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  • Azerbaijan: Israel’s secret Muslim friend

    November 2, 2015 | 9:52 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Azerbaijan went to the polls earlier in the week in an event that was shunned by both the country’s main opposition parties and even by international election monitors. One exception was a group of several Israeli politicians who...

  • In tense eastern Jerusalem, Arabs and Jews hunker down

    November 2, 2015 | 9:14 am

    To get to the Jewish compound in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, residents arrange in advance for an armored van to pick them up at a spot adjacent to the walls of the Old City.

    With a metal grate over its windshield and an armed guard sitting beside an armed...

  • Detaining peace

    October 28, 2015 | 11:56 am

    The news that my friend Mohannad was arrested last week hit me hard. We’d worked together over the summer, planning a three-day summer camp for Israeli and Palestinian children in Gush Etzion. He was the perfect choice to be the Palestinian coordinator of the camp: At 26, he was...

  • United Nations censures Israel

    October 27, 2015 | 10:19 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    As part of their strategy to obtain a Palestinian state using diplomatic means, Palestinians welcomed a UN resolution that sharply criticized Israel for limiting Muslim access to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound. The site, which...

  • An oasis of hope amidst the turmoil

    October 22, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    Another convulsion of sectarian violence has swept Israel and Palestine these past weeks shattering lives and inculcating dread between Jewish and Arab communities. On smart phones, Jewish teens replay videos of stabbings and car attacks. Palestinian parents sequester their...

  • Amid the violence in Israel, Arab-Israeli newscaster Lucy Aharish keeps on smiling

    October 22, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Lucy Aharish never wanted to be a political symbol. The 34-year-old Arab-Israeli news presenter and television host didn’t even want to be a journalist. When she graduated from high school in the hard-knock southern Israeli town of Dimona, her plan was to be an actress.

    But her...

  • Prominent Arab-Israeli news anchor slams Palestinian leaders

    October 15, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    Arab-Israeli news anchor Lucy Aharish isn’t afraid to take on both sides of her fraught identity. She has spoken out against the racism that Palestinians face in Israeli society as well as against Palestinian violence.

    Aharish, 34, was interviewed on Tuesday on...

  • At Rosh Hashanah and Hajj, bridging two cultures through common roots

    September 9, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    “Use words. Help me understand.” As mothers, we have both found this phrase useful from time to time in helping our children navigate the terrain of conflicting emotions. As people deeply engaged in conflict resolution and building relationships among Jews and Muslims, we also find...

  • Using early Zionists’ script, Jewish volunteers aim to empower West Bank Palestinians

    June 16, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    They dig their fingers into the dirt, their knees bearing into the ground as they embed sprigs of thyme in identical rows. The sun beats down on the small plot, and the work can be tedious, but these volunteers — most of them American, most of them Jewish — plant with a purpose.

  • LGBT Persian Jews live in changing times

    By Ryan Torok

    March 26, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    Although attitudes are becoming increasingly accepting toward homosexuality in the Jewish community, prejudices remain in the typically more conservative Persian community. To help bridge the gap, JQ International — a nonprofit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to...

  • Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue

    February 3, 2015 | 10:39 am

    After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness and concern.

    They just didn’t do so publicly.

    Statements condemning violence are normally made...

  • I miss his voice: Remembering Maher Hathout

    January 12, 2015 | 10:24 am

    As a rabbi who ran an interfaith organization, I had the opportunity to build deep relationships in the Muslim-American community.  And because of those relationships and my understanding of what Dr. Maher Hathout meant to that community, I mourn his passing.  He and I had few...

  • Poll: Israeli Jews, Arabs oppose intermarriage

    August 22, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Three-quarters of Israeli Jews and nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs would not marry someone from a different religion, according to a poll.

    Conducted by Haaretz and the Dialog company on Tuesday and Wednesday, the poll found that opposition to interfaith relationships was...

  • Do you believe in ‘MAJIC’?

    By Ryan Torok

    June 11, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Milken Community Schools junior Avi Sholkoff had never been inside of a mosque.

    That changed when he participated in Muslim and Jews Inspiring Change (MAJIC), a program of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change. Established two years...

  • Paving the path to dialogue

    By Judea Pearl

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    First came an "Open Letter From Muslims to Jews," signed by dozens of leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals in the West, calling for "Peace, Dialogue and Understanding Between Muslims and Jews."

    The letter, which was initiated by American University professor Akbar Ahmed and...