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  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    3 weeks ago

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read...

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    3 weeks ago

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read...

  • British Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace and tolerance

    August 28, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain.

    “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations...

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  • When God Cries

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 21, 2014 | 7:04 am

    In the absence of light we call night
    my children fall into the trusted dreams of tooth fairies and twirling ballerinas
    and through the sizzling silence
    I hear God crying.

    The tears are not kosher, nor halal, nor salty, nor of the cross.

    Pharaoh killed Hebrews’ first born...

  • What a dying business in Sderot looks like, even during cease-fire

    By Jared Sichel

    August 15, 2014 | 7:24 am

    In a narrow alleyway just next to Begin Square in the center of this Israeli city, shops, cafes and bakeries are so tightly packed together that with every few steps brings a new business.

    These merchants have, for years, been accustomed to the inhospitable reality of life in...

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 23, 2014 | 6:05 pm

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • Israel and Islamism are both occupying Palestine

    July 23, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    While Gazans, their Hamas leadership and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world condemn Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, now turning into a ground invasion, it’s time Muslims examined the Other Occupation: the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam.

    ...
  • Choose Life: Jews and Muslims working for peace together in Israel

    July 23, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    While violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has escalated in recent weeks, a small group is attempting to keep dialogue open between the disparate groups. 

    Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, 57, Rabbi Shaul Judelman, 35, and a growing number of Israeli West Bank settlers and...

  • Don’t kill us

    July 23, 2014 | 9:20 am

    We are teenagers on summer vacation. Some of us are religious Jews and some of us are religious Muslims. We are in different places and we come from different places.

    We are your future.  And four quite like us -- Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach, and Mohammed Abu...

  • How the Syrian-Muslim and American-Jew became best friends

    July 21, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    I’m sitting at a pub my first night in Cyprus with a group of strangers. Peering around at potential friends I begin to talk to this hilarious guy. Syria, he tells me, that’s where I am from. He giggles as he sees the shock in my eyes. “I am not going to bomb you, I promise.” He...

  • At L.A. cultural center, Middle East translates to coexistence, not conflict

    June 24, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    It’s Friday night, and patrons are sitting and chatting over plates of tagine and hummus waiting for the evening’s main event, a stand-up comedy show.

    It could be any nightspot in this city. But a closer look reveals a bolder agenda than just good food and entertainment.

    The...

  • Sons of Abraham: Talking Faith, Family and Friendship in the 21st Century

    By Salvador Litvak

    May 21, 2014 | 10:53 am

    A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What is this, a joke?”

    Actually, it’s a true story: the Muslim, Rahmi Mowjood, ordered a virgin mojito and shared Sufi poetry. The Jew related how he became the Accidental Talmudist. And the Christian, Jason...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 11, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful initiative called Budo for Peace (BFP.) It is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

    ...

  • It is essential for Muslims to remember the Nazi’s atrocities and to commemorate their victims

    January 27, 2014 | 9:36 am

    It is now a universally acknowledged fact that the Twentieth Century represents one of the darkest and bloodiest centuries in the history of humanity. The idea of Social Darwinism, the basics of which were put forth in the 19th Century, was the main reason that dragged the 20th...

  • Israeli forces clash with Palestinians over Temple Mount visits

    September 27, 2013 | 9:12 am

    Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem's Old City, reflecting growing tensions over an increase in Jewish visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound.

    Palestinian militants and youth groups have called for a general uprising in response to the entry by Jewish...

  • Is it the time to stop looking back and start looking forward?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 31, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    A few weeks ago, I sat in on a deep conversation with Mahmod, a friend of mine from school, and an Arab who lives in Israel. We talked about the current situation between Jews, Arabs and Palestinians in Israel and exchanged opinions about possible solutions.  Up until then, Mahmod...

  • Orthodox Jews pledge to guard London mosque

    June 28, 2013 | 9:16 am

    An Orthodox Jewish patrol group in London said it would protect a mosque after a rise in hate crimes against Muslims.

    The Shomrim patrol group accepted a request for protection by the North London Community Centre in Cazenove Road, an Islamic institution situated in the...

  • Blood and hate are flooding Europe

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Muslim communities in Europe are not something new. Many people suffered in middle-eastern lands, went searching for a new home where there is freedom of speech and equal rights, and started to settle in various European countries.  With time, they became more and more noticed. It...

  • April 24, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 24, 2013 | 3:30 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. officials not persuaded Syria used chemical weapons

    To Read: Michael Grunwald believes that avoiding death is a good enough reason for occasionally compromising some important freedoms-

    We’re often told that our liberties are under assault. The right...

  • Jewish Harvard Students: Be Smart II!

    By Orit Arfa

    March 8, 2013 | 7:13 pm

    Thank you Creative Zionist Coalition member, Sigal Walder, for a great suggestion on an "eviction notice" counter campaign on college campuses following Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee's stunt to intimidate Jewish students and play victim. As I've already reported in my last...

  • Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem vandalized

    February 14, 2013 | 6:24 am

    A historic Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem was vandalized in an apparent price tag attack.

    Stars of David, as well as the phrases "death to Arabs" and "Mohammed is dead" were discovered spray painted on gravestones in the Mamilla Cemetery in central Jerusalem on Thursday, according...

  • Rabbi Uziel’s overture to Muslim leaders

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 15, 2012 | 8:19 pm

    During our Sephardic Film Festival this past week, we screened a film telling the intriguing and inspirational life story of Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel, the first Sephardic Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel. Rabbi Uziel’s motto was “Loving Truth and Peace.” We also screened a...

  • February 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 24, 2012 | 5:01 am

    AIPAC and the Push Toward War

    Robert Wright of The Atlantic looks at the pro-Israel lobby’s support for a new resolution on Iran’s enrichment activity.

    The key is in the way the resolution deals with the question of whether Iran should be allowed to enrich uranium, as it’s been...

  • The big tent:  Jews, Muslims, Christians celebrate spirituality in a shared sacred space

    By Rachel Heller

    December 21, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Whirling Dervishes, an elaborate feast and a lecture by a prominent Muslim scholar – Musallah Tauhid’s joyous celebration of its move to a new home in 2008 heralded good times ahead for the Sufi Muslim worship group. As a friendly gesture, the group invited its new neighbors for...

  • Kosher BBQ competition is a hit among Jews—and some Muslims, too

    September 20, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    If there’s anything that can bring the Jews of Tennessee together, it would be barbecue.

    This past weekend, the 23rd annual Kosher BBQ Contest and Festival drew thousands of Jews from Tennessee and around the country.

    It attracted a group of Muslims, too. Turns out they’re not...

  • Pollsters probe depths of American fear at Museum of Tolerance’s pre-9/11 event

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 8, 2011 | 9:15 am

    A new national poll unveiled at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) on Sep. 7 finds Americans are worried about a nuclear Iran, afraid that China presents a military threat to the United States and concerned about the possibility of Islamic terror attacks perpetrated by American-born...

  • For Israel’s Muslims, Ramadan a time to celebrate Islam in the Jewish state

    August 25, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    Last week, Muslim and Jewish soldiers gathered after a day’s training to eat a communal iftar, the traditional break-the-fast meal eaten after sunset during the month-long observance of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan.

    “Ramadan isn’t just one day like the 17th of Tammuz or...

  • How to use Facebook to build friendships between French Muslims and Jews

    July 18, 2011 | 11:52 am

    At a glance, the Muslim-Jewish picnic at the peace fountain in Yitzhak Rabin Garden, in this city’s Bercy Park, looks like a reunion of old friends.

    Middle-aged men and women sit on blankets and laugh together, snacking on carrots and Middle Eastern pastries. A circle of women...

  • Jewish Dems blast GOP for singling out Muslims

    June 15, 2011 | 11:03 am

    The National Jewish Democratic Council blasted what it said was a Republican “obsession” with Muslims.

    An NJDC statement termed as “utterly unnecessary” a second hearing convened Wednesday by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland...

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