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  • Letters to the Editor: Hillary, Islam, and reflections on Mom’s stuff

    3 weeks ago

    Going Through Mom’s Stuff

    I am an 88-year-old mother of two, grandmother of five and great-grandmother, recently widowed. I strongly relate to the article regarding Teresa Strasser’s mother, since I have a lot of stuff, which I love and cherish (“Can You Rest in Peace While Your...

  • They’re all crazy!: The language we use when reporting terror attacks

    August 26, 2016 | 2:28 pm

    But I don’t want to go among mad people, Alice remarked.
    Oh, you can’t help that,”said the Cat: “we’re all mad here.”

    Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland

    It has become fashionable to invoke the M’Naghten rules as soon as there is a terror attack in Europe. Typically the...

  • Steven Sotloff’s parents implore Obama to bring home a missing American journalist

    June 23, 2016 | 11:32 am

    The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish freelance journalist beheaded by the Islamic State nearly two years ago, have joined the families of three other killed U.S. hostages in urging President Barack Obama to bring home a missing American hostage.

    Shirley and Arthur Sotloff,...

  • The hate narrative and Muslims in America

    June 15, 2016 | 3:23 pm

    On the sixth night of Ramadan, June 11, I broke my fast at a synagogue during a Havdalah-Shavuot celebration. Around 10:30 p.m., at almost the same time that Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., I called an Uber to get from the Westwood synagogue to my...

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  • Why are we afraid to talk about Islam?

    By David Suissa

    June 14, 2016 | 1:34 pm

    If a white, homophobic Christian fundamentalist had murdered 49 people in a gay nightclub, would we go out of our way not to mention his religion for fear of offending all Christians?

    Mass murderer Omar Mateen, the man who went on a rampage in an Orlando nightclub, is not just a...

  • Can Belgium protect its Jews? A community has its doubts

    March 25, 2016 | 10:11 am

    The hundreds of rifle-toting police and soldiers who patrol Isaac Michaeli’s neighborhood have done little to improve his sense of safety.

    “When the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, the soldiers might as well be cardboard cutouts,” he said.

    A jeweler in his...

  • Obama, in mosque visit, says an attack on Islam is an attack on all faiths

    February 3, 2016 | 11:29 am

    President Barack Obama visited a U.S. mosque on Wednesday and declared that attacks on Islam were an attack on all faiths in a move to counter rhetoric from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates that have alienated Muslims.

    "We have to understand that an...

  • Turkey unsettled by ‘anti-Islamic’ messages in U.S. presidency race

    January 11, 2016 | 2:48 pm

    Turkey is unsettled by "anti-Islamic" messages in the U.S. presidential campaign, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, citing the 2016 race for the White House that has seen the Republican front-runner advocate a ban on Muslim immigration. 

    Donald Trump, the...

  • Why the Saudis are just like Trump

    December 14, 2015 | 11:08 am

    The online bickering between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his fellow billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal over Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration is seeped with irony: For decades, Saudi Arabia has had a near-total ban on granting visas to...

  • The longest war

    By David Suissa

    December 9, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    No matter how many wars we fight and how many precautions we take, as long as enough people believe they are killing in the name of God, the war against Islamic terror will continue. The killers of San Bernardino were motivated not by grievance but by religious fervor. California’s...

  • Jews against Trump

    By Rob Eshman

    December 8, 2015 | 4:51 pm

    In ways direct and subtle, the Jews of America and the Jews of France, the Jews of the left and the Jews of the right, the Jews of the Reform movement and the Jews of the Orthodox movement, have sent Donald J. Trump a message: Feh.

    “Feh” is a Yiddish expression of disgust.  And...

  • At two Inland Empire Mosques, Muslims shocked by attack, disgusted by ISIS

    By Jared Sichel

    December 8, 2015 | 10:35 am

    For the last two years, multiple times each week, Gasser Shehata prayed around lunchtime at the same San Bernardino mosque as Syed Rizwan Farook, the 28-year-old Muslim who, with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, recently carried out the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the...

  • Thousands of Arab-Israelis protest ban on Islamic Movement

    November 30, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    An estimated 15,000 Arab-Israelis protested Israel’s outlawing of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

    Several Arab-Israeli Knesset lawmakers and Arab leaders attended the protest Saturday in the northern Israeli town of Uhm al-Fahm.

    “With our spirit and blood...

  • Letters to the editor: Islamic extremism, contamination at Brandeis-Bardin and more

    November 24, 2015 | 9:22 am

    Hydra vs. Islam

    As a friend and fan of Rabbi Reuven Firestone, I was disappointed by “Heads of the Hydra” (Nov. 20). He writes: “Let’s be clear. This terrible violence is not about Islam. That accusation is a canard. It’s an excuse, a pitiful substitute for careful analysis and...

  • Ron Dermer to ZOA: We must defeat ‘militant Islam,’ but Islam is not the enemy

    November 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Taking center stage at what organizers dubbed an all-star night of Zionist heroes, Israeli envoy Ron Dermer called on the international community to wage war against “militant Islam” and simultaneously cautioned his audience against viewing Islam itself as the enemy.

    Dermer,...

  • Heads of the Hydra

    November 16, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    This time it’s Paris. It was already Paris earlier this year. It was also Madrid, London, New York and suburban Washington D.C., and it was the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk in 1999, and the infamous Moscow theater disaster in 2002. In each case, terrible...

  • Jordanian sheik: It is forbidden to kill Jews except in war

    November 2, 2015 | 9:00 am

    A sheik in Jordan said it is forbidden to kill Jews except during times of war.

    Ali Halabi said in a videotaped lecture distributed on social media that it is permitted to kill Jews during a declared war or clashes with Jewish soldiers, but that at other times it is a betrayal.

    ...
  • German anti-Islam protest swells on fears about refugee influx

    October 19, 2015 | 2:35 pm

    The German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months on Monday, sparked into fresh life on its first anniversary by anger at the government's decision to take in hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East.

    PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the...

  • 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,...

  • Palestinian Perfidy at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee: A direct assault on the core of Judaism

    July 9, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    The 39th UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) has just ended its ten day annual meeting, this year in Bonn, Germany. Once again,the Wiesenthal Centre was the only accredited Jewish NGO

    Since the Palestinians's admittance to UNESCO in November 2011 they have wreaked havoc, best...

  • Crowds gather for anti-Islam demonstration outside Phoenix mosque

    May 29, 2015 | 10:08 pm

    More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative protest that was denounced by counter-protesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," weeks after an anti-Muslim event in Texas came under attack by two gunmen.

    ...
  • NewGround Fellow Responds to Shootings in Garland, TX

    May 7, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    On Sunday, May 3, a cohort of Jews and Muslims, members of a group called NewGround, were praying side by side at an event called “Two Faiths One Prayer” in Los Angeles. From sunrise to well after sunset, the NewGround fellows took their prayers to five different public spots...

  • Shaming the murderers

    By David Suissa

    February 25, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    A religious Muslim who murders an innocent person in the name of the Quran desecrates his own religion. I wish that idea had been the theme of last week’s White House Conference on Violent Extremism. 

    Instead, President Barack Obama went out of his way to take religion out of...

  • Thomas L. Friedman on what’s wrong with Islam

    February 18, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    The following is excerpted from remarks New York Times columnist Tom Friedman gave Feb. 8 at Stanford University at the annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture. We’re reprinting here because it is one of the most succinct and cogent approaches to the heated debate over whether Islam...

  • As L.A.’s Muslims condemn French attacks, a gap on what’s to blame

    By Jared Sichel

    January 22, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Following the recent terror attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists that left 17 dead and 22 wounded at a satirical magazine and kosher market, the debate within the local Muslim community over what to blame and even how to label the ideology behind the attacks has only intensified....

  • Would I leave France?

    By David Suissa

    January 21, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    When we discussed the cover headline for the Journal’s story this week on the troubled Jews of France, we debated two options: “Should Jews leave?” or “Would you leave?” The first option was about “them,” while the second was more about us.

    In the end, we went for clarity and...

  • Would you stay in France?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 21, 2015 | 11:43 am

    In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, soon replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. Now it may be time for reflection.

    The response from the French and then the Israelis to the two attacks raised some...

  • From orphans to terrorists: The childhood that became a breeding ground for vengeance

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 16, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    Before he killed two New York City police officers, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley was on a desperate search to find himself.

    He “tried on identities as if they were new clothes,” The New York Times reported. He was mostly a street hustler who dabbled in petty crime and spent...

  • From orphans to terrorists: The childhood that became a breeding ground for vengeance

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 16, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    Before he killed two New York City police officers, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley was on a desperate search to find himself.

    He “tried on identities as if they were new clothes,” The New York Times reported. He was mostly a street hustler who dabbled in petty crime and spent...

  • Solidarity: Je Suis Charlie, Je Suis Juif

    January 15, 2015 | 5:18 pm

    A dozen victims at a French newspaper, plus four hostages killed in a kosher grocery store: In France, it feels like the world is coming to an end. This was not just an attack on a small magazine and on Jewish people shopping before Shabbat, but an attack on a way of life that a...

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