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  • Celebrating the murder of Jews

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    What happens when extremism dominates a whole society?

    When I saw thousands of Palestinian civilians celebrating the cold-blooded murder of four rabbis praying in a synagogue, I had to ask myself: Could I ever imagine thousands of Jews celebrating the murder of four Muslim sheiks...

  • Israel, Palestinians agree to steps to calm Jerusalem tensions, Kerry says

    1 week ago

    Israel and the Palestinians have pledged to take concrete steps to calm tensions around Jerusalem's holiest site, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday after talks in the Jordanian capital.

    Violence has flared in recent weeks over the compound where their biblical...

  • The ‘Jerusalem Intifada,’ the president and the cliff

    2 weeks ago

    For years, Cassandras on the left warned that the festering captivity of the stateless Palestinian population living under military rule would reach a breaking point. There would be a Third Intifada, maybe a bloodbath. At the very least, said the left, there would be a drastic...

  • ‘Rosewater’ reveals journalist’s ordeal in an Iranian prison

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 weeks ago

    Iranian-born journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari’s life was compelling long before he became the plotline for the movie “Rosewater.” 

    Bahari had traveled to nearly 70 countries to report on the issues of the day, some of them conflict zones, and nearly lost his life once, when...

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  • Israel faces tough months as pressure builds on Netanyahu

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to keep his fractious coalition together as talk of early elections grows, but in trying to bolster himself domestically he runs the risk of further alienating international partners.

    To satisfy restive far-right parties in his...

  • Maher vs. Affleck vs. Harris Round 2

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    I have one word for Ben Affleck, Sam Harris and Bill Maher: Rematch.

    The three of them began an argument on Oct. 10 on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” that came to an end when the episode concluded. It needs to continue.

    At issue was whether Islam is, in Maher’s view, a...

  • Yehuda Glick shooting reignites holy war over Temple Mount

    By Simone Wilson

    3 weeks ago

    Snaking around the top right corner of the 2,000-year-old Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City is a rickety wooden structure called the Mughrabi Bridge — an awkward tube of scaffolding that leads to the most contested holy site in the world.

    Today, that site — called the Temple...

  • Israeli far-right activist shot and wounded in Jerusalem

    October 29, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    A far-right Israeli activist was shot and wounded in Jerusalem on Wednesday as he left a conference promoting a Jewish campaign to permit praying at a flashpoint Old City compound holy to both Jews and Muslims, Israeli officials said.

    Police confirmed that an unnamed man on a...

  • U.S. unveils coalition to fight Islamic state in cyberspace

    October 27, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    The United States on Monday unveiled what it called an information coalition with Muslim and Western nations to combat efforts by Islamic State to recruit online and stoke sectarian hatred through a "cult of violence."

    U.S. officials told delegates from European and Arab...

  • Does slavery have a future? The ISIS challenge through Jewish lens

    October 22, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    Human Rights Watch recounts the journey from slavery to freedom of Rewshe, a Yazidi teenager from the Iraqi village of Sinjar, who was among 200 women and girls carried to Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital in Syria. There, she was auctioned off for $1,000 but escaped before her...

  • Should Israel stay or withdraw from the West Bank?

    By Uri Dromi

    October 20, 2014 | 10:46 am

    Originally published in The Miami Herald

    Sixty years ago the Algerians revolted against the French who had ruled them for more than 120 years. On November 1, 1954, the National Liberation Front (FLN), the leading Algerian underground, issued a proclamation calling upon the French...

  • Good Malala, bad Malala

    By Mahim Maher

    October 14, 2014 | 12:24 am

    We are giving a famous and well-respected foreign journalist a tour of the newsroom’s art department. He stares at the screen where one of our guys is working on art for our BIG MALALA LEDE.

    “‘Gee, getting shot was the best thing that ever happened to me’… you guys should put...

  • A rare and peaceful ‘Eid Kippur’ in Israel

    By Simone Wilson

    October 7, 2014 | 10:42 am

    This year, for the first time since 1981, the Jews’ biggest fast overlapped with one of Islam’s biggest feasts.

    The two holy days, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Eid ul-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice, or Eid for short), have polar-opposite energy levels: Eid is about...

  • Fliers posted at UC Santa Barbara say Jews were behind 9/11 attacks

    By Jared Sichel

    September 30, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    Raising the alarm amongst Jewish leaders in Southern California, some students arriving this past weekend at UC Santa Barbara for the beginning of a new school year were greeted with fliers claiming that Israel was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    “911 was an outside job,”...

  • Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

    September 23, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I survived the Holocaust in a sub-cellar in Tarnopol (Ternopil), a city now located in western Ukraine that once had a thriving Jewish as well as Polish population. Before coming to the U.S., I grew up after the war in France when philo-Semites like Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre...

  • Bennett and Weston: The politics of scapegoating

    September 19, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    John Bennett, a Republican Representative in the Oklahoma State Legislature,  urged people recently on his Facebook page to “be wary of the individuals who claim to be Muslim-American” because, presumably, they pose a threat to us all. Leaders of several civil rights organizations...

  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Are Jews losing their story?

    By David Suissa

    September 17, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    As we look back on the triumphs and failures of the past year, let’s reflect on one of the perennial shortfalls of the Jewish world — how we consistently overlook the importance of teaching the extraordinary story of the Jewish people. 

    When I say “the story of the Jewish...

  • Israel’s most valuable Muslim ally

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    September 17, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Jews worldwide will soon mark the onset of a Jewish New Year with the specter of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East. Amid the preponderance of daily bad news, it is uplifting to celebrate narratives of tolerance and respect. Earlier this month, I was one of 12...

  • Death of Palestinian teen spurs rising violence

    September 8, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Violence increased in eastern Jerusalem following the death of a Palestinian teenager who was shot a week earlier by Israeli troops during a demonstration.

    On Monday, the day after Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, died in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, protests began in eastern...

  • Steven Sotloff sounded the unanswered alarm about ISIS

    September 4, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    "As the international media is fixated on the struggle between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, few reporters are focusing on Syria. But a spate of kidnappings of foreign journalists in Syria has made the country a...

  • Israel raises alarm over Islamist militants on its frontiers

    September 2, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Israel's frontier with Syria, where militants have kidnapped 45 U.N. peacekeepers, has become a magnet for Islamist activity and Israel itself is now a target, the defense minister and security analysts said on Tuesday.

    The Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked group fighting Syrian...

  • Austrian chancellor urges end to religious tensions

    August 25, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann called for peace and tolerance after meeting faith leaders on Monday amid mounting religious tensions highlighted by a violent protest against an Israeli soccer team last month.

    "Only the community can prevent a spiral of violence," Faymann told...

  • Why Hamas is not like ISIS

    By Uri Dromi

    August 21, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    As James Foley is beheaded and rocket attacks resume on Israel:

    For years, Israel has been trying to convince the West that it is the first line of defense against radical Islam, and that if Muslim extremists are not checked in their home territory, they might sooner or later...

  • Israeli wedding of Jew, Muslim draws protesters amid war tensions

    August 17, 2014 | 11:27 pm

    Israeli police on Sunday blocked more than 200 far-right Israeli protesters from rushing guests at a wedding of a Jewish woman and Muslim man as they shouted "death to the Arabs" in a sign of tensions stoked by the Gaza war.

    Several dozen police, including members of the force's...

  • Call for protest spurs Arab groom, Jewish-born bride to hire security for party

    By tessc

    August 14, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    An Arab man and his Jewish-born bride hired 14 security guards for their wedding celebration in Israel in response to an anti-intermarriage Jewish group’s call for a protest rally at the hall.

    Mahmoud Mansour, who is Muslim, and Morel Malka, who recently converted to Islam,...

  • Why doesn’t the world seem to care when Christians die?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    When Jews are killed, we make sure the world knows. When Palestinians are killed, the Web explodes. So why is it that when Christians are murdered and persecuted en masse, no one seems to care — not even other Christians?

    We see this mystery playing out in Iraq with the hundreds...

  • Religion:  It’s A Dog’s Life!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 6, 2014 | 5:26 pm

    "C’est une vie de chien!"

    “It's a dog's life!”  The French use this expression to shrug their frustration at the overwhelming struggles of life.  To me, it is a statement of how random our most important beliefs are.

    Growing up in Iran, many Muslims believed dogs to be ritually...

  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    July 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Iran leader calls Israel ‘rabid dog,’ urges arms for Palestinians

    July 29, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a "rabid dog" for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

    About 1,087 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed in 22 days of...

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