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  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    6 hours ago

    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

    1 day ago

    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...

  • Palestinian fighters raid Israel on Gaza ‘truce’ day

    2 days ago

    Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated.

    The clash, in which Israeli television said five gunmen were killed and the...

  • Kerry slam Hamas for ignoring cease-fire

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ripped Hamas for ignoring a cease-fire call and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.

    “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a...

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  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ...
  • Muslim-Jewish statement on the murder of innocents in Israel

    3 weeks ago

    We are a group of Muslim and Jewish community and religious leaders in Los Angeles and Orange County. Although we have important disagreements about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how it ought to be resolved, all of us together affirm that the murder of innocent people, be...

  • Los Angeles rabbis’ statement and prayer for the three Israeli kidnapped teens

    June 19, 2014 | 11:37 am

    Last month, the international community expressed its outrage at the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls by the Radical Muslim Boko Haram. This past week a similarly radical Palestinian group kidnapped three Israeli high school students. We call upon the international...

  • Obama weighs action in Iraq but rules out combat troops

    June 13, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he needs several days to determine how the United States will help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, but he ruled out sending U.S. troops back into combat and said any intervention would be contingent on Iraqi leaders becoming more...

  • Obama does not rule out air strikes against Iraq insurgents

    June 12, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    The United States is not ruling out air strikes to assist the Iraqi government fight a growing radical Islamist insurgency, President Barack Obama said on Thursday, raising the possibility of the first American military intervention in Iraq since the end of the U.S.-led war.

    ...
  • Obama warns of U.S. action as jihadists push on Baghdad, Iraq

    June 12, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    President Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.

    Iraqi Kurdish forces took advantage of the chaos to take...

  • Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace ‘undaunted in dialogue’

    June 8, 2014 | 8:02 pm

    Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

    The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli...

  • Jews should seek converts

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 2, 2014 | 10:11 am

    On Shavuos we read the story of Ruth, the Moabite convert, who has the most eloquent speech of the entire Bible: “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the...

  • Avi Oved: A new Jewish student leader

    May 28, 2014 | 4:50 pm

    Abraham “Avi” Oved, a Jewish student at UCLA, has been nominated to become the 2015-2016 student regent on the University of California Board of Regents.

    If the nomination is approved — the Board of Regents will vote at its July meeting — Oved will work alongside the first Muslim...

  • Israelis, Palestinians vie for Latino support during Pope’s visit

    By Simone Wilson

    May 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The first Latin American pope brought a wave of Latino love with him on his trip to the Holy Land last weekend.

    At Pope Francis’ public prayer at Manger Square on May 25 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, Spanish was being...

  • Sultan’s new Sharia laws prompt Jewish groups to shun Beverly Hills Hotel

    By Jared Sichel

    May 8, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    Some of Southern California’s largest Jewish organizations plan to stay away from the Beverly Hills Hotel, suspending future events at the landmark venue owned by the state-run Brunei Investment Agency.

    Their boycott was spurred by recent Sharia additions to the tiny Muslim...

  • 3 teen girls arrested for vandalizing Muslim gravestones

    April 23, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Israel Police arrested three teenage Jewish girls for vandalizing a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.

    On Tuesday night, the girls etched the words “Price Tag” on gravestones at the cemetery located just outside the walls of the Old City, according to news reports. They also spelled...

  • Ukrainian protest speaker to Jewish oligarchs: ‘Give Yanukovych a gun’

    February 20, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    An unidentified speaker onstage at the protest encampment in Kiev’s Independence Square told Jewish oligarchs to “give [Ukrainian President Viktor] Yanukovych a gun” and predicted the decline of their fortunes  they “earned using the work of [the Ukrainian] people.”

    The speech...

  • Who’s afraid of the African asylum seekers of South Tel Aviv?

    By Simone Wilson

    January 23, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    As a general rule in Tel Aviv, if your taxi driver is still gabbing about a national news event — more often than not, with a conservative slant — you can bet the topic is also trending citywide.

    And of five taxi drivers this reporter has flagged down over the past week, four...

  • USC’s Jews, Muslims unite in quest for meat

    By Jared Sichel

    January 10, 2014 | 1:27 pm

    A common quest to answer the question “Where’s the beef?” has brought together Jews and Muslims at the University of Southern California (USC).

    Until recently, junior Mushfiqur Chowdhury was forced to rely on Muslim Student Union (MSU) events or rides from friends to off-campus...

  • Small steps on NewGround for Muslims and Jews

    December 30, 2013 | 11:45 am

    On Saturday night, I joined 250 or so of my fellow Muslim and Jewish Angelinos at a storytelling event hosted by Mack Sennett Studios and sponsored by NewGround, an organization working to “replace the current atmosphere of mutual suspicion among Jews and Muslims” with a feeling of...

  • Nasrallah warns Israel that Hezbollah will avenge commander’s killing

    December 20, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday vowed to avenge Israel for the killing of a senior Hezbollah commander in Beirut earlier this month.

    Hassan Laqqis, who fought in Syria's civil war for the Lebanese Shi'ite militia, was shot dead outside his home on December 4.

    ...
  • Jews and Muslims, their common threads

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    December 19, 2013 | 5:07 pm

    The encounter between Jews and Muslims, which began during the lifetime of Mohammed, has never been without tensions and conflicts, perhaps never more so than today.  “A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day” (Princeton University Press, $75),...

  • The mysteries of Azerbaijan: A Shiite nation embraces its Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    December 18, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    Red Village rises up along the Qudiyal River like a Jewish Brigadoon.

    To get there, you fly 13 hours from Los Angeles to Istanbul, then catch a three-hour flight to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan — a former Soviet country of some 9 million people on the Caspian Sea. From Baku,...

  • The two Muslim narratives

    October 21, 2013 | 10:22 am

    The Muslim world finds itself amidst a battle of two narratives — one of oppression and one of justice.

    The oppressive narrative enforces death for blasphemy and/or apostasy and wants government that rejects the democratic ideal of separation of mosque and state. It relegates...

  • Raheel Raza’s Jihad

    By David Suissa

    October 3, 2013 | 11:00 am

    If the religion of Islam ever succeeds in eradicating its extremist and violent elements, it will be because of devout Muslim women like Raheel Raza, a long-time human rights activist from Pakistan.

    I came across Raza’s name on a piece she wrote last week on the Gatestone...

  • Report: Israeli agents backing Kenyan troops in bid to end Nairobi mall siege

    September 23, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Kenyan troops reportedly backed by Israeli agents launched an assault to end the siege by Somali militants at a Nairobi shopping mall.

    A Kenyan security source confirmed that Israelis “are rescuing the hostages and the injured” at the upscale Westgate mall, the French news agency...

  • Muslims, stop blaming Israel

    September 11, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    Whenever calamities befall Muslim-majority nations, there is always a country to blame: Israel. Is there a revolution against a tyrant? Zionists are responsible. Who else could be at fault if there is a clash between Sunni and Shia groups? The Jews. Did a bomb explode on the other...

  • Quebec seeks to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols

    September 10, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    The Canadian province of Quebec will not allow public servants to wear Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps or other obvious religious symbols under a new charter unveiled on Tuesday that is designed to cement a secular society.

    The pro-independence government of the...

  • Hacking groups calling for 9/11 cyber attacks against Israel, U.S. [VIDEO]

    September 10, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    International computer hacking groups called on Muslim hackers to attack U.S. and Israeli websites and other Internet presences on 9/11.

    The threat for Wednesday was posted last week in a YouTube video by the hacker groups Anonymous, AnonGhost and Fallaga. The groups are...

  • History and the war in Syria

    By Uri Dromi

    August 28, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    While the bloody civil war in Syria rages on, Israel keeps a watchful eye on the Israeli-Syrian border, making sure the fighting between the rebels and Assad’s forces doesn’t spill over into the Golan Heights.

    One of the rebel groups calls itself the Martyrs of the Yarmouk...

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