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  • Giving up on Israel—‘The Apostate’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 31, 2007 | 10:17 am

    David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, doesn’t hit the beat often these days. But the stories he’s written in recent years have been memorable—a probing profile of the wandering politician, former President Clinton, an analysis of what it meant when Hamas seized the Palestinian...

  • Seeking better sex from a Muslim sage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 30, 2007 | 7:42 pm


    Jeffrey Fleishman is one of my favorite reporters at the LA Times. For years his was delivering unusual dispatches from Germany and Eastern Europe as the Berlin bureau chief. Now he’s relocated to Cairo, and immediately he found a story about a Muslim sex therapist. Here goes:

    CAIRO...

  • Summer reading—Goldberg’s ‘Prisoners’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 28, 2007 | 3:40 am


    This week I finished Jeffrey Goldberg’s wonderful book “Prisoners: A Muslim and Jew Across the Middle East Divide.” In it, Goldberg, who recently left the New Yorker for the Atlantic Monthly, details his Zionist evolution for socialist camper to Israeli prison guard during the First...

  • ‘What self-hating Jews can teach Muslims’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 27, 2007 | 7:02 pm


    Self-hate, in the Jewish context, is assailed by traditionalists, quantified by sociologists, catalogued by hobbyists, ribbed by comedians, feared by parents.

    It is also underrated.

    Simply put, we have much to learn from the self-hating Jew. Like the paranoid who is under actual...

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  • ‘Stupidest fatwas’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 23, 2007 | 2:01 pm

    Last month, I told you about the breast-feeding fatwa (unmarried men and women could be together at work if the woman breast-fed her male colleagues five times, to establish family ties) and the urine fatwa (drinking the prophet’s pee was a blessing).

    It looks like Foreign Policy...

  • It’s official: the LA Times hates Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 23, 2007 | 6:05 am


    That’s definitely the feeling out here.

    I wrote two weeks ago about how I found it surprising that the LA Times had given a platform to a Hamas leader on its op-ed page. Then in Friday’s Jewish Journal, Tamar Sternthal complained about the same op-ed, asking why the Times...

  • ‘Keeping those Muslims out of our country’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 20, 2007 | 6:40 pm

    This is why Muslims outside the U.S. think the war on terror is a war on Islam. This is why Muslim leaders complain of an Islamophobic culture in America. This is—regardless of the reality that some young American Muslims believe their faith justifies suicide bombings—abject...

  • Rabbi’s existence causes uproar in Egypt

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 20, 2007 | 5:21 pm

    Reuven Firestone is one of the most respected voices on Islam and its relationship to Judaism. But a recent trip to Ain Shams University in Cairo, at which he delivered a paper on “Problematic of the Chosen in Monotheistic Religions,” ended badly when participating Egyptian...

  • Saudis to behead nanny

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 16, 2007 | 8:43 am

    This is God’s justice? Sending a teenager who didn’t have a lawyer at trial to be publicly beheaded because the baby in her care died in her arms? From The Guardian, via the Bible Belt Blogger:

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP)—Rizana Nafeek, a 19-year housemaid from Sri Lanka, is on death...

  • Books: Seeds of peace revealed in early coexistence of Jews, Christians and Muslims

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    History is unkind to generalizations. The confident assertion is too often slain by an inconvenient fact or made obsolete by a new way of looking at the evidence.

    Yet one can be sure that each new crisis -- as well as each old, settled truth -- will call forth a new round of...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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