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  • As L.A.’s Muslims condemn French attacks, a gap on what’s to blame

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Following the recent terror attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists that left 17 dead and 22 wounded at a satirical magazine and kosher market, the debate within the local Muslim community over what to blame and even how to label the ideology behind the attacks has only intensified....

  • What we talk about when we talk about anti-Semitism

    1 week ago

    In summer 2014, Muslims attacked Jewish sites in Paris in connection to Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This month, the French Jews killed in Hyper Cacher were buried in Israel.

    What links these two events? Fear-based politics desperate to have us believe it’s still 1938 — a...

  • Would you stay in France?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 week ago

    In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, soon replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. Now it may be time for reflection.

    The response from the French and then the Israelis to the two attacks raised some...

  • Yemen leader expected to accept demands of Houthis who defeat his guards

    1 week ago

    Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi expressed readiness on Wednesday to concede to demands for constitutional change and power sharing with Houthi rebels, saying the Shi'ite Muslim group had a right to be appointed to posts in all state institutions.

    Gulf neighbors denounced...

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  • What’s next for the Jews of France?

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 week ago

    Maurice Benhamou, a Jewish citizen of France who lives in the coastal city of Marseilles, just a three-hour train ride from Paris, is not afraid.

    But the Algerian-descended Benhamou, 69, is among a minority of Jews living in France who, despite the recent terror attack at a...

  • U.S. top court rules for Muslim inmate over prison beard ban

    1 week ago

    An Arkansas policy prohibiting inmates from having beards violated the religious rights of a prisoner who had wanted to grow one in accordance with his Muslim beliefs, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

    The justices, on a 9-0 vote in a closely watched case involving...

  • From orphans to terrorists: The childhood that became a breeding ground for vengeance

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 weeks ago

    Before he killed two New York City police officers, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley was on a desperate search to find himself.

    He “tried on identities as if they were new clothes,” The New York Times reported. He was mostly a street hustler who dabbled in petty crime and spent...

  • Turkish PM says Israeli ‘provocations’ radicalizing Muslim world

    2 weeks ago

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday of terrorism and said Israeli "provocations" such as the bombardment of Gaza were contributing to radicalization in the Muslim world.

    "He himself killed, his army killed children...

  • Nous Sommes Charlie

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    In 2008, I had a chance to make a statement in defense of satire, and I passed.

    This was when some Muslim leaders issued a fatwa against Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten for 12 cartoons it published in 2005 depicting the prophet Muhammad. To say many Muslims found those cartoons...

  • Charlie Hebdo ‘survivors’ edition’ sells out in minutes

    2 weeks ago

    Charlie Hebdo's first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes on Wednesday, featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad on a cover that defenders praised as art but critics saw as a new provocation.

    French readers queued at dawn for copies to support...

  • Tough love for Islam

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    We’re conditioned to respect all religions. But what happens when we’re confronted with a religion that looks more like a political ideology? When I criticize Islam, I don’t criticize its spiritual beauty; I criticize the fact that in too many places around the world, the religion...

  • The Paris-Pindi Connection

    By Mahim Maher

    3 weeks ago

    The manhunt for the French terrorists had barely ended when more violence was being reported—in Pakistan.

    As I waited for a flight back home from the US, I watched BBC and CNN reporting the hunt for the two Muslim men accused of killing 12 people at French magazine Charlie...

  • Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch praises gunmen for Paris attack

    3 weeks ago

    Al-Qaeda's North African branch praised the gunmen behind this week's killings at the Paris headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper as "knight(s) of truth," a monitoring group said on Thursday.

    The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors radical Islamist organizations...

  • Artists defiant after Paris killings but fear censorship on Islam

    3 weeks ago

    Cartoonists and writers defended freedom of expression after Wednesday's attack on a satirical magazine in Paris but the reality for some artists accused of insulting Islam has been years in hiding, police protection and, for some, censorship.

    Among the 12 dead at Charlie Hebdo,...

  • Beyond interfaith marriage

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2014 | 7:32 am

    There is a methodological debate among demographers as to counting the number of Jews in the United States. Some demographers maintain that the Jews in the America are 5.6 million. Another group of demographers maintain that the Jewish population in the United States is 5.2...

  • U.S. citizen indicted in Israel on weapons charges

    December 9, 2014 | 10:28 am

    A U.S. citizen has been indicted in Israel on weapons charges and told investigators he had been weighing the possibility of attacking Muslim holy sites, the Israeli domestic security service Shin Bet said on Tuesday.

    The man's lawyer told reporters that the Shin Bet was...

  • Franklin Graham: America’s failure to understand religion foils cogent Mideast policy

    December 4, 2014 | 9:50 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Franklin Graham, the son of legendary evangelical preacher Billy Graham and heir to the religious empire his father built has worked extensively in the Middle East and has watched America’s Mideast policies evolve over the years...

  • Celebrating the murder of Jews

    By David Suissa

    November 18, 2014 | 4:56 pm

    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

    November 13, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    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

    November 12, 2014 | 3:11 pm

    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

    November 12, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    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...

  • Israel faces tough months as pressure builds on Netanyahu

    November 10, 2014 | 9:19 am

    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

    November 5, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    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

    November 4, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    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...

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