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  • Is France Hopeless?

    By Rob Eshman

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    One morning in April 2002, CNN Frankfurt bureau chief Chris Burns stepped into Emanuel Weintraub's Paris apartment near the Eiffel Tower, took a look around, and said, "We thought you'd be packing. Where are the suitcases?"

    Weintraub told the disappointed reporter that he wasn't...

  • Boom! Water Shot Through the Beach

    By Paul Alan Smith

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I was on the island of Koh Lanta on Dec. 26. Koh Lanta is just east of Phuket and Ko Phi Phi Island and part of the province of Krabi, Thailand.

    The island is made up of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. I had visited this small island earlier in the year, and was blown away both...

  • Closing the Gap on Believers

    By Jack Miles

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Is religion more prominent or less today in American life? Is it fading away or roaring ahead? Articles about the conservative Christian influence in the Bush administration point -- often fearfully -- in one direction. Statistics about the disappearance of young adults in the 18-30...

  • Jewish Militia: Fact or Ficton?

    By Carole Raphaelle Davis

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Paris on Sept. 28, two-dozen men armed with clubs and wearing motorcycle helmets stormed the Pays de Cocagne bookshop on the Rue Vieille du Temple to the cries of Israel vaincra! (Israel will be victorious.) Six people were slightly injured.

    The men disrupted the book-signing...

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  • From Durban to Beersheba

    By Harold Brackman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • Sudan—Why We Can’t Give Up on the U.N.

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Over 30,000 people have been brutally murdered in the Darfur region of Sudan. At least 120,000 are living in tent camps, now being hammered by rains that turn the dust to mud. Diseases that thrive in the soggy ground continue, along with malnutrition, to drive the body count higher.

    ...

  • UC Irvine Graduation Clash Fizzles

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A feared confrontation between Jewish and Muslim students during graduation ceremonies at UC Irvine was largely avoided June 19, following a week of heated charges and countercharges.

    Several members of the Muslim Student Union wore stoles, or broad strips of green cloth, over their...

  • Melting Pot for Peace

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to imagine a period when Jews and Arabs got along -- but that's apparently what they did from 800-1400 B.C.E., in the historical Al-Andalus period. In Spain and North Africa, Jews, Christians and Muslims got together and collaborated on arts and sciences to create one of...

  • When Arab Means Never Saying Sorry

    By Nonie Darwish

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Muslim culture, during the Daheyah (sacrifice) feast, Muslims bring a lamb into the home for a ritual slaughter accompanied by the invocation, "Allahu Akbar," in the presence of the family and the children.

    Now we see the Daheyah of radical Islam to be Jews such as Nick Berg and...

  • Are Muslims Endangered?

    By Idan Ivri

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Heightened ethnic and religious hatred might be rearing its ugly head in California -- but some politicians are eager to stand in its way.

    State Assemblymember Judy Chu introduced and saw passage of Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64 in early April. The resolution condemns hate...

  • Egyptian Woman Speaks Out for Israel

    By Lea Silverman

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Nonie Darwish spreads an Egyptian newspaper across her knees and points to an old black-and-white photograph of a family. She identifies her father, mother and siblings in the photo.

    "I am 8 years old here," she says and gestures to the image of a serious little girl. The photo was...

  • Community Briefs

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Opera Collaboration Continues to 2005

    The New Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and the Los Angeles Opera will extend their ongoing collaboration with a production of Camille Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" during the 2005 season.

    Academy Award-winning film director William Friedkin...

  • Your Letters

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Math Problem

    It's a shame that in her zeal to pin the state's budget problems on the Democrats, Jill Stewart attacks the community colleges and the disabled community in her opinion piece, "Math Problem" (March 19).

    As a math instructor at community colleges and the father of a...

  • Hostility to Jews Permeates New Iraq

    By Nir Rosen

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Last August, when Imam Mahdi al Jumeili of the small Hudheifa Mosque in Baghdad's Shurti neighborhood met three American officers to resolve a dispute over soldiers entering the grounds of his mosque, his first question was: "Are any of you Jews?"

    When he was satisfied that none...

  • What Made Saddam Run?

    By Reuven Firestone

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What was the driving force behind Saddam Hussein's behavior? Was it his Arabness? His Islam? Or just generic cruelty?

    There is a famous story from the Jahiliyya, that long period in Arabia before the emergence of Islam, about a Jew named Samaw'al (Samuel) B. Adiya. He was entrusted...

  • Jews’ Long History in Turkey

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish presence in Turkey usually is dated to 1492, when the Ottoman emperor Beyazit II welcomed Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition to his territory.

    In fact, though, Jewish life in the area has been traced back to at least the fourth century B.C.E. During the Byzantine...

  • Beyond Despair

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Last September, in Khartoum, Sudan, a rumor surfaced that Westerners were going about town, shaking the hands of Muslims, and thereby causing the Muslim's penises to disappear. Really. This was reported in the Arabic language Al-Quds Al-Arabi and translated by the Middle East Media...

  • Anti-Zionism Views Reach UC Riverside

    By Tom Tugend

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An inflammatory poster equating Zionism with Nazism at the University of California's Riverside (UCR) campus has mobilized Jewish students and faculty, drawn strong condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and cautious responses from university officials.

    The offensive...

  • Israel Links With Cyberkids

    By The Washington Jewish Week

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Get them while they're young. The Israeli embassy has just launched a new Web site, and the hasbarah -- an Israeli word which means public relations as well as propaganda -- is aimed at children.

    Two years in the making, the colorful animated site (www.embassyofisrael.org/kids...

  • Local Iranians Avoid Spotlight as Protests Sweep Homeland

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As student protests against the Iranian regime swept the streets of Tehran and other cities in the country, the large Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles followed developments with fervent interest, while keeping a low public profile.

    Actively cheering on the protestors is Rep....

  • Interfaith Ties Bloom

    By Marc Ballon

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Sande Hart grew increasingly disgusted by disparaging remarks some of her friends -- both Jewish and not -- made about Muslims. The Koran, they said, preached killing Jews and other infidels; Islam was a hate-filled religion, with few redeeming...

  • Indiscreet in the IDF

    By Dutch Griffin

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I recently joined some 30 volunteers from a dozen countries as part of Sar-El Volunteers For Israel to work with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). As a Christian Zionist on his third visit to Israel this year, I was mostly united in purpose with the others who came at the outset of...

  • Jews Vulnerable in Muslim Lands

    By Rachel Pomerance

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As the U.S. military pounds Iraq, Jewish communities in Muslim countries may become increasingly vulnerable.

    Jews not only are tiny minorities in the Muslim world, but to some of their surrounding public, they represent the perceived twin threats of Israel and America.

    As...

  • In Search of Moderate Muslims

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Khaled Abou El Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at UCLA, estimates that two years ago he received between 30 and 40 requests from around the country to participate in interfaith dialogues between Jews and Muslims.

    Last year he received just one.

    "They just vanished," he said...

  • Persian Jews Protest Recent INS Tactics

    By Tom Tugend

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Members of the Persian Jewish community in Los Angeles are accusing the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service of mistreatment during a federally mandated registration of certain groups of immigrants.

    "We know of some Iranian-born Jews who are being held under subhuman...

  • Rabin’s Funeral

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Given the atmosphere in the Middle East today, it is hard to believe that just seven years ago, on Nov. 6, 1995, a Jewish funeral took place where the deceased was surrounded and eulogized by Jews and Arabs. Yes, this week marks the seventh anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister...

  • The Chosen One

    By Michael Kamber

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I believed Daniel Pearl was dead all along.

    Weeks before the U.S. government confirmed his death, I thought it unlikely he would return alive. I returned in December from reporting for the Village Voice from Pakistan, exhausted from being stoned, punched and chased by Islamic...

  • To Become American

    By Gina Nahai

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I'm 11-years-old, my world a patchwork of mixed identities and conflicting beliefs, my eyes searching for a horizon I cannot yet see but that I follow almost by instinct. It's August in New York -- a long and gray stretch of humidity and noise, people speaking to me in an accent I...

  • Trying to Talk

    By Tom Tugend

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Relations between Southern California's 600,000 Jews and 500,000 Muslims, which have been marked by roller coaster-like ups and downs over a 50-year history, have hit near bottom in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    With more than 200 hate crimes against Arab Americans...

  • Common Fears

    By Mike Levy

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As thousands raced from the office towers of Manhattan, Jewish leaders in Los Angeles scrambled in two directions at once.

    The safety of the Jewish community during the High Holy Days had to be reevaluated. At the same time, major Jewish organizations expressed the need to speak out...

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