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  • Concert shakes up the way people view belly dancing

    By Susan Josephs

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Suzy Evans has spent a significant chunk of her life debunking myths about belly dancers.

    "There were so many times when I came across people who thought that belly dancers were like strippers," she said. "Or the belief that belly dancers only come from the Middle East."

    Since...
  • Help! Fire!

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Daniel Pipes fights the worldwide threat of Islamism—from Malibu

    By Marc Ballon

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Pipes spoke at UC Irvine in January
    The view from Daniel Pipes' front porch in Malibu is "California Dreamin'" perfect. With the Pacific stretching beyond the horizon, the vista induces a Zen-like calm. If the scholar's striped cotton shirt and khakis betray his Boston roots,...
  • Can Israel’s alpha bubbe bring Mideast peace?

    By Stephanie L. Freid

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Galia Albin is one grandmother who isn't spending afternoons knitting booties, baking cookies or changing diapers. Instead, she's running to television studios for tapings, representing Israel at international business forums and wielding influence on Israeli policymakers. She is one...
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  • Analysis: Jewish silence on Iraq continues

    By James D. Besser

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Congressional Democrats and President Bush are on a collision course over plans to increase the number of U.S. troops in the conflict, an issue that will dominate the 110th Congress and the early days of the 2008 presidential race.

    But don't look for much of a response from the...

  • Briefs: Journalist: West Is losing ‘War of Ideas;’ Daniel Pipes comes to Pepperdine

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Journalist: West Is Losing War of Ideas

    The conflict between the West and terrorist Islam is not about terrorism, land or economic grievances but about fundamental ideas -- and the West is losing.

    So posits Melanie Phillips, a feisty British journalist, who backed up her thesis in...

  • Fated to Meddle

    By Rob Eshman

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    So like every other red-blooded, terrorist-hating American I know, I spent some of this weekend watching the premiere of the new season of "24."

    It's a four-hour thrill ride -- three hours and change with TiVo -- and whenever the hero, Jack Bauer, appears, my eyes make like Velcro...

  • Sherwood Schwartz—creator of hit TV shows ‘Gilligans Island’ and ‘The Brady Bunch’—trades sitc

    By Nick Street

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sherwood Schwartz is not one to complain. Which isn't to say he has nothing to complain about.

    "Right now I have a torn rotator cuff," he said during an interview at his home in Beverly Hills. "So I guess I could complain about my arm all day. But what the hell?" The three old...

  • The Maher Hathout brouhaha—what’s the end game?

    By Rob Eshman

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Even a resolutely mediocre chess player like me knows it's not enough to have some good opening moves.
     
    To win, you need an end game.
     
    That's why this month's protest by some Jewish groups against the selection of a Muslim spokesman for a county human relations prize baffled...
  • At Risk

    By Rob Eshman

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I've thought way too much about terror this week. As I sat down to write this, I tried to do a rough accounting. What's a clever unit of measure for moments spent obsessing about terror? An osama? No, that gives the cretin too much credit. A chertoff? Better. A chertoff is a full...
  • Dems and Don’ts

    By Rob Eshman

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday evening, in a Westwood office tower, I sat behind a one-way mirror and watched a group of about 30 voters -- half Democrats, half Republicans -- respond to images and opinions about Israel's war in Lebanon.

    Pollster Frank Luntz had arranged the session as part of his...

  • Local Christian Leaders Maintain Support for Israel

    By Marc Ballon

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Even in the face of recent international criticism of Israel's war tactics, American Christians, especially Evangelicals, have remained steadfast in support of Jews and the Jewish state. Whereas vicious anti-Zionist attacks in much of Europe and the Arab world have lately bled into...
  • Worldwide Anti-Semitism Rises With Mideast Conflict

    By Jennifer Jacobson

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Since the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah began in mid-July, a form of hate older than the Jewish state increasingly is rearing its ugly head: anti-Semitism. July saw an attack against a synagogue in Sydney, Australia; vandalism of synagogues and Jewish businesses in Miami; and...
  • Northern Israeli Hotels Feel the Pinch

    By Uriel Heilman

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    With the fighting along Israel's northern border showing no sign of letting up, Israel's most popular summer tourist region has been turned into a battle zone. Instead of the sounds of kids splashing in swimming pools and canyons, there is a constant booming of artillery shelling...

  • Sderot Attack Interrupts Villaraigosa’s Call

    By Marc Ballon

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Thursday, July 6, at 9 a.m., Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a longtime supporter of Israel, was interrupted twice in attempts to place a call to Eli Moyal, mayor of the Israeli city of Sderot.

    Palestinian terrorists have been attacking the city almost daily with Kassam...

  • Cease-Fire Tottering

    By Leslie Susser

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A 16-month cease-fire by several terrorist factions is faltering after members of a Palestinian family were killed in an explosion on a Gaza beach, providing the sternest test yet of the new security doctrine Israel forged after last year's Gaza withdrawal.

    The terrorist cease-fire...

  • Israel: Between Iraq and a Hard Place

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The intensifying crisis of Iran's nuclear program is bringing into sharp relief the problems created for Israel by the radical foreign policy of the Bush administration. In a world filled with nations and movements hostile to Israel, the United States has long been Israel's big...

  • Israel’s Teens Get Ironic ‘Inheritance’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Inheriting the Holy Land: An American's Search for Hope in the Middle East," by Jennifer Miller (Ballantine Books, 2005).

    Amos Oz has explored the subject in novels. Amos Elon has penned essays about it. Politicians as varied as Abba Eban, Mahmoud Abbas, Bill Clinton and even Ariel...

  • Marlborough Defuses Anti-Israel Claim

    By Julie G Fax

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A private girls' school in Hancock Park has defused accusations of anti-Israel bias in the wake of an English teacher's speech on the Mideast at an all-school assembly.

    The controversy arose at Marlborough School after Laura Rochette, who teaches English and Arabic literature at the...

  • Clinton Still Can’t Figure Arafat

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Although he left the White House nearly five years ago, former President Bill Clinton is still deeply concerned about the Middle East and remains puzzled by his last-minute failure to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    "There hasn't been one day since I left office that...

  • What your kids are learning about Israel, America and Islam

    By JTA Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    With the school year back in full swing, do you know what your children are learning?

    In thousands of public school districts across the United States, without ever knowing it, taxpayers pay to disseminate pro-Islamic materials that are anti-American, anti-Israel and...

  • What Makes Bombers Tick in ‘Paradise’?

    By Marc Ballon

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In his riveting new film, "Paradise Now," Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad paints an ugly picture of Israeli occupation and the harsh consequences he believes flow from it, namely suicide bombers. The movie, which won the Blue Angel Award for best European film at this year's...

  • Textbook Battle Hits California

    By JTA Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The state of California is on the brink of a major election that involves neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Clint Eastwood.

    The candidates are textbooks and other teaching materials that will influence what schoolchildren across the state -- and across the United States --...

  • Abbas Gets Warm, Cold Reception

    By James D. Besser

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas got a warm White House reception last week, but got a colder shoulder from Congress and few top items on his Washington wish list, starting with a commitment by President Bush to move forward aggressively with the stalled Mideast "road map" peace...

  • The Interpreter

    By Rob Eshman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The first thing I noticed when entering Noam Neusner's office in Washington, D.C. was the president's dog. A framed photo of the first canine, Barney, hangs by the door. It's a big color print, and I pointed to it and offered an approving laugh.

    "That's funny," I said.

    Neusner,...

  • The Optimist

    By Rob Eshman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I needed two forms of picture ID to enter the Pentagon, but I only brought one. The journalism students I accompanied last week -- participants in Hillel's Spitzer Conference J-Track program -- all had driver's licenses and university identification. I faced multiple security...

  • Bush Mideast Plan Gets Tepid Response

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like any first-born confronted with the end of only-child status, the pro-Israel community in Washington is learning to deal with the Bush administration's new baby -- a plan for a viable Palestinian state.

    Many of Israel's friends on Capitol Hill maintained a sullen silence last...

  • Israel-Russian Relations Turn Sour

    By Leslie Susser

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A projected billion-dollar arms sale to Syria is the latest sign of a major shift in Russia's Middle East policy -- and analysts are asking how dangerous it might be for regional stability and for Israel.

    In what they see as an ongoing bid to regain its lost global influence,...

  • After 10 Years, a Separate Peace

    By Gil Sedan

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ten years ago this week, in the midst of a desert storm in the Arava Valley, the late King Hussein of Jordan and the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel signed a peace accord ushering in an era of hope that relations between the neighbors would become a model for a new Middle...

  • Idea of Israeli-Syrian Tie in Killing Grows

    By Dan Baron

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The notion of an Israeli-Syrian alliance against terror may strike some as ludicrous, but after the killing of a Hamas mastermind this week in Damascus, that idea is gaining traction.

    Hamas called Sunday's killing of Izzadin Sheik Khalil a "despicable crime" and blamed it on the...

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