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  • 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.

    Huh?

    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.

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  • 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

  • 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...

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