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  • 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...

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  • 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

  • Israeli strategists weigh Gaza options

    By Leslie Susser

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The collapse of the border wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt has done much more than break Israel's siege of the Hamas-run strip. It also has opened up new, far-reaching strategic options for Israel while exposing it to grave new dangers.

    Some strategists say Israel should use...

  • In Tunisia, Jews enjoy stability, but not democracy

    By Larry Luxner

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    To the east is Libya, a vast desert nation, where not a single Jew remains from the forced exodus that followed Israel's founding in 1948.

    To the west is Algeria, a bloodstained country that once boasted 140,000 Jews and today is home to barely 100.

    Squeezed between these two...

  • Could Tony Blair be the one?

    By Rob Eshman

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    There was one big question left unanswered when Tony Blair spoke last Monday evening at the opening of American Jewish University's (AJU) 2007 lecture series.

    A day after he stepped down as the British Prime Minister on June 27, 2007, Blair immediately became the Middle East envoy...

  • Bush’s Middle East legacy

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

  • Imagining a newly divided Middle East

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 16, 2008 | 9:02 am

    Not long ago, in a decrepit prison in Iraqi Kurdistan, a senior interrogator with the Kurdish intelligence service decided, for my entertainment and edification, to introduce me to an al-Qaeda terrorist named Omar. “This one is crazy,” the interrogator said....

  • The American wives of Saudi men

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 15, 2008 | 11:46 am

    Yesterday’s Column One by Jeffrey Fleishman was, as usual, an excellent read. The storyline was, as usual, unique and, as of late, about the collision of Western values and Muslim culture:

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Teresa Malof knew she wasn’t in Kentucky anymore when a cleric issued a...

  • Egypt-Israel love fatwa highlights split on peace

    By al-Qatb

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    An Israeli Arab woman sent an e-mail some weeks ago to Sheikh Farahat Al-Mongy, an Islamic scholar from Egypt, complaining that her Egyptian husband, who used to live with her in Israel, had decided to break up their marriage and leave Israel for good.

    News of the broken marriage...

  • Peace in the Mideast remains an illusion

    By Arthur Cohn

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    President Bush's historic visit to Israel and the Middle East can only delay the inevitable disappointment.

    Why? It follows the enormous anticipation of the Annapolis conference

    in late 2007 -- a conference the overwhelming majority of Israelis believe failed. Since then, the...

  • Briefs: Jewish Dems slam Huckabee; ‘Settlement’ crackdown expected

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Outpost Crackdown Seen This Week

    Vice Premier Haim Ramon said last week that troops and police could be deployed as early as this week for a mass-removal of outposts erected in the West Bank without state approval. He indicated that the operation could be timed to coincide with...

  • Low hopes for Bush in Israel

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    If there is one thing the Bush White House excels at it is lowering expectations, and the administration spin machine was operating at full speed in the days leading up to President Bush's Middle East trip, which at press time on Tuesday was expected to begin on Wednesday.

    As Bush...

  • Who killed Benazir Bhutto?

    By Rami G. Khouri

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The tragic assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will engulf Pakistan in grief and turmoil. Her death symbolizes the wider calamity that envelops us all -- throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States.

    The real significance of this latest killing --...

  • The easy answer: The Jews did it

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 3, 2008 | 2:12 pm

    On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, The Jewish Journal ran a cover story that superimposed these words over silhouettes of the World Trade Center towers: “THE JEWS DIDN’T DO IT, YOU IDIOTS!”

    I mentioned this in September as one of many immortal fallacies,  and was just reminded of...

  • Effort to destroy Old Damascus

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 3, 2008 | 8:59 am

    The city of Old Damascus is presently threatened by an obtuse and cynical plan that would destroy great chunks of it. The Syrian regime is trying to push through a “modernization” and “re-development” scheme, which would raze areas dating back to the eleventh and twelfth centuries,...

  • It’s time to act on Saudis’ support of terror

    By Neal Sher

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was stunned at the hostile reception he received during a recent visit to London. It seems our British friends are much more attuned than we are to the nefarious role the Saudis continue to play in financing and fomenting terror.

    As Middle East...

  • Chanukah— the pink elephant of Annapolis

    By Judea Pearl

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    I spent the last week of November in Israel and watched the Annapolis show unfold through the lens of Israeli TV. As expected, everyone in Israel watched that show with both nervous curiosity and cynical dismissal.

    But the event that truly captured the public imagination and...

  • J’accuse

    By David Suissa

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Philippe Karsenty is not sure exactly when he snapped. He does recall a certain morning in Paris when one of the employees in his software firm walked into his office, and, instead of talking business, brought up something rather unexpected: "What did you do yesterday in Gaza? When...
  • Splinter group keeps settler outpost movement alive

    By Dina Kraft

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Her heart pounding, the 15-year-old girl with a long, honey-colored braid down her back scrambled down the steep hillside in the black of night, running from police who had swarmed in to evacuate her and others who had come to set up an illegal settlement outpost.

    It was a scene that...

  • Annapolis is over—now it’s bargaining time

    By Leslie Susser

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    After the pomp and circumstance of Annapolis, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are gearing up for tough bargaining over the minutiae of a two-state settlement.

    Not only will they have to agree on core issues like borders between Israel and a Palestinian state, but they'll also...

  • Christians approaching zero in PA-run parts of Holy Land

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 5, 2007 | 11:12 am

    The ever-dwindling Christian communities living in Palestinian-run territories in the West Bank and Gaza are likely to dissipate completely within the next 15 years as a result of increasing Muslim persecution and maltreatment, an Israeli scholar said Monday.

    “The systematic...

  • ‘Hook-nosed, bloodstained Jews out to trick peaceful Arabs at Annapolis summit’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 27, 2007 | 10:44 pm

    This is from my colleague Dennis Wilen, who runs JewishJournal.com and the blog Funny, you don’t look bloggish:

       

    OK, Olmert says it’s no big deal the Saudis and their pals won’t ‘shake hands’ with the Jews at the conference; at least they won’t be trotting out shopworn...

  • Peace: Now or never?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 26, 2007 | 7:11 pm

    Regarding the Annapolis peace summit, which will be held tomorrow, Time magazine reports:

    When Middle East adversaries meet in Annapolis this week, will it be a peace conference, or rather a conference that ends all peace? Nearly 60 years since the outbreak of the Arab-Israeli...

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