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  • The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 days ago

    On Nov. 19, less than a week after the deadly series of terrorist attacks in Paris, Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the 134-year-old refugee resettlement organization, was summoned to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress. The...

  • Why are we abandoning the Christians?

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    In all the self-righteous talk we’ve been hearing about Muslim refugees from Syria, who’s talking about the Christians? Over the past several years, no religious group has been more persecuted throughout the Middle East than the Christians. And yet, hardly a peep.

    Yes, the Jewish...

  • #WeAreNext

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    The campaign to keep Syrian refugees out of the United States represents a complete lack of faith — not just in Syrian refugees, and not just in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but in America itself.

    I would like to be able to say such a campaign is un-American, but...

  • Bernie Sanders: Incumbent on Muslim nations to defeat ISIS

    1 week ago

    The United States should not lead the fight against ISIS and Islamic extremists, as the sole responsibility of defeating ISIS lies upon Muslim nations in the region, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Thursday. 

    During a speech at Georgetown University in DC...

  • Islamic State attack on ‘Crusader France’ also killed Muslims

    1 week ago

    Among the dead in last week's Paris attacks were two sisters celebrating a birthday, a promising architect, a talented musician and a woman shot while out doing some late shopping.

    What they had in common was that they were Muslims killed in the random slaughter carried out by...

  • Europe should label terrorists, not tomatoes

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    On Nov. 11, while Islamic terrorists were preparing for their Friday night massacre in Paris, which would leave 132 people dead and 352 injured, one of the big news items was the European initiative to put special labels on Israeli goods made in disputed territory.

    As the...

  • Two suicide bombers hit Hezbollah bastion in Lebanon, 43 killed

    2 weeks ago

    At least 43 people were killed and more than 240 wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State in a crowded residential district in Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah.

    The explosions were the first attacks in...

  • WATCH: Bernie Sanders hugs Muslim student, vows to fight racism as Jew

    October 29, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders embraced a Muslim student and referenced his Jewish background in condemning all forms of racism.

    In the Q&A portion of a town hall meeting at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Wednesday night, hijab-wearing senior Remaz...

  • Why I love Lucy

    By David Suissa

    October 28, 2015 | 12:28 pm

    Remember the name Subhi Al-Yaziji, dean of Quranic Studies at the Islamic University of Gaza. As Arab terrorists were attacking Jews in Israel last week, Al-Yaziji went on Palestinian television to cheer them on and remind them to include Jewish women and children. 

    “All Jews in...


    October 28, 2015 | 3:38 am

    [Editor's note: This piece was submitted in response to the one published last week on Abraham's Children, concerning Jews and Muslims working together with regard to the sacred rituals related to preparing our dead for burial. This piece expands on that by way of a 'drash'.] 


  • Israel says citizen, likely Arab, used paraglider to enter Syria

    October 26, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Israel said on Sunday that one of its citizens, probably a member of the country's Muslim Arab minority, had illegally flown to rebellion-wracked Syria by using a paraglider to cross the Golan Heights frontier.

    Israeli media gave the man's age as 23 and quoted investigators as...

  • Official misconduct: How Mahmoud Abbas lies to incite violence

    October 21, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech on Oct. 14 — and it was all based on lies. And those lies continue to fan the flames of terror. The Palestinian president hopes that Europe and the West will believe him and apply pressure on Israel. More than that, he hopes that the rest of the world,...

  • UNESCO votes to classify Rachel’s Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as Muslim sites

    October 21, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, condemned Israel for what it said are attempts to alter the status quo at the Temple Mount.

    While the resolution approved Wednesday morning in Paris by the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization...

  • Wracked with violence, Israel has full support from majority of L.A. Jews

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 11:33 am

    Maty Baruch was wearing a hamsa necklace and pushing an overflowing shopping cart down Elat Market’s produce aisle before Shabbat on Oct. 16 when she was approached by a reporter, asking how she feels about the current terrorism in her native Israel. Baruch, a preschool teacher at...

  • After Netanyahu comments, Germany says responsibility for Holocaust is ours

    October 21, 2015 | 10:52 am

    The German government said on Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel's prime minister sparked controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

    "All Germans know the history of...

  • Terror is not evenhanded

    By David Suissa

    October 21, 2015 | 10:51 am

    There are certain things I read that upset me but also put me right to sleep. One of them is any official statement that is mind-numbingly safe and politically correct. 

    I came across an example last week from the Hillel at UC Irvine, regarding the precarious situation in Israel....

  • Abraham’s Children: How Muslim and Jewish Burial Practices Can Help Bring Peace

    October 21, 2015 | 3:35 am

    In the Biblical story of the death of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac come together to bury their father. Then Isaac goes to live in peace with Ishmael. Many millennia later …

    • thousands of Jews across the United States and Canada volunteer their time and energy to perform the...
  • Viral video puts Israelis and Palestinians at sharp odds

    October 15, 2015 | 9:47 am

    To Palestinians, the video shows a 13-year-old boy being left to die in the street as Israelis shout abuse at him. To Israelis, it shows a teenage knife attacker bleeding as police keep angry locals back and wait for an ambulance.

    The two minutes of amateur footage has become one...

  • Smartphones lend new dynamic to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    October 12, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Surrounded by Israeli police, Israa Abed holds a knife in one hand and a cellphone in the other before shots ring out and she falls to the ground.

    The incident, filmed by passersby on their smartphones, has been viewed thousands of times since it was posted online last Friday,...

  • Arab citizen rams and stabs four Israelis, police stop suspected Palestinian car bomb

    October 11, 2015 | 1:37 pm

    An Arab Israeli stabbed four people near a bus stop in northern Israel on Sunday, as security forces confronted a spate of attacks against Israelis, mainly by Palestinians, in the Jewish state and the West Bank.

    Four Israelis and 24 Palestinians, including eight children, have...

  • Poll: 75% of Republicans ‘less likely’ to vote for Muslim

    October 1, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon seeking the Republican presidential nomination, drew fire last month when he said he would not "advocate" for a Muslim president, but it turns out that most Republicans agree with him.

    In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Sept. 23-30, 75 per cent...

  • Trump rally incident, Carson anti-Muslim remarks spur civility call by 2 Jewish groups

    September 24, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    Two Jewish groups pleaded for greater civility in political discourse after the loyalty of American Muslims was called into question during the Republican presidential campaign.

    The Anti-Defamation League in a statement Monday cited an interview with Ben Carson, a physician and...

  • More than 700 pilgrims die in crush in worst Hajj disaster for 25 years

    September 24, 2015 | 11:00 am

    At least 717 pilgrims from around the world were killed on Thursday in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi authorities said, in the worst disaster to strike the annual Hajj pilgrimage for 25 years.

    At least 863 others were injured at Mina, a few kilometers east...

  • Trump under fire for not correcting man who called Obama a Muslim

    September 18, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came under fire on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals and the White House for not correcting a man who called President Barack Obama a Muslim at a Trump campaign event.

    Trump, who in the past has expressed doubts about...

  • Police to review handling of Texas student handcuffed over clock

    September 18, 2015 | 1:05 pm

    Texas police will review decisions made when a Muslim teenager was taken away in handcuffs after high school staff mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, the Irving police chief said on Friday. 

    "One thing is clear to me, regardless of what we did, no matter what decision was...

  • Curt Shilling compares Muslims to Nazis and gets suspended from ESPN

    August 26, 2015 | 10:32 am

    As one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball for nearly 20 years, Curt Schilling didn’t make many errors. On Tuesday, however, he admitted that he made a costly one.

    The three-time World Series champion on Tuesday morning tweeted an image of Hitler against a dark...

  • Bomb in Thai capital kills 16, wounds 81 in bid ‘to destroy economy’

    August 17, 2015 | 11:09 am

    A bomb planted at one of the Thai capital's most renowned shrines on Monday killed 16 people, including three foreign tourists, and wounded scores in an attack the government called a bid to destroy the economy.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast at the...

  • Islamic State claims huge truck bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City

    August 13, 2015 | 10:51 am

    At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded on Thursday in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad's Sadr City, police and medical sources said, one of the biggest attacks on the capital since Haider al-Abadi became prime minister a year ago.

    "A refrigerator truck packed...

  • What it’s like to be an Iranian Jew

    By Gina Nahai

    August 12, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Time was, you could claim to be a patriotic Iranian, a supporter of Israel and a lover of the United States all at once and be believed by most Iranians. You could say you were all three things without pretense or contradiction, or the need to rank your loyalties in order of...

  • Los Angeles’ Iranian community fears Iran nuclear deal has hidden dangers

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 12, 2015 | 10:34 am

    For some, the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Argentina, which claimed 85 lives and injured hundreds more, is history. But for many Iranian Jews living in Los Angeles and elsewhere outside Iran, the terror attack, widely believed to be perpetrated by agents of...

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