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  • Brandeis University drops plan to honor critic of Islam

    1 week ago

    Brandeis University has decided not to award an honorary degree to a Somali-born women's rights activist who has branded Islam as violent and "a nihilistic cult of death."

    The private university outside Boston said it had decided not to bestow the honor on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a...

  • Moving and Shaking: 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, Rabbi David Baron honored

    By Ryan Torok

    February 26, 2014 | 6:43 pm

    The 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, honoring the life and legacy of the Wall Street Journal reporter murdered by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in 2002, was held on Feb. 23 at UCLA. Samantha Power, United States ambassador to the United Nations, delivered the lecture and...

  • Report: Indonesia’s last synagogue destroyed

    October 4, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Indonesia’s last synagogue has been destroyed, a Dutch news site reported last week.

    Unidentified persons demolished the Beith Shalom synagogue in Surabaya on the island of Java to its foundations sometime earlier this year, according to a report on Indoweb.nl.

    The synagogue...

  • An accidental theologist tackles Muhammad bio

    By Roberto Loiederman

    August 7, 2013 | 10:33 am

    In 2010, Lesley Hazleton was asked to give a brief talk about the Quran. 

    “As far as I was concerned, I was talking to those several hundred people in the hall,” Hazleton said in a recent phone interview. “I certainly had no idea that a nine-minute video about reading the Quran...

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  • July 29, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 29, 2013 | 3:26 am

    The US

     

    Headline: U.S. House set to vote on tough Iran sanctions bill this week

    To Read: Pew's Bruce Stokes writes about the decline in America's global popularity-

    The decline is in no way comparable to the collapse of U.S. standing in the first decade of this century....

  • No Justice, No Meat: Polish Parliament Reaffirms Antisemitism

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 16, 2013 | 4:26 pm

    With great chutzpah and an undercurrent of antisemitism the Polish Parliament has rejected a bill proposed by the government to permit Kosher and Halal ritual slaughter. As has been the case in other European countries that have banned kosher slaughter, the process is deemed...

  • Inevitability, Mr. Anderson?

    By Ariel Blumenthal

    July 4, 2013 | 8:45 pm

    No writer in Hollywood could have gotten it better. Revolution in Egypt: a season finale shocker.

    For decades it was common knowledge that Hosni Mobarak is sitting on a barrel of Islamist explosive, that only his firm hand is keeping the Muslim Brotherhood from taking over the...

  • Pamela Geller barred from Britain over anti-Islam views

    June 27, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller was banned from entering Britain. 

    Geller on Wednesday posted a copy of a letter from Home Secretary Theresa May dated June 25 on her anti-Islam blog Atlas Shrugs that informs her that she is barred from entering the country.

    The...

  • Blood and hate are flooding Europe

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Muslim communities in Europe are not something new. Many people suffered in middle-eastern lands, went searching for a new home where there is freedom of speech and equal rights, and started to settle in various European countries.  With time, they became more and more noticed. It...

  • Jews barred from Temple Mount

    May 16, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Israel Police barred Israeli Jews and tourists from the Temple Mount following threats of Muslim violence.

    The ban on Thursday came a day after violence between a group of Orthodox Jews and Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount. The group was prevented from entering the Temple...

  • His Holiness

    By Rob Eshman

    May 15, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Before His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, entered the gilded ballroom of the Montage Beverly Hills last Saturday afternoon, a spokesman took the microphone and explained the rules to the 500 or so acolytes, dignitaries and invited guests. 

    ...
  • Letters to the Editor: Monty Hall, Anne Frank, Boston Hero, Syria

    May 8, 2013 | 7:07 pm

    L.A.’s Jewish Presence

    Great cover story (“How the Jews Changed L.A.,” May 3). 
If it were not for the innovative ways of the Jewish people, Los Angeles would not be the entertainment empire it is today. 
In fact, it would be decades behind where it is and Sid Grauman might be...

  • The Islamophobia Myth

    David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    April 23, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    This past week, three of Robin Abcarian's Perspective columns in the Los Angeles Times concerned the "new worries" of some American Muslims that the "torrent of post-9/11 harassment and hysteria will be repeated." Abcarian started writing about these "worries" even before the...

  • Criticism is not Islamophobia

    By David Suissa

    April 22, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    Criticism is the oxygen of journalism. Here at the Jewish Journal, we will criticize anything that we believe deserves criticism, including religion. We will criticize preachers who use Christianity to express hatred and bigotry toward gays as much as we will criticize religious...

  • Boston suspect’s web page venerates Islam, Chechen independence

    April 19, 2013 | 9:03 am

    Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted links to Islamic websites and others calling for Chechen independence on what appears to be his page on a Russian language social networking site.

    Abusive comments in Russian and English were flooding onto Tsarnaev's page on VK, a...

  • Congress introduces bill to make Israel ‘major strategic ally’

    March 5, 2013 | 8:06 am

    A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a "major strategic ally," a unique designation.

    The bill, introduced Monday by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), was timed for the annual...

  • Riots break out in Jerusalem, West Bank over Palestinian prisoners

    February 22, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Palestinian protesters reportedly fired flares and hurled stones at Israeli troops in the Old City in Jerusalem amid violent protests in the West Bank.

    Several dozen Palestinians began hurling rocks at troops stationed outside the Mugrabi Gate after Friday prayers, Ynet reported...

  • Are anti-Jewish slogans truly Islamic?

    January 23, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Anti-Jewish slogans uttered over the years within certain Muslim circles have given the impression that Islam is absolutely opposed to Jews. Indeed, many in the Muslim world consider hostility toward Jews as a sign of piety. And some leaders addressing the Islamic world have...

  • The Dark Side of Judaism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 2, 2013 | 10:32 am

    On December 24th, the rabbinate of Haifa, which is one of the largest Israeli cities, sent a letter to local hotels and event halls, warning them they will lose their Kashrut supervision if they hold New Year's Eve or Christmas parties on their premises. The letter, as published on...

  • Israel, Hamas teams in Cairo for more truce talks

    November 26, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Egyptian mediators began separate talks on Monday with Hamas and with Israel to flesh out details of a ceasefire agreed last week that ended eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

    An Egyptian official told Reuters the talks would discuss Palestinian demands for the opening of...

  • Islamist leaders vow unity against Israel

    November 15, 2012 | 10:22 am

    At a conference that drew a roll-call of the Islamist leaders who have gained influence in the wake of Arab Spring revolts, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal won a noisy welcome and pledges of support on Thursday.

    A day after Israel assassinated Hamas's top commander in the Gaza Strip...

  • Moderate Muslims must battle fanticism

    October 17, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Blasphemy has become the focus of attention, with ongoing turmoil in the Middle East sparked by a crude YouTube trailer for a possibly nonexistent movie mocking Islam.

    Some, including the president of Egypt, and American associate professor of religious studies Anthea Butler of...

  • Living in a mash, not a ‘clash,’ of civilizations

    September 27, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    Karl Marx once said that history repeats itself: first as tragedy, then as farce. The riots and Iranian fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie, which forced the British-Kashmiri author into hiding for 13 years, can only be described as tragic — for him and for the cause of...

  • Taking on Islam

    By David Suissa

    September 27, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    It’s not exactly true that Jews have nothing to do with the controversy surrounding the anti-Islam video that has sparked riots in the Muslim world, along with a furious debate about the limits of free speech.

    There is a Jew behind this story. His name is Joseph Burstyn.

    ...
  • Opinion: Islamic leaders must call out hatemongers

    September 25, 2012 | 9:43 am

    In 1935, a trial was held in Bern, Switzerland, in which two individuals were being prosecuted for distributing the notorious anti-Semitic document “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.” At the trial, witness after witness came forward testifying to the fraudulent nature of...

  • ‘Savage’ jihad ad debuts in New York City subway

    September 24, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    An inflammatory ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery was posted Monday in 10 New York City subway stations, even as much of the Muslim world was still seething over a California-made movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad.

    The ad, sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom...

  • Actress sues California man behind anti-Muslim film

    September 19, 2012 | 4:16 pm

    An actress in an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world sued a California man linked to its production on Wednesday for fraud and slander, saying she had received death threats after the video was posted on YouTube.

    Actress Cindy Lee...

  • N.Y. transit authority weighs options on anti-Islam subway ad

    September 19, 2012 | 10:01 am

    New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority said it is considering its options after a U.S. District Court ordered the authority to run an advertisement that reads "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

    The MTA's quandary comes in the wake of recent protests in Arab countries and in...

  • In anti-Islam movie furor, fears that a filmmaker’s lies have legs

    September 16, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    There was no Israeli-American real estate developer named Sam Bacile, and the 100 Jews he claimed had financed his anti-Islam film were fictitious as well.

    Both fabrications were offered to the media apparently to hide the true identity of the Egyptian Christian from Southern...

  • Iran stirring tensions in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

    August 21, 2012 | 10:46 am

    In the restive city of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, the older Shiites are quiet. They had once cheered the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and had hoped their time had come for greater equality in the kingdom. But that dream has faded.

    The younger generation is...

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