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  • Worshipping Allah at the Jesus Christ Mosque

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 6, 2008 | 8:16 pm

    In Israel, Jesus Christ had his tomb. On Broadway, his play. And now in Jordan, God’s son has his own mosque:

    A mosque named after the central figure of Christianity is the latest milestone of interfaith coexistence in Jordan.

    Both Muslim and Christian leaders expressed delight...

  • Debate wrap up: Palin contradicts McCain, will make peace process a ‘priority’

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 3, 2008 | 6:53 pm

    ST. LOUIS (JTA)—Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would be a priority of a McCain administration, Sarah Palin said last night.

    “A two-state solution is the solution,” Alaska Gov. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, said in her debate with the Democratic vice-presidential...

  • McCain surrogates likely to echo Bush on Iran and Israel

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 29, 2008 | 6:05 pm

    DENVER (JTA)—John McCain’s campaign has walked a fine line between upholding the values of the GOP base that still reveres George W. Bush, while repudiating the legacy of the most unpopular president in modern history.

    In at least one area, however, there’s no ambivalence: When it...

  • Will new ‘Cold War’ play out in Middle East?

    By Leslie Susser

    August 27, 2008 | 5:12 pm

    When Prime Minister Ehud Olmert goes to Moscow next month, his first order of business will be to make sure the Russians don't sell sophisticated new weaponry to Syria that could alter the military status quo in the Middle East.

    Last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Russia...

  • Stop and smell the roses in Pakistan

    August 20, 2008 | 11:58 pm

    As an Egyptian whose country's military dictators are either taken by God or an assassin's bullet, I envy the Pakistani people's ability to now use the term, "former president."

    As former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf contemplates how his friends in the U.S. administration...

  • Saudi textbooks: Faithful Muslims shoud hate Christians and Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 22, 2008 | 3:45 pm

    Yesterday I linked to Ali Eteraz’s classic blog post deciphering the Quranic passages that refer to Jews as “apes” and “swine.” Coincidentally, Slate was on a similar path last night with this report about what textbooks in Saudi Arabia really say about Christians and Jews.


  • Heavy Metal Islam: the book

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 17, 2008 | 7:33 pm

    Come on feel the noise ...

    I’m not sure how their elders would feel about leather pants or ridiculous guitar solos or, Allah forbid, AC/DC and Black Sabbath, but Muslim metalheads aren’t such an oddity in the Middle East, listened to not just by rebels and wanna-bes and the...

  • Israel trades murderer for soldiers’ bodies

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 16, 2008 | 5:31 am


    Today is the day that Israel followed through on its agreement to trade an unrepentant murderer, Samir Kuntar, and other Lebanese prisoners to Hezbollah for the bodies of two abducted Israeli soldiers. Another tragic and soon-to-be-classic example of the often absurd understanding of...

  • On the sly, abortions up in Mideast

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2008 | 3:08 pm

    Borzou Daragahi, the LA Times’ ace in the Mideast has one of those story that is, understandably, really hard to quantify:

    BEIRUT—Unmarried and pregnant, Ranya gathered up her courage and confided to a friend that she was considering a drastic step: an illegal abortion.

    She braced...

  • Thriving on the edge

    By David Suissa

    June 26, 2008 | 11:32 am

    Is there any hope for peace in Israel? Are things getting better or worse? Does war and conflict dominate Israeli consciousness? After spending a week in the Holy Land with very little sleep and lots of Turkish coffee, talking to bright people from the left to the right, I can report...
  • VIDEO: This just in—Saudis are Jews in disguise!

    June 22, 2008 | 1:26 am

    Former Lebanese Minister Wiam Wahhab: The Saudi regime Is used by the Jews to avenge the defeat of the Qaynuqa Tribe by the Prophet Muhammad.


    In other words, The House of Saud are Jews in disguise.


  • Hi-Lo

    By Rob Eshman

    June 19, 2008 | 2:35 pm

    The way to see Israel, I finally learned after two years of living there and umpteen visits, is by helicopter. We were five journalists whizzing south from Hertzliya, several-hundred feet in the air. Our guide was Marcus Sheff, a former journalist who now runs something called The...
  • U.S. prez says Islam ‘fanatic and fraudulent’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 19, 2008 | 2:49 pm

    Not that president. But give me a second to mention this week’s paper first.

    I like The Jewish Journal‘s cover for Israel@60 because it shows some of the diversity of Israeli society. Inside is the thickest issue we’ve published since at least High Holy Days, and quite a few notable...

  • Sectarian bloodshed in a familiar place: Lebanon

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 17, 2008 | 6:20 pm

    One of the most powerful, raw, emotional photos I’ve seen in a long time. This shooting, but one bout of recent warfare between Sunnis and Shiites, occurred during a funeral procession last week. The story is here.

  • Pope urges Israel to help Christians in Mideast

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 12, 2008 | 2:54 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI on Monday asked Israel to ease travel restrictions for Mideast Christians, who in Gaza and the West Bank and places like Lebanon have been under attack.

    Benedict has made concern over the future of Middle East Christians a
    priority. Economic problems as well as...

  • Egypt-born Arab-American woman fights Islamic culture of hate

    By Ayala Or-el

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Before Sept. 11, 2001, Nonie Darwish led the quiet life of a suburbanite with three kids, a husband and a dog. She was semi-retired after 13 years as a claims adjuster and was spending her time with her family and remodeling her fairy-tale dream home in the San Fernando Valley. But...
  • Spurlock embarks on a cinematic quest for Osama

    By Pat Sierchio

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When writer/director Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") discovered he was going to become a father two years ago, he was concerned about the tumultuous state of the world into which his child was being born. Spurlock's wish was to give his child a safer and more harmonious place to...
  • Ha lachma anya

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

  • UCLA and USC archaeologists hope preserving the Middle East’s shared past can pave way to protecting

    By Tom Tugend

    April 7, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Two unlikely peacemakers are proposing that if Israelis and Palestinians can agree on how to preserve and protect a common archaeological past, perhaps they can agree on a common future.

    If that sounds like a pipedream, teams of scientists from the two antagonistic neighbors and the...

  • Letter to Obama

    By David Suissa

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I am a right-wing Jew who doesn't trust "moderate" Palestinians, who believes the peace process is a charade orchestrated by weak leaders with personal and political agendas, and who is repulsed by the way the United Nations and a large part of the world unfairly singles out Israel...
  • Hate in Translation

    By Rob Eshman

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This week I received close to 1,000 copies of the same e-mail -- a very disturbing notice that the Web site Facebook features many user-generated pages devoted to memorializing and supporting Arab terrorists.

    One e-mail would have sufficed to alert me to this, but now, as I write...

  • Turkey moves to modernize Islam

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 9, 2008 | 7:34 pm

    The country’s powerful Department of Religious Affairs has commissioned a team of theologians at Ankara University to carry out a fundamental revision of the Hadith, the second most sacred text in Islam after the Koran.

    The Hadith is a collection of thousands of sayings reputed to...

  • Evangelicals kicked out of Jordan

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 5, 2008 | 5:36 pm

    There is an important post over at the CT Liveblog discussing recent reports that evangelical Christians have been kicked out of Jordan or had their visa renewals denied.

    The government alleges covert missionary activity. Compass Direct reports on this aspect, noting in a late...

  • Threats from Hezbollah lead to new war fears

    By Leslie Susser

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Independent TV report reviews reactions to the assassination

    In the wake of last week's assassination of arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, there are fears in the region that a massive attack by Hezbollah against Israeli interests could spark a new Middle East war.

    Although Israel denies...

  • New U.S. administration won’t mean new Mideast policy

    By Michael Young

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    For months, we've been hearing the presidential candidates promise American voters "change." But as the U.S. primaries move beyond their half-way point, here is a prediction:
    Whoever becomes president in 2008 will pursue the same policies as the Bush administration in the Middle...
  • Islamic Jihad: Let’s have a bake sale

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 21, 2008 | 12:00 am

    I wasn’t able to see Jeffrey Goldberg—the author of “Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide” who had a great Atlantic cover story this month on the future nations of the Middle East— when he spoke at UCLA Hillel and Sinai Temple this month. But Jewish Current...

  • Keeping it fair and balanced at the Los Angeles Times

    By Amy Klein

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    As the Los Angeles Times' editor of the Op-Ed page and Sunday Opinion section, Nicholas Goldberg oversees publication of about four opinion pieces per day and eight to twelve on Sundays. The most volatile topic on those pages by far -- even more than the war in Iraq, the election...
  • This being Los Angeles . . .

    By Gina Nahai

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Last Thursday night at LACMA, I was treated to a reading of my own works by the very talented and beautiful actress Bahar Soumekh, and by UC Irvine professor Nasrin Rahimieh. Outside the Bing Theater, rain poured in sheets, and traffic on Wilshire was at a standstill because all the...
  • Houseguests for Hosni

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

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