...
  • Jimmy Carter Mideast book shows his anti-Israel bias

    By Alan Dershowitz

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I like Jimmy Carter. I have known him since he began his run for president in early 1976. I worked hard for his election, and I have admired the work of the Carter Center throughout the world. That's why it troubles me so much that this decent man has written such an indecent book...
  • Ahmadinejad Dismisses Israeli Threats; Cluster Bombs Under Scrutiny

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ahmadinejad Dismisses Israeli Threats

    Iran's president shrugged off Israeli threats to attack his country's nuclear facilities as psychological warfare.

    "This is a media campaign, because the Zionist regime is weak. We have faced stronger countries in the past," an official Iranian...

  • Olmert Promises Students: Iran ‘Danger Will Be Removed;’ Sderot Children’s Heartfelt Drawings Come t

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert Promises Students: Iran 'Danger Will Be Removed'

    In a spirited but brief Nov. 15 speech at the Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told an enthusiastic crowd of 500, including 400 Orthodox Jewish high school students and luminaries, that...

  • GA News: Netanyahu compares Iran nuke threat to Hitler’s Germany

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Iran missile program calls for developing 25 nuclear weapons per year, ultimately with a range to reach the East Coast of the United States, Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu warned the annual summit meeting of North American Jewish leaders Monday afternoon.

    "It's 1938 --...

  • Photo exhibit of Persian Jewry on exhibit at Huntington

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Since arriving in Southern California more than 25 years ago, the Persian Jewish community has been tight-knit and has largely chosen to be closed off from the rest of the greater Jewish community and American society. Yet with an undying curiosity and persistence, local Jewish...

  • Fate of Santa Monica apartment building embroils rabbi and residents in legal battle

    By Jane Ulman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One late afternoon in October 1978, Hertzel Illulian, a Chabad student from Brooklyn, was silently praying mincha outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Tehran. He took three steps back after reciting the Amidah, the service's central prayer, and found himself surrounded by a wall of...

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