The last time I spoke with Israeli-born writer-director Rod Lurie—whose remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial film, “Straw Dogs,” opened this past week – was before the premiere of “The Contender” (2000), his political thriller about a female U.S. senator (Joan Allen) who...
Firebomb attack wounds Israeli father and daughter in West Bank
Sondheim’s Freudian ‘Woods’
Argentina’s president adopts Jewish godson
Israeli girl, 11, seriously injured in West Bank firebomb attack
U.S. agency pays Alan Gross in contract settlement
Ex-envoy Michael Oren announces Knesset run
Israel returns bodies of Har Nof terrorists
New construction approved in East Jerusalem
September 23, 2011 | 2:48 pm
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A collection of Egyptian artifacts unearthed 96 years ago by Jewish Egyptologist Georg Steindorff and forcibly sold under the Nazis will remain at the University of Leipzig.
The agreement worked out between the university and the Claims Conference was announced Wednesday.
March 8, 2011 | 10:46 am
January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am
Seeing an older lady at the grocery store today reminded me of my own Grandmother. She came to the U.S. a few years after we did. At 70 years old, she was eager to learn the culture, to try everything new, and to live the American dream. My Grandmother had lived through the...
November 18, 2010 | 11:32 am
Roger Ailes, the Fox News Channel chief, called National Public Radio executives “Nazis” and said “left-wing rabbis” make it difficult to use the term “Holocaust” on air.
Ailes made the comments in an interview with the Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz, who was canvassing recent...
June 10, 2010 | 12:18 pm
Some 43 countries have agreed on non-binding rules for the restitution of property seized by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
The rules were presented Wednesday in Prague by Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer and the U.S. State Department adviser for Holocaust assets Stuart Eizenstat....
May 25, 2010 | 4:28 pm
California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has joined a lawsuit to force the Norton Simon Museum to return two 500-year-old paintings to the heir of a Dutch Jewish art dealer.
At stake are “Adam and Eve,” painted on two wooden panels by 16th century German artist Lucas...
March 16, 2010 | 5:05 pm
If you ask 35-year-old violinist Daniel Hope about his Jewish heritage, make sure you have time. It’s a complicated question.
“On my mother’s side was an incredibly Orthodox Jewish family that goes back to the first rabbi of Potsdam,” he said during a recent late-night cell...
June 30, 2009 | 3:35 pm
May 26, 2009 | 1:31 pm
In the United States, one of the few limitations on free speech concerns the use of “fighting words”—“those that by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.” The doctrine comes from Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, a 1942 case in which the...
February 5, 2009 | 2:14 pm
January 23, 2009 | 10:57 am
It’s not something I bring up in polite company, but I often discuss Jewish power—“two words which, by themselves, can be harmless but which together form a verbal missile of hate”—right here on this blog. Why? Well, it’s an important topic, and it’s too easy to stay away from it for...
January 18, 2009 | 3:18 am
Sir Gerald Kaufman, the veteran MP of Britain’s Labour Party, had some astonishing things to say in Parliament the other day. Kaufman is—you guessed it—Jewish. He says that “Israel was borne out of Jewish terrorism,” which is true, and he’s not happy about what he considers to be...
January 5, 2009 | 2:47 pm
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November 25, 2008 | 6:54 pm
I imagine Michael Savage, who in June said the Israeli prime minister was leading his people into the gas chamber, as one of those wind-up dolls, except instead of saying “I love you” and “let’s be friends,” he rants on and on about the end of the world. Even Chicken Little...
November 24, 2008 | 12:37 pm
Nonie Darwish, the ex-Muslim and founder of Arabs for Israel, told the Israel National News that Muslim hatred for Jews is more dangerous and deeply rooted than it was for the Nazis:
“It isn’t a societal thing, it’s a religious thing,” she said. “It’s intrinsic to their lives...
November 3, 2008 | 6:15 pm
It’s unclear just how big a deal campaign endorsements actually are. What is clear is that you’ll give one if you are a big deal. I can’t imagine John McCain and Barack Obama have been clamoring for endorsements from racial supremacists and neo-Nazis, but Esquire spoke with a few of...
October 1, 2008 | 1:49 am
Here’s a form of violence you don’t often read about:
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly beat, stabbed and may have tried to castrate a young man whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife, according...
September 22, 2008 | 7:09 pm
Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News asks, “How is a rosary like a swastika?”
He attempts to answer his own question:
Both are religious symbols that have been tainted by association with people from outside the original faith. The swastika has been used by many cultures but is...
June 5, 2008 | 10:49 am
February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm
"Scream the truth at the world, so the world may know all," Dawid Gruber, 19, wrote in his final testament.
The place was the Warsaw Ghetto, the time August 1942, and Gruber placed his testament with thousands of other papers and documents on daily life under Nazi rule into 10 tin...
January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm
"The World Hitler Never Made," by Gavriel Rosenfeld (Cambridge University Press, $30).
In 1979, comedian Al Franken wrote a skit for "Saturday Night Live" called "What if: Überman," featuring Dan Aykroyd as Klaus Kent, a clerk in Hitler's Ministry of Propaganda. Klaus dashes into...
November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm
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July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm
The withdrawal of Israeli settlements and settlers from the Gaza Strip will dominate the Jewish summer.
Now, you can think that's a good idea or a bad one, be for it or against it. All that's fine and in the best tradition of Judaism. What is not fine and what is desecrating Judaism...
May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm
April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm
As 14-year-old Lisa Jura said goodbye to her mother at a Vienna train station in 1938, Jura’s mother spoke words that would inspire her for a lifetime: “Hold on to your music. It will be your best friend.”
Jura didn’t imagine that these words — and how her life came to embody...
April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Maria V. Altmann, a tall, animated 89-year-old, found her story splashed on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times on April 14.
The next morning, she warmly welcomed a visitor to her art-filled redwood bungalow in Cheviot Hills. For the next 80 minutes,...
March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm