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  • Pearl, Ahmed Awarded $100K Prize for Fight Against Intolerance; Shin Bet Seeks High-Tech Experts

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Pearl, Ahmed Awarded $100K Prize for Fight Against Intolerance

    Judea Pearl and Akbar Ahmed, a Jew and a Muslim, are the joint recipients of a new $100,000 prize for their campaign against intolerance and the roots of terrorism.

    The Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. professors were...

  • Ex-Iran President’s U.S. Visit Is Slap in the Face

    By Pooya Dayanim

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The issuance of a U.S. visa to Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran until he was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Khatami's presence this week on U.S. soil, is an insult to the American people, a slap in the face to Iran's pro-democracy movement, a...

  • Jewish, Muslim Filmmakers Team Up on Documentary

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With all of the negative images about Jewish-Muslim clashes in the world, it is nice to see a documentary, directed and produced by a Jew and a Muslim, about a Muslim son taking over his father's slaughterhouse business in Queens, N.Y.

    "A Son's Sacrifice," which will be screened...

  • Communities on Alert After Seattle Shootings

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish communities are being urged to remain vigilant, be in touch with police and other law enforcement agencies and review their security arrangements after a fatal shooting at Seattle's Jewish federation offices. The alleged gunman, identified by police as Naveed Afzal Haq, said...

  • Iranian Muslims Can’t Forget Shoah

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the Iranian Jews of Los Angeles, remembering the Shoah has taken on a new, sorrowful resonance in the wake of recent statements denying the Holocaust by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At the same time, this year's observance will be buoyed by the presence of Iranian...

  • ‘State Department for Jews’ Hits 100

    By Dina Kraft

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In a meeting room with gold silk curtains and tiled walls, a delegation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) takes their seats at a long, glass-topped table facing Tunisia's foreign minister and his aides.

    Soon the questions begin: When will Tunisia resume official relations...

  • When Faiths Jam

    By Rob Eshman

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At the Southern California Islamic Center last Saturday night, only Shawn Landres dared utter a four-letter word. That word was, "kumbaya."

    Yes, the evening brought together about 150 Jews, Muslims and Christians for a night of prayer and music at the center, which had never before...

  • French Rally Against Jew’s Torture Death

    By Brett Kline

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Paris -- The brutal murder of a young Jewish man in Paris is roiling the community and reviving questions over whether France is a safe place for Jews.

    In an incident that has dominated headlines across the country, Ilan Halimi, 23, was lured away from the store where he sold mobile...

  • Wiesenthal’s Project in Jerusalem on Hold Amid Dispute

    By Tom Tugend

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Since its beginning in 1977, with one phone and a very long extension cord, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has seemingly moved from one success to the next, with its shrewd, strategic planning and winning message of tolerance. Now it faces a daunting, unfamiliar and...

  • Shlomo’s World

    By Howard Blume

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shlomo Wollins begins his narration well before we reach Hebron, a city on the very fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His tour, by car and by foot, on this late January day is an entry into a worldview of The Chosen and The Other, in which Jews, God's Good Guys, are the...

  • A Bitter Pill for Europe to Swallow

    By Dinah Spritzer

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Danish employee of the European Union in Brussels confides that she is so fearful of Muslim anger over the now-infamous cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper that she is afraid to go home.

    Unnerved Danish members of the European Parliament refuse to comment on...

  • Don’t Ignore the Quiet Majority of Muslims

    By Salam Al-Marayati

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most Muslims -- and especially American Muslims -- cannot fairly be accused of hypersensitivity when it comes to the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. That's because most Muslims have not overreacted, despite the stereotypic images served up by the media. In fact, most...

  • Tommywood - Comedy Matters

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "After 9/11, all I did was sit around and be scared," Albert Brooks told me recently. "After a year and a half," Brooks now says, "I just got tired of it."

    He wondered, "Why isn't this being processed? Do we never mention it?" Looking at what Hollywood was releasing to the public,...

  • Iranian Muslims Brush Up on Shoah

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted more than two-dozen representatives from local Iranian Muslim news outlets this month to provide them with information about the Holocaust that they can, in turn, use to educate their readers, listeners and viewers.

    "We are looking to introduce the...

  • ‘Fear of Unknown’ Enters Pop Culture

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday, as America commemorates the fourth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, films, television, plays and books are just beginning to grapple seriously with the phenomena of suicide bombings and terrorism.

    The lag time between a cataclysmic experience and its...

  • List, Muslim Gangs Prompt Terror Probe

    By Tom Tugend

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    An investigation into alleged home-grown Muslim extremists has yielded another arrest and prompted law-enforcement agencies and Jewish institutions to tighten security as the Jewish High Holidays approach.

    The probe by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has apparently broadened...

  • Challenge Kashers National Brazil Dish

    By Bill Hinchberger

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The pleasant smell drifted not heavenward but into the O Shil Beit Chabad Itaim Synagogue, distracting the faithful from their prayers.

    Next door, the Bolinha restaurant was gearing up for its usual barrage of patrons on Saturday, when Brazilians traditionally partake of their...

  • Iran’s New Export—Suicide Bombers

    By Nooredin Abedian

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Behind the horrible scenes left by four explosions in London on July 7, loomed a more fearsome reality: The perpetrators, most of them very young, had voluntarily turned themselves into living bombs. Europe experienced its first suicide bombings. More horrible yet, was that not even...

  • Letters

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Young Philanthropists

    I read with interest Daniel Akst's excellent article on youth philanthropy in your July 22 issue, titled, "Getting Kids Into Charity Pays Off Big." The Jewish Journal provides a tremendous service to the community through its informative coverage of this...

  • ‘Yeah, But:’ 2 Words Lead to Dark Side

    By Hesham A. Hassaballa

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks in London, I can't help but despair at the ever-spiraling violence in our world today. And it pains me even more deeply that a significant portion of that violence occurs at the hands of Muslims in the name of Islam.

    Of course, we have all...

  • Articles of Faith

    By Rob Eshman

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    I keep wondering how the editors of Newsweek will frame their upcoming editorial note correcting their misreported story on the Quran desecration.

    At least 17 people were killed in riots that broke out after the May 1 Newsweek story asserting that American interrogators at...

  • Three Faiths Unite in Pilgrimage

    By Mahmoud Abdel-Baset

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    On Feb. 10, 40 Jews, Christians and Muslims will embark on a joint "spiritual pilgrimage" to Israel and Jordan. The trip will focus solely on religious themes common to all three faiths. The author, an Egyptian-born engineer, is one of the trip's organizers. You can learn more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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