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  • Nuclear site reportedly identified in Syria

    February 24, 2011 | 8:56 am

    A suspected nuclear site has been identified in Syria using commercial satellite photos.

    The installation is said to be a nuclear conversion plant, according to the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, which published photos of the site in a report...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Americans keep tabs on new freedom protests in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 22, 2011 | 6:40 pm

    In the wake of the Feb. 14 Iranian protests for greater freedom, which took place throughout that country, Iranian Americans of various religious backgrounds in Southern California have been closely monitoring the developments and voicing support for those seeking democracy.


  • A King’s Speech

    By David Suissa

    February 22, 2011 | 5:32 pm

    To read a response to this essay by Jordan Elgrably, click here.

    Read this article in Arabic here.

    If I were advising the president or prime minister of Israel, I would suggest he go on Al Jazeera this week and deliver this message to the people of the Middle East:

    Dear Neighbors:...

  • AJC: Suspend Libya from U.N. Human Rights Council

    February 22, 2011 | 8:31 am

    The American Jewish Committee called on the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    “The Gadhafi regime’s widespread use of brutal force against protestors makes a mockery of the U.N. Human Rights Council,” said AJC...

  • UN chief calls Gadhafi to demand immediate end to violence in Libya

    February 21, 2011 | 11:22 am

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Libyan President Moammer Ghadafi on Monday and urged to respect the basic freedoms and rights of his people, amid the bloody unrest that has swept the country over the last seven days.

    Ban held an extensive phone conversation...

  • “Friday of Fury” in Yemen [VIDEO]

    February 18, 2011 | 8:06 am

    Yemeni security forces and pro-government loyalists clashed with crowds demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule in several cities on Friday. At least five people were killed and dozens wounded.

    Tens of thousands of dissidents also thronged the city of Taiz,...

  • How Israel can help Egypt

    February 17, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    After Egypt’s wondrous revolution the Middle East will never be the same again. Egypt is so large and so consequential that such profound political change there is bound to impact everything, including the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.  Is it a threat to peacemaking or an...

  • In Bahrain, at least 3 killed, 231 hurt as army cracks down on protests

    February 17, 2011 | 8:25 am

    The Bahraini army seized control of key parts of capital Manama on Thursday and banned gatherings, after a riot police raid on a protest camp left at least three people dead, 231 wounded and 60 more missing.

    Armed vehicles rumbled through the capital after police stormed the...

  • Amid turmoil, Wieseltier sees clear path in Middle East

    By Tom Tugend

    February 16, 2011 | 11:47 am

    You have to sympathize with public speakers asked to deliver carefully prepared lectures on the situation in the Middle East, where events have a habit of overtaking incisive scholarly analyses.

    So it befell Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic, prolific writer and...

  • Israel must get the monkey of occupation off its back

    February 15, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    Although the events that swept through Egypt in recent weeks had little to do with Israel, they still hold profound lessons for Israel.  The most important lesson is that Israel must break its addiction to occupation and settlements.

    The link between the occupation and Israel’s...

  • Post-Mubarak, Obama embraces Middle East reform

    February 15, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    A combination of calculation, luck and principles are steering the Obama administration to emphasize democracy and human rights in the Middle East in the post-Mubarak era.

    On Tuesday, President Obama laid out a revamped strategy that takes into account U.S. strategic interests in...

  • Dennis Ross to address J Street confab

    February 14, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Dennis Ross, the senior adviser to President Obama on Middle East issues, is addressing this year’s J Street conference, the group said.

    Ross, seen as an administration hard-liner on Iran and as arguing for greater consideration of Israel’s needs in peace negotiations, would be a...

  • PA Cabinet dissolved, Fayyad to form new government

    February 14, 2011 | 8:27 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad dissolved his Cabinet and will form a new government.

    Monday’s announcement comes two days after a decision by PA President Mahmoud Abbas to hold presidential and legislative elections by September. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb...

  • Forgive Me For Not Joining Mubarak’s Going-Away Party

    By Sarah Tuttle-Singer

    February 12, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    On the off-chance that you’re living in a cave with restricted internet access that only lets you read The Jewish Journal, Mubarak has stepped down as president of Egypt.


    Everyone I know back in The States is tossing around the words “freedom” and “liberation”...

  • Mubarak’s fall heralds new power player in the Mideast: the Arab street

    February 11, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    Hosni Mubarak’s resignation Friday from Egypt’s presidency following three weeks of intense street demonstrations raises a host of questions not just for the future of Egypt and its peace treaty with Israel, but for the entire Middle East.

    The most remarkable feature of the...

  • ‘Nearly one million protesters descend on Cairo square’

    February 10, 2011 | 8:30 am

    Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian anti-government protesters stood their ground in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a 17th day on Thursday, despite Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit’s warning that the military could intervene if demonstrations continue.

    Hundreds had camped overnight in...

  • Egypt and the universal rights of women

    February 8, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    In 1799, the French artist Vivant Denon, accompanying a team of scientists traveling to Egypt with Napoleon (who excused his invasion with the logic that he was bringing democracy to the Arabs) was touring some ancient sites along the upper Nile when he came across an 8-year-old girl...

  • Peres: Israeli-Palestinian peace urgent in light of Egypt crisis

    February 6, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    President Shimon Peres urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to move quickly toward a solution in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in light of the crisis that has wracked Egypt over the last two weeks.

    “The dramatic events of the recent period make it necessary for...

  • Five myths, five lessons of the Egypt uprising

    February 4, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    As the Middle East is engulfed in a series of often violent pro-democracy demonstrations and counter demonstrations, that have shattered the myth of stability in that region, there are a number of other myths which have been shattered as well, about which no one has said a word....

  • Egypt army restrains Mubarak loyalists amid ongoing clashes in Cairo square

    February 3, 2011 | 8:36 am

    An Egyptian army tank moved against supporters of President Hosni Mubarak as they hurled rocks at anti-Muburak protesters in central Cairo, prompting cheers from demonstrators battered by overnight fighting that killed six.

    “Allahu Akbar, the army and the people are hand in hand”,...

  • Rains and Revolutions

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    February 2, 2011 | 6:06 pm

    A number of people have asked me what it’s like to be in Israel while a revolution is going on next door. My answer is, “it’s raining.”

    When it rains in the Middle East, it’s a pain – I got soaked walking to Mandel this morning – but everybody is happy about it because...

  • Middle East unrest triggers concern, even on Alhambra’s quiet Main Street

    February 2, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    This story originally appeared in the Alhambra Source.

    The Arab-language television blared with protesters filling Cairo’s streets and the conversation flew — in the front of the patio in Arabic, in the back in Hebrew. Alhambra’s quiet Main Street may be a long way from the...

  • Dilemma of pro-Israel groups: To talk Egypt or not?

    February 1, 2011 | 11:17 am

    As Egypt convulses, pro-Israel groups and U.S. Congress members are seized by the ancient maternal dilemma: If you have nothing nice to say, should you say anything at all?

    The question of whether to stake a claim in the protests against 30 years of President Hosni Mubarak’s...

  • At least one million in Egypt take to the streets to call for Mubarak’s ouster [VIDEO]

    February 1, 2011 | 10:51 am

    At least one million people rallied across Egypt on Tuesday clamoring for President Hosni Mubarak to give up power, piling pressure on a leader who has towered over Middle East politics for 30 years to make way for a new era of democracy in the Arab nation.

    Cairo’s Tahrir...

  • Israel beefs up troops on Egyptian border

    February 1, 2011 | 8:36 am

    Israel’s military has increased its presence on the border with Egypt over fears that terrorists and migrants will take advantage of the unrest in Egypt to cross into Israel.

    The army and Border Police also are concerned that large groups of Bedouin living in the Sinai will attempt...

  • Watching Egypt, On Israel’s Side

    By Uri Dromi

    January 31, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    It was early in the morning in June 1967, during the Six Day War, when, as a young lieutenant in the Israeli Air Force, I was low-flying over the Mediterranean, approaching the coast of northern Sinai. As a kid I read the epic Enemy Coast Ahead, by Wing Commander Guy Gibson V.C., the...

  • The Al Jazeera document dump and you

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Map making seems to be an increasingly popular pastime in the Middle East these days.

    The Palestinians claim they prepared their mapped vision of the two-state solution but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to look at it. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is reportedly...

  • ‘Quartet’ to meet on Israeli-Palestinian talks

    January 14, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    The “Quartet” guiding the Middle East process will meet next month and the top U.S. envoy is in the region attempting to re-start Israeli-Palestinian talks.

    The Quartet of the United States the European Union, the United Nations and Russia will meet in Munich Feb. 4-6, the German...

  • The Billboard Debate on the Middle East

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 11, 2011 | 6:36 pm

    “Be on our side,” the clutter-free advertisement reads. “We are the side of peace and justice.” It shows two men smiling. One is Palestinian, the other is Israeli, and each is accompanied by a smiling young girl. The ad, which first appeared in three Bay Area Rapid Transit...

  • A lawyer’s personal investment in Mideast peace

    By Tom Tugend

    December 22, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    Josef Avesar is a soft-spoken lawyer with a wife and four children, but for the past six years he has spent most of his time and a considerable amount of his own money on an all-consuming project: to establish an Israeli-Palestinian Confederation (IPC) and break the interminable...

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