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  • Will love win?

    By David Suissa

    3 hours ago

    “Love wins” was a popular reaction throughout social media last week to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. I thought about that wonderful slogan as I attended two love-filled religious events — one connected to Islam and one to Christianity.

    The events made me...

  • Islamic State urges followers to escalate attacks in Ramadan

    1 week ago

    Islamic State urged its followers on Tuesday to escalate attacks against Christians, Shi'ites and Sunni Muslims fighting with a U.S.-led coalition against the ultra-radical group.

    Jihadists should turn the holy month of Ramadan, which began last week, into a time of "calamity for...

  • Crowds gather for anti-Islam demonstration outside Phoenix mosque

    May 29, 2015 | 10:08 pm

    More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative protest that was denounced by counter-protesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," weeks after an anti-Muslim event in Texas came under attack by two gunmen.

    ...
  • Houthis launch assault on critical media in Yemen

    May 20, 2015 | 4:52 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    An atmosphere of intimidation is silencing Yemen’s journalists. At least 100 media outlets have closed out of fear that they will be targeted by Houthi fighters who are waging a campaign to mute criticism of the Shi’ite Islamist...

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  • Madonna stirs controversy with Instagram photo of Jewish and Muslim men embracing

    May 19, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    Madonna's Instagram account has become a source of controversy yet again. 

    The pop star made headlines on Sunday when she shared a photo of a Jewish man and a Muslim man embracing, seemingly about to kiss. In the caption, Madonna included the hashtag of "Rebel Heart," her recent...

  • Jews are America’s richest religious group, Muslims are the youngest, and other numbers from Pew.

    By Jared Sichel

    May 12, 2015 | 11:42 am

    The Pew Research Center released its “America’s Changing Religious Landscape” survey on Tuesday. The loudest numbers in there are the declining share of America’s Christians (in relative and absolute terms) and the growing share of its “nones” (people who are unaffiliated with any...

  • Lassana Bathily: The Muslim who saved French Jews

    By David Suissa

    April 9, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of Lassana Bathily, a French-speaking African-born Muslim, just 24, whom I met on his recent visit to Los Angeles.

    It’s early Friday afternoon on Jan. 9, and Bathily is at work at the Hyper Cacher market in Paris, where he has been living since...

  • Time for a kosher hot dog and a beer and Dodger baseball

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 8, 2015 | 4:07 pm

    Spring is upon us. The seders are over, the Iran problem endures. Romance is in the air and, with romance, some men’s and women’s hearts turn to baseball. 

    I dutifully bought my season-ticket package of 40 games to Dodger Stadium — 40, not 81, because I don’t attend on Shabbat...

  • Exodus, my very own experience

    April 2, 2015 | 6:44 pm

    On Passover eve, seder night, Jews from all over the world gather at their homes with family and friends to recite the story of the Exodus. For thousands of years, as children, we were told to tell our children and to tell their children about our ancestors’ slavery and their...

  • Pew study: Muslims to overtake American Jews by 2050

    April 2, 2015 | 2:26 pm

    In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

    The report, which was released Thursday, also found that more American Jews are leaving Judaism than non-Jews are joining the Jewish people.

    According to “The...

  • Al Shabaab kills at least 147 at Kenyan university; siege ends

    April 2, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    Gunmen from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed a university in Kenya and killed at least 147 people on Thursday, in the worst attack on Kenyan soil since the U.S. embassy was bombed in 1998.

    The siege ended nearly 15 hours after the Somali group's gunmen shot their...

  • Hebrew University-UCLA exchange program aims to expand med students’ horizons

    March 31, 2015 | 10:54 am

    For the past three months, a trio of sixth-year students from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem saw patients at UCLA and participated in grand rounds, during which they reviewed each patient’s status with the attending physician, residents and other medical...

  • Food: The great uniter

    By Ryan Torok

    March 10, 2015 | 5:56 pm

    Several Muslim and Jewish students are working with UC San Diego leadership toward opening a dining hall that offers kosher and halal hot food options. 

    In so doing, the school will become the first campus in the University of California system to have this kind of a dining hall,...

  • Shaming the murderers

    By David Suissa

    February 25, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    A religious Muslim who murders an innocent person in the name of the Quran desecrates his own religion. I wish that idea had been the theme of last week’s White House Conference on Violent Extremism. 

    Instead, President Barack Obama went out of his way to take religion out of...

  • Copenhagen police forbid ‘peace ring’ at attacked synagogue

    February 23, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    Copenhagen police denied a request by Danish Muslims to create a peace ring around a city synagogue that came under a deadly attack.

    Police cited security concerns for rejecting the request by organizers, according to Danish media reports.

    “We have chosen to say no because of a...

  • Norway’s Muslims form protective human shield around synagogue

    February 23, 2015 | 11:08 am

    More than 1,000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend.

    Chanting "No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia,"...

  • Copenhagen attacks challenge soft Nordic approach to radicals

    February 19, 2015 | 11:28 am

    Known for a soft approach to security that emphasizes helping radical Muslim youths with housing and jobs, Denmark may face pressure after the Copenhagen attacks to prioritize tougher laws and more resources for the police.

    The weekend's deadly shootings at a cafe and synagogue...

  • Muslims offer to protect Oslo synagogue with ‘peace ring’

    February 19, 2015 | 10:44 am

    Hajrad Arshad, the event’s 17-year-old organizer, told Norway’s state broadcaster NRK that the group aimed to “extinguish the prejudices people have against Jews and against Muslims.”

    “We think that after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of Jews that is happening,” she said.

    Ervin Kohn, the leader of Oslo’s Jewish community welcomed the initiative.

    Read more at The Local.

  • Divers discover huge hoard of gold coins off Israeli coast

    February 18, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Scuba divers have discovered a rare haul of gleaming 1,000-year-old gold coins inscribed in Arabic on the sea bed off Israel, a find archaeologists say may shed light on Muslim rule in that age.

    Some 2,000 coins dated to the 11th century, a period when the Fatimid Islamic dynasty...

  • Why Jews must stay in Europe

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2015 | 4:08 pm

    If, God forbid, some crazy Muslim were to shoot and kill a security guard outside a synagogue in Sherman Oaks, would you pack up and move to Israel?

    No, of course not. One crazed gunman does not a pogrom make.

    Unless you’re Benjamin Netanyahu.

    That seemed to be the logic...

  • Yemen’s last Jews eye exodus after Islamist militia takeover

    February 15, 2015 | 10:56 am

    A few worried families are all that remain of Yemen's ancient Jewish community, and they too may soon flee after a Shi'ite Muslim militia seized power in the strife-torn country this month.

    Harassment by the Houthi movement – whose motto is "Death to America, death to Israel,...

  • Chaos is my Heaven: Q-and-A with Itai Anghel

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    Rob Eshman: What year did you first meet Commander Media, the leader of the female militia you film in your documentary.

    Itai Anglel: 2010.  She was already a commander. So when I saw her now, it was very good, you know. It meant for her, you know, that, “Okay, it’s fine. He can...

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

    By Jared Sichel

    January 22, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    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

    January 21, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    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

    January 21, 2015 | 11:43 am

    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

    January 21, 2015 | 11:20 am

    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...

  • What’s next for the Jews of France?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 21, 2015 | 11:11 am

    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

    January 20, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    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

    January 16, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    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

    January 16, 2015 | 9:40 am

    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...

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