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  • Trump backs Russia, Iran efforts to fight Islamic State

    5 days ago

    Leading Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said he supported Russian efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, including Syria.

    Asked whether he backed those like Russia who supported Syrian President Bashar al Assad or those who see...

  • Rescuing God

    2 weeks ago

    This is the first holiday in 45 years that Rabbi Harold Schulweis will not be on the bima. In his memory we offer this sermon.

    Elie Wiesel offered a parable about our times:

    Once upon a time, Man complained to God: “You have no idea how hard it is to be human -- to live a life...

  • ISIS looting and destruction of heritage sites has roots in ideology and finance

    September 9, 2015 | 10:22 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The systematic destruction of archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State (ISIS) has appalled and infuriated but failed to motivate the international community to act to prevent the further eradication of the...

  • Jewish-Israeli man stopped from joining Islamic State

    September 1, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    A Jewish-Israeli man who planned to join the Islamic State was apprehended in Turkey and returned to his parents.

    Turkish authorities apprehended the man, 21, whose family members arrived in Turkey and traveled back to Israel with him on Tuesday, according to the Times of Israel....

  • Campaign to push Islamic State from Anbar Province in Iraq intensifies

    September 1, 2015 | 8:53 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    One month after the Iraqi government announced a new initiative to take back Anbar province in western Iraq, analysts and diplomats say the campaign is beginning to take root and Iraqi troops have regained control of some...

  • Turkish court charges Vice News reporters with terrorism links

    August 31, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    A Turkish court on Monday formally charged three employees of Vice News with having links to a terrorist organization, the online news channel said, days after they were detained while reporting from the mainly Kurdish southeast.

    Security sources and local media identified the...

  • Parents of Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff reflect on first anniversary of his slaying

    August 31, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    The parents of slain Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff said they had held out hope for his survival because his grandparents are Holocaust survivors and he “comes from survivors’ blood.”

    In an interview with the Miami Herald on the eve of the anniversary of their son’s Sept. 2,...

  • Neither Trump nor ISIS is going away soon

    August 31, 2015 | 10:42 am

    There are three things most young men want – need really – so much so that it’s seemingly part of their DNA:  1) to feel relevant, to have status of some sort; 2) to be able to give vent to their aggressive tendencies, up to and including sometimes, killing; 3) to have sex, pretty...

  • Yazidi leaders demand ‘Jewish Schindler’ prove he is saving people

    August 28, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    A group of Yazidi spiritual leaders, politicians, activists and aid workers have demanded that the Jewish Montreal businessman claiming to have rescued 128 Christian and Yazidi women and children from the Islamic State, or ISIS, provide evidence that he is saving lives.


  • Is ISIS here to stay?

    August 26, 2015 | 9:45 am

    The Islamic State (ISIS) has already outlived predictions of its early demise offered by some US military officials. The Islamist group has survived the near fatal assassination of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi by airstrike earlier this year and has continued its voracious march...

  • Sunday Reads: The Islamic State’s staying power, the price of pluralism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 23, 2015 | 4:15 am


    Brent Scowcroft, National Security Adviser to Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, explains why he supports the Iran agreement:

    If the United States could have handed Iran a “take it or leave it” agreement, the terms doubtless would have been more onerous on Iran. But...

  • Is Israel being judged too harshly?

    August 13, 2015 | 9:26 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    [Jerusalem] A year later, memories of the 51-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip are still fresh. During the fighting, 2,200 Palestinians and 71 Israelis lost their lives. With the number of Gazans killed more...

  • Kurdish fighters seen as primary target of Turkey’s Erdogan

    July 29, 2015 | 12:05 am

    Following a devastating Islamic State (ISIS) linked attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border, the Erdogan government has launched a campaign primarily targeting the Kurdish fighters who are ISIS’s most effective opponents, essentially terminating the peace process with...

  • Kerry heads for Egypt and the Gulf to discuss Iran deal, ISIS

    July 27, 2015 | 4:26 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt and the Gulf next week for talks on the recent nuclear deal between major powers and Iran and the fight against Islamic State militants, then he will head to Southeast Asia, where countries share U.S. concerns about China's...

  • Probe of Chattanooga shooting suspect focuses on Mideast travel

    July 17, 2015 | 11:27 am

    U.S. authorities believe the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan last year and possibly Yemen as well, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as investigators looked for any connection to Islamist militants.

    Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez,...

  • Islamic State says it launched rocket attack on Egypt navy vessel

    July 16, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Egypt's Islamic State affiliate said on Thursday it fired a rocket at an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip.

    The militant group Sinai Province has focused mainly on attacking Egyptian soldiers and police in the Sinai...

  • Canadian-Israeli woman returns from fighting ISIS in Syria, Iraq

    By JNi.media

    July 13, 2015 | 1:54 pm

    This article first appeared on Jewish News International.

    Gillian Rosenberg, the young Canadian-Israeli woman who last year went to Syria to fight against ISIS, returned to Israel Sunday and on Monday morning told Army Radio she just could not remain indifferent to the horrors of...

  • Jewish woman who helped Kurds fight ISIS returns to Israel

    July 13, 2015 | 10:29 am

    A Canadian-Israeli who was the first foreign woman to help the Kurds in their fight against Islamic State has left the front lines and returned to Israel, saying she was worried about Iranian involvement in the war zone.

    After eight months in which she was often incommunicado,...

  • Ben Shapiro’s culture of fear mongering

    July 9, 2015 | 3:43 pm

    I had never heard of Ben Shapiro until that Shabbat evening.  My best friend, Yitzy, just got married, and I was headed to a sheva brachos, one of the parties religious Jews have after they get married.  Yitzy and his wife were having his party at an Orthodox synagogue in my...

  • Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

    July 6, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State.

    The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of...

  • Over 50 killed in terrorist attacks on three continents

    June 26, 2015 | 8:15 am

    Terrorists have attacked sites in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, killing over 50 people according to preliminary reports.

    At least one person was killed and several were injured in an attack on a gas factory in Grenoble, France in what French President Francois Hollande said was a...

  • Fear and uncertainty in Yemen’s Mosques

    June 23, 2015 | 12:00 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    SANA'A - One hour after each prayer session must be dedicated to condemning Saudi Arabia’s air campaign. Imams in all mosques will preach sermons advocating key principles, and will not deviate from the prescribed message.

  • Cartoon: ISIS Wants YOU

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 18, 2015 | 9:11 am

  • ISIS troops 10 miles from Nahum’s Tomb, Iraqi Jewish pilgrimage site

    June 4, 2015 | 9:09 am

    The Iraqi site believed to be the burial place of the biblical prophet Nahum is in danger of being destroyed by the Islamic State, or ISIS.

    Nahum’s Tomb in Al Ooosh, an annual pilgrimage spot for generations of Iraqi Jews, is 10 miles from territory controlled by ISIS, the...

  • Obama meets with family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff

    May 28, 2015 | 4:31 pm

    President Obama met with the parents of slain journalist Steven Sotloff several months after they criticized the White House for its handling of their son’s death.

    The White House announced that Obama met with Art and Shirley Sotloff on Thursday during a trip to Miami.


  • U.S. man charged with conspiracy to provide support to Islamic State

    May 26, 2015 | 10:38 am

    A Houston-area man was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State by attempting to fight for the militant group in Syria, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

    Asher Abid Khan, 20, of Spring, Texas, was arrested on Tuesday morning and was due...

  • Iraq deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi

    May 19, 2015 | 11:01 am

    Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.

    After Ramadi fell on Sunday, Shi'ite militiamen allied to the Iraqi army...

  • Hamas says Islamic State has no foothold in Gaza

    May 14, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Islamic State sympathizers in the Gaza Strip are making their presence felt on social media, but the enclave's Hamas rulers said on Thursday the group has no real foothold in the Palestinian territory.

    Statements signed "Supporters of the Islamic State" have appeared recently on...

  • Registered sex offender charged with attempting to aid ISIS

    April 9, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Joshua Ray Van Haften, 34, of Madison, Wisconsin, has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources, namely himself as personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization, according to the assistant attorney general for national security.  As alleged in the complaint, Van Haften intended to travel into Iraq or Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    Read more at Justice.gov.

  • Death of young fighters congeals Libyan resolve vs. ISIS

    March 23, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    This story originally appeared themedialine.org.

    Lined up next to each other in front of the central mosque in the city of Misrata, ten coffins, two of them covered by the flag of the new Libya, marked the end of a long negotiation. “ISIS [The Islamic State] is on our doorstep...

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