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  • Moving and shaking: Marriage equality rally, L.A. Press Club Awards, the Black Eyed Peas and more

    By Ryan Torok

    July 2, 2015 | 11:40 am

    Los Angeles clergy, city officials, same-sex couples and other supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states during a June 26 rally in West Hollywood Park.

    “Marriage, that peculiar and particular joining of...

  • The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Judea Pearl and Cornel West

    By Dennis Prager

    May 20, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    Last month, the Jewish Journal published a plea from Judea Pearl, Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science and Statistics at UCLA and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Daniel Pearl was the writer for the Wall Street Journal who was murdered by Islamists in Pakistan. Judea...

  • An open letter to Cornel West

    By Judea Pearl

    April 21, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    Judea Pearl is Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science and Statistics at UCLA and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

    Dear Professor West,

    This is a humble request sent to you from a rank-and-file Jewish professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where you...

  • Letters to the editor: Jews in Turkey and Zionophobia on campus

    March 25, 2015 | 10:39 am

    Playing Telephone in Turkey Misses the Point

    Sorting out the entire history of Turkish-Jewish relations spanning more than five centuries via editorials and interviews is ineffective, unrealistic and unfair (“At a Breaking Point in Turkey,” March 20).  Lost in such...

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  • At UCLA, Zionophobia trumps anti-Semitism

    By Judea Pearl

    March 18, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    Portions of this article originally appeared in Haaretz.

    In what should rightly be considered a major victory for Jewish students at UCLA, the undergraduate student government at its March 10 meeting unanimously passed “A Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism,” which specifically...

  • UCLA Chancellor Gene Block: BDS ‘isn’t going to be sustained on this campus’

    By Jared Sichel

    March 18, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Evidence of the concern within UCLA’s Jewish community stemming from recent events on campus could be seen on March 16 by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block’s visitors that day.

    Just before an interview with the Jewish Journal that morning, Block met with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller,...

  • Letters to the editor: Nazis and Social Security, Abu Tor, campus racism and Kristallnacht

    November 12, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Star of David Big and Bright Deep in the Heart of Westwood

    As the director of UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies, I am writing in response to professor Judea Pearl’s article, “Should Campus Racism Be Discussed?” (Oct. 17). While I do not disagree with his desire to foster...

  • Routing out anti-Israel bias on campus

    By Judea Pearl

    October 14, 2014 | 1:09 pm

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  • Should campus racism be discussed?

    By Judea Pearl

    October 13, 2014 | 9:20 am

    In early October, a number of prominent Jewish studies professors signed a letter stating their opposition to the AMCHA Initiative, a group with the mission of monitoring anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in America. A study just released by AMCHA indicates,...
  • To be read at the NYC Rally protesting ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

    By Judea Pearl

    September 19, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    Friends and Fellow protesters: 

    In joining you today to protest the New York Metropolitan Opera production of this opera, I echo the silenced voice of my son, Daniel Pearl, and the silenced voices of other victims of terror, including James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and including...

  • Pearl Foundation: The pragmatic fight against evil

    By Susan Freudenheim

    August 27, 2014 | 11:50 am

    As the online video of an ISIS militant’s murder of American freelance journalist James Foley went viral on the Internet last week, the gruesome scene recalled another journalist’s murder more than 12 years ago. In 2002, al-Qaida member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed killed Daniel Pearl,...

  • Moving and Shaking: Carl Reiner and Phil Rosenthal at the L.A. Jewish Film Festival

    By Ryan Torok

    May 7, 2014 | 5:04 pm

    The Saban Theatre was filled with laughter as legendary comedian/director/producer Carl Reiner and writer/producer Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) participated in a free-flowing conversation about life, comedy and everything in between as part of the Los Angeles Jewish...

  • If boycott is anti-academic what do we call its leaders?

    By Judea Pearl

    February 5, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    To: John Sexton, Ph.D J. D.
    President, New York University

    Re. An Open Letter regarding NYU and ASA, via email, January 20, 2014.

    Dear President Sexton,

    I am writing to you as an alumnus of NYU-affiliated school who is deeply concerned with the recent boycott resolution by...

  • Dear John Sexton: Condemn and block the ASA

    By Judea Pearl

    February 5, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    To: John Sexton, Ph.D J. D.
    President, New York University

    Re. An Open Letter regarding NYU and ASA, via email, January 20, 2014.

    Dear President Sexton,

    I am writing to you as an alumnus of NYU-affiliated school who is deeply concerned with the recent boycott resolution by...

  • Boycott Israel? Not on my campus

    By Judea Pearl

    January 3, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    There are many good reasons to oppose the American Studies Association (ASA) decision to boycott Israeli universities. But there are some bad reasons as well. Many arguments against the boycott play exactly into the hands of the pro-boycott propagandists and give them the...

  • Judea Pearl reaches out to young Jews

    By Ryan Torok

    October 23, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    “I look at young Jewish boys as the army of the future, the elite force of the army of decency.”

    With these strong words, Judea Pearl — activist, scholar and father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl — used an Oct. 17 lecture to a group of Millennials to emphasize...

  • Judea Pearl reflects: A father’s words

    By Judea Pearl

    May 1, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    This is an excerpt of Judea Pearl’s speech made on April 17 at the inauguration of the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute, at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

    Eleven years ago, when tragedy blackened our skies, and millions of people resonated with...

  • ‘I’m a Jew’

    By David Suissa

    April 18, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish.” Those are the words uttered by American journalist Daniel Pearl in the moment before he was murdered by jihadis in 2002. Those same words were recalled last week by Judea Pearl as he lit a flame in his son’s honor in Jerusalem.

    ...
  • Daniel Pearl’s ‘Litmus Test’ seed of Israel-based institute

    April 18, 2013 | 12:52 pm

    This article originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Adam Pearl, now ten-years old, never met his father, Daniel — a heroic journalist who family and friends say gave his life for truth. Pearl was serving as The Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau chief in 2002 when he was...

  • Pakistan arrests suspect in murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl

    March 19, 2013 | 5:11 am

    Pakistan has arrested a former militant leader in connection with the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, security officials said on Monday.

    Qari Abdul Hai, once a leader of the outlawed Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), was arrested on Sunday...

  • Judea Pearl wins award for work in artificial intelligence

    By Tom Tugend

    March 15, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Judea Pearl, co-founder of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and an internationally renowned expert in computer science, will receive the Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize in Computing,” for his path-breaking innovations in artificial intelligence — the discipline probing the...

  • The Lions' Den

    By Judea Pearl

    February 23, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Daniel Pearl’s murder by terrorists was made public on Feb. 21, 2002. Author Judea Pearl is a professor at UCLA, president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation (danielpearl.org) and a co-editor of “I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl” (Jewish...

  • Judea Pearl, father of slain WSJ reporter, is a leader in artificial intelligence

    By Tom Tugend

    December 22, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    A man arrives at an airport for a flight, and as he goes through security the agent asks some questions.

    Did anyone help him pack his suitcase? What is the purpose of his trip? Is anyone accompanying him?

    During the conversation, the agent enters answers and facial reactions into a...

  • Obama’s dilemma — What went wrong and what can be fixed

    By Judea Pearl

    June 7, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    Say what you will about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House last month, there is no question that things did not go exactly as planned.

    If you believe that President Barack Obama is Israel’s staunchest friend, trying his best to save it from...

  • Words Matter — Obama’s Next Challenge

    By Judea Pearl

    May 17, 2011 | 6:16 pm

    By the time this article is published on May 19, President Barack Obama will be putting the final touches on his policy speech on the Middle East, scheduled for the same day. Many see it as an important speech, for it could signal a dramatic shift in U.S. policy in the wake of the...

  • The psychology behind the Ground Zero mosque

    By Judea Pearl

    August 28, 2010 | 7:40 pm

    I have been trying hard to find an explanation for the intense controversy surrounding the Cordoba Initiative, whereby 71 percent of Americans oppose the construction of an Islamic Center and a Mosque next to Ground Zero. I cannot agree with the theory that such broad resistance...

  • Judea Pearl:  Man on a Symbolic Mission

    March 24, 2010 | 10:00 am

    Judea Pearl would prefer not to be a role model. “When you say ‘role model,’ all I feel is a burden of responsibility,” the 73-year-old UCLA professor of computer science said. He seems far more comfortable holding up others as examples.

    First and foremost is his son, Daniel...

  • Israel @ 60: Confronting denial

    By Judea Pearl

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Each year, in preparation for Israel’s birthday, newspaper editors feel an uncontrolled urge, a divine calling in fact, to invite Arab writers to tell us why Israel should not exist.

    This must give them some sort of satisfaction, such as we might have in inviting officials of the...

  • Judea Pearl gets Franklin Institute award; Beach services for Lag B’Omer

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Beach Mixer on Lag B'Omer

    A week after Israel's birthday, attention shifted to itchy beards. The seven-week counting of the Omer, which marks the period from Pesach to Shavuot, represents the time between the promise of freedom (Exodus) and being given the means to live with dignity...

  • History disproves myth that founding Zionists were naive

    By Judea Pearl

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    We are often told, mostly by anti-Israel propagandists, that the early Zionists' attitude toward the indigenous Arab population in Palestine was laden with ignorance, naivete, denial, contempt, abuse and outright oppression. Afif Safieh, the PLO representative to the United States,...
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