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  • Israel’s Stem Cell Pioneers

    By Adam Wills

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Under a microscope in a research lab at the Technion's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa, a colony of embryonic stem cells floats in a brilliant ochre-colored universe of fetal mouse tissue, which nourishes the cells. Years from now, this tiny sample could very well be a key to...

  • Abraham’s ‘Children’ Connect at Seder

    By David Finnigan

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rare is the Passover seder that includes an Islamic call to prayer. But in the middle of this interfaith celebration, Muslim guests excused themselves momentarily from the third-floor banquet hall of Wilshire Boulevard Temple to pray in the hallway outside.

    Jews in attendance...

  • Time to Wake Up

    By Rob Eshman

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Ahmed Nassef didn't hug me, but I would have let him. I'd heard of him, had read stories about him and had tried unsuccessfully to contact him several months ago.

    Last weekend, I was in Washington, D.C., to speak at a Hillel Conference, and guess whose name was also on the...

  • Rabbis, Imams Find Common Ground

    By Rabbi Reuven Firestone

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I recently returned from an extraordinary meeting that took place last month in Brussels. One hundred imams and rabbis from 20 different countries came together for four days of discussion about religion, peace, justice and dignity. Meeting in plenary sessions and breakout groups,...

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  • Bus No. 19 Making Controversial Stop

    By Marc Ballon

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When hundreds of Jews and non-Jews gather at the Museum of Tolerance this Sunday (Jan. 30) to protest against suicide bombings , they will stand before a grisly reminder of this global scourge: the charred remains of Bus No. 19, which a Palestinian bomber blew up one year ago in...

  • Christianity Faltering in Muslim Europe

    By Daniel Pipes

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam." So declares Oriana Fallaci in her new book, "La Forza della Ragione"

    ("The Force of Reason"). And the famed Italian journalist is right: Christianity's ancient stronghold of Europe is rapidly giving way to Islam....

  • Community Briefs

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Opera Collaboration Continues to 2005

    The New Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and the Los Angeles Opera will extend their ongoing collaboration with a production of Camille Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" during the 2005 season.

    Academy Award-winning film director William Friedkin...

  • The Other Shiites

    By Rob Eshman

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The invitation to the gala event came out of the blue, from a woman I had never met, belonging to a group I had never heard of, part of a religious sect I knew nothing about.

    Naturally, I accepted.

    The evening was billed as, "A Journey Along the Cradle of Muslim Civilizations:...

  • Jacko’s Jewish Kids Going Muslim?

    By Adam Wills

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    New allegations are being thrown Michael Jackson's way, but this time they're not child molestation charges. The reclusive Debbie Rowe, Jackson's Jewish ex-wife and the mother who surrendered custody of their two children, is worried that the singer is allowing Prince Michael I and...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    ADL Rock and Rawls

    About 900 supporters of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) filled a Century Plaza Hotel ballroom on Dec. 7 for its 90th-year bash, an anniversary evening capped off with a masterful performance by crooner Lou Rawls.

    "We stand for the civilized human beings of...

  • A Dramatist’s Own Private Afghanistan

    By Barry Joseph

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Homebody/Kabul," which opens at the Mark Taper Forum Oct. 2, is "a very dark, unhappy play in many ways," author Tony Kushner said. The Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of "Angels in America" began creating the piece in 1997, when his own obsession with Afghanistan...

  • Arab Groups Assail Bush Appointment

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish and Arab leaders say President Bush's appointment of Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes to a federal think tank -- despite the objections of Arab groups and some congressional Democrats -- offers a window into White House thinking on Middle East issues.

    Bush's Aug. 22...

  • A Voice of Democracy Where None Exists

    By Fakhr Ahmad

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Tashbih Sayyed believes in democracy as a way of life. He can be counted among the few Muslims in America who believe that modernism, free-thinking and education are keys to rid Muslims from the morass of extremism.

    Sayyed was the keynote speaker at a two-hour discussion on the...

  • Recognition: Gift for Israel and Pakistan

    By Fakhr Ahmad

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Now that the war in Iraq is over, is it time for Pakistan to recognize Israel? This is a question that has intrigued many Pakistani intellectuals, journalists, politicians and even military strategists since 1950. The answer, now, should be a whopping yes!

    The recognition will be a...

  • Athens and Baghdad

    By Reuven Firestone

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The legacy of Athens was not only the glory of Western democracy. It was also the brutality of Roman tyranny. And the legacy of Baghdad is not only Wahhabi obscurantism and viciousness. It is also religious tolerance and a this-worldly spirituality.

    Islam may have been born in Mecca...

  • Backlash Threat

    By Marc Ballon

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As some 20 teens beat 18-year-old Rashid Alam with golf clubs and baseball bats in Yorba Linda on Feb. 22, they allegedly yelled "White Power!" The attack, which Alam's friends said was unprovoked, left the recent high school graduate hospitalized with a fractured jaw and broken...

  • Memories of Iraq

    By Joel Kotkin

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    His Hebrew name is David, but he still goes by his Arabic nickname of Naji. At 82, he sits at a table at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles and recalls a life and a civilization now gone, an Iraq that will never be again.

    "When I left Baghdad in 1951," Naji Harkham recalled of the day he...

  • The Sword of Islam

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ever since Sept. 11, the term "jihad" has become part of America's vocabulary. So, too, have the adjectives "Militant Islam" and "Islamic Fundamentalism" become common parlance on America's talk shows and in daily conversations on the American street. To most Americans, these are all...

  • Community Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    9th Circuit Upholds Holocaust Statute

    A federal appeals court has upheld a California law designed to aid thousands of Holocaust victims and their families in obtaining compensation from European insurance companies.

    Monday's 3-0 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals marks...

  • Two Wars; One Just One

    By Amos Oz

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Two Palestinian-Israeli wars have erupted in the Middle East. One is the Palestinian nation's war for its freedom from occupation and for its right to independent statehood. Any decent person ought to support this cause. The second war is waged by fanatical Islam, from Iran to Gaza...

  • Briefs

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bay Cities JCC Emergency Meeting

    Twenty-five parents gathered at Bay Cities Jewish Community Center on Monday night to discuss emergency strategies to try to save their center. Bay Cities JCC is one of four community centers set to close by the summer because of insufficient...

  • Destination Unknown

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    What does the United States effort to enlist Arab countries into the coalition against terrorism mean for the future of strong U.S.-Israel relations?

    Certainly, Muslim and Arab states play an important role in the coalition effort. Their intelligence sharing, geographic proximity,...

  • Why I’m Leaving the Dialogue

    By Rabbi John L. Rosove

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I believe in dialogue. That is why I have participated in the Muslim-Jewish Dialogue of Los Angeles for close to two years. I entered the dialogue because I know that ignorance of each other's faiths, legal traditions, histories, cultural and psychological perceptions can lead to...

  • The Failed Intellectuals

    By Dennis Gura

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Dream Palace of the Arabs:A Generation's Odyssey" by Fouad Ajami (Vintage Books, $14).

    In 1928, the French intellectual Julien Benda wrote his prescient work "The Treason of the Intellectuals," accusing European intellectuals of abandoning their dispassionate faith in the life...

  • Islam Hijacked

    By Reuven Firestone

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The queries have come in steadily since the great increase in suicide bombings by Muslim Palestinians during the past year, but since Sept. 11, they have come virtually non-stop. "Does Islam condone suicide? Does Islam condone killing noncombatants? Does Islam teach that a martyr who...

  • A Citizen of Jerusalem

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In His New Book, "At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden" (William Morrow, 2001), Yossi Klein Halevi, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Jerusalem Report and The New Republic, chronicles his journey as a Jew searching for understanding of...

  • A Swift, Immediate Reaction

    By Avi Davis

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Watching the second tower of the World Trade Center crumble into dust on Tuesday, I was able to imagine the horror of the survivors of the Titanic as they witnessed their vessel sink into the Atlantic Ocean. A symbol of human progress and ingenuity, a monument to economic strength...

  • UCLA Hillel Hosts Muslim-Jewish Series

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On April 2, UCLA Hillel opened a spring forum titled "Muslim-Jewish Relations: Harmony and Discord Throughout History" examining relations between Muslims and Jews from the founding of Islam to the contemporary era.

    Co-sponsored by a variety of organizations, including...

  • The Muslim Zionist

    By David Margolis

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Does Islam deserve its title as "one of the world's great religions"? There are reasons these days to view it, especially here in Israel, as a source of terrorist bombings, murderous incitement against Jews, denials of Jewish connection to Jerusalem, and repression -- especially of...

  • Angry Response

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi was met by more than 100 angry protesters Saturday evening as he wound up a four-day visit to Southern California with a reception in Orange County.

    Demonstrators threw eggs and plastic bottles at the luxury cars of guests arriving at the...

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