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  • You are an Islamophobe

    December 17, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    Most thoughtful people recognize that the world is a complicated place. And most also understand that serious and stubborn problems are complex and not easy to solve. One of the most frightening and stubborn problems we face today is the terrible violence and suffering that we...

  • The Republicans’ rhetoric of hate and fear

    November 20, 2015 | 12:03 pm

    Fear, laced with paranoia, is driving the American response against allowing Syrian refugees into the United States.

    President Obama has said he would accept 10,000 refugees, all of them subjected to intense scrutiny before being admitted to the country. France, with a population...

  • Ahmed’s Clock

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 16, 2015 | 5:32 pm

    Shana Tova, Happy New Year and welcome back to our national reality. A 14-year-old technonerd in Texas was arrested for possession of a homemade clock, which he had designed himself. Yes, of course, this young man is Muslim, dark-skinned and…well, that’s it, really.

    Most of you...

  • 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...

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 2, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read...

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 2, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read...

  • Jesus, the Jew

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 7, 2013 | 10:03 am

    Reza Aslan, an author and scholar of religion, has established himself as a familiar face and voice on American television, the go-to guy for commentary on the Islamic world, and he embodies all the right stuff: youthful good looks, depth of knowledge and the kind of media savvy...

  • Some Information for David Suissa

    By Aryeh Cohen

    April 23, 2013 | 5:22 pm

    David Suissa bemoans the "fact" that Muslims are not self-critical, nor do they condemn terror attacks loudly enough. 

    So for general edification I spent 5 minutes on Google and came up with this list. 



  • The Islamophobia Myth

    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...

  • Reclaiming the Morality of Our Torah: A Response to Rabbi Hershel Schachter

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 20, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    Recently, a scandal emerged within the Orthodox community when Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a halakhic leader and member of the faculty of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), made an overtly racist comment that was recorded at a London conference....

  • Islam navigates the shoals of extremism

    June 27, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Which is the more serious problem today: Islamic extremism or anti-Islamic bigotry?

    The latest contribution to this debate comes from The Nation, the leading magazine of America’s left, in its current special edition on “Islamophobia: Anatomy of an American Panic.” Its...

  • L.A. rabbi, running for U.S. Senate, draws fire for anti-Islamic comments

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 16, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    A rabbi based in Southern California who is running for U.S. Senate has come under fire for anti-Islamic comments that were captured on video.

    In the video, Rabbi Nachum Shifren, who is known as the “Surfing Rabbi,” was seen telling a cheering audience in San Mateo, “I am an...

  • UC student senator’s Muslim costume causes controversy

    May 2, 2012 | 10:09 am

    Leaders of Muslim student groups at the University of California, San Diego, are upset after a photo of a student senator dressed in Muslim garb circulated on the Internet.

    Student Senator Ashton Cohen took a photograph at a campus party dressed in a robe and head-covering, with...

  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

  • Jewish clergy join anti-Islamaphobia event

    September 8, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    Top Jewish clergy joined a religious gathering to combat Islamaphobia as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks nears.

    “Ten years after 9/11, it has somehow become respectable to verbally attack Muslims and Islam in America,” Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the president of the Union of Reform...

  • Pollsters probe depths of American fear at Museum of Tolerance’s pre-9/11 event

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 8, 2011 | 9:15 am

    A new national poll unveiled at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) on Sep. 7 finds Americans are worried about a nuclear Iran, afraid that China presents a military threat to the United States and concerned about the possibility of Islamic terror attacks perpetrated by American-born...

  • ‘Going Muslim’ the new ‘going postal’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 15, 2009 | 5:47 pm

    Tunku Varadarajan is no journalistic lightweight. A former managing editor for the Wall Street Journal, the clinical professor of business at NYU made an argument in his Forbes column last week that probably left most Muslim Americans, not to mention many non-Muslim Americans,...

  • O’Reilly: ‘We can’t kill all the Muslims’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 11, 2009 | 9:54 pm

    Why do I go to law school? Well, it’s not so I can spend the day off in the library basement outlining torts. But maybe it’s for the story tips. Like this one from Sara, who picked up on a clip from “The O’Reilly Factor” during which Big Bill said “Islam is the problem.”


  • Islamophobia story of the year

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 11, 2009 | 7:42 pm

    Think this guy took to call to arms in the war on terror a bit seriously?

    Marine reservist Jasen Bruce was getting clothes out of the trunk of his car Monday evening when a bearded man in a robe approached him.

    That man, a Greek Orthodox priest named Father Alexios Marakis, speaks...

  • UCLA Law: ‘Re-inventing the enemy within’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 4, 2009 | 9:40 pm

    The Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law has a great panel starting in about 15 minutes that I, sadly, won’t be able to attend. (It’s that time of the year: Yep, UCLA basketball is back.) The panel’s title is “Anti-Arab and Islamophobic Legal Discourse and Practice...

  • What happened to the Muslim assassin in ‘Angels & Demons?’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 26, 2009 | 5:34 pm

    “Angels & Demons” has followed in the controversial tradition of Dan Brown’s first book to be turned into a film, “The Da Vinci Code.” Particularly, we’ve heard that it’s anti-Catholic rubbish. But is it also soft on Muslims terrorists?

    I haven’t seen the film yet, but that didn’t...

  • Muslims express ‘outrage’ over NY terror plot

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 21, 2009 | 7:52 pm

    The four Muslim men arrested yesterday for allegedly trying to bomb New York synagogues and shoot down a plane with a SCUD missile “wanted to commit jihad,” New York police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

    “More information about their motives I’m sure will be developed as the...

  • Moderate Muslim becomes mayor of Dutch city

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 5, 2009 | 11:54 am

    The Netherlands are still trying to figure out how to handle the “Islamization” of society. Moving to ban burkas on college campuses was, I would say, a bad idea. But today’s installation of a Moroccan-born Muslim moderate as mayor of Rotterdam, Europe’s busiest port city,...

  • Family full of friendly terrorists removed from flight

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 2, 2009 | 4:17 pm

    If you’ve seen “Harold and Kumar 2: Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” or if you’ve watched the trailer above, you can imagine how this whole scene went down. The end result is a familiar one: a family full of observant Muslims, meaning the men sported beards and the women wore...

  • Lewis Black: a Muslim, Jew or Indian still couldn’t get elected president

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 8, 2008 | 7:13 pm

    Lewis Black talks about being able to make jokes when President-elect Barack Obama moves into the White House. Though he’s glad to be getting rid of Bush—that’s obvious—Black is not optimistic about “change.”

    “When you are 60, hope has passed you by. ... I think hope is really...

  • Netherlands moves to ban burkas on college campuses

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 26, 2008 | 9:03 pm

    I know there is a strong xenophobic movement in the Netherlands, where there have been some terrifying examples of Islamic extremism, and the country lacks a Bill of Rights, but can the government move to ban ultra-pious Muslim garb? AFP via Islamophobia Watch:

    The Netherlands plans...

  • Briefs: Jews, Muslims join to combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism; Elie Wiesel's 'Night' now in Farsi

    November 26, 2008 | 4:35 pm

    Jews, Muslims Join in Program to Combat Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

    On Nov. 17, some 20 devout Muslims from the King Fahad Mosque bowed and prostrated themselves as they recited the Isha, or night prayer, at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, with about 80 Jews watching the...

  • Obsessing over Aish HaTorah and ‘Obsession’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 28, 2008 | 2:57 pm

    Before the whole Clarion controversy, I only knew a few things about the Jewish outreach organization Aish HaTorah: they offer private Torah study at a hefty price and one of their rabbis considered Luke Ford “one of the Torah weirdos.”

    But then the organization got caught up in...

  • Depicting Obama as a Muslim radical

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 28, 2008 | 2:14 pm

    I found this image on Bill Lobdell’s blog. Lobdell’s no nut, but he does live in Orange County, so it goes without saying that he is surrounded by many. (Come on, some of my best friends live in Orange County.) A friend of his wife evoked the cartoon with this e-mail:

    “I just...

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