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  • UNESCO halts Israel’s Jewish history show after Arab nations protest

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 17, 2014 | 10:34 am

    [For documents related to this article, see below]

    UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, abruptly and indefinitely postponed the Jan. 20 opening of an exhibition in Paris on the 3,500-year history of Jews in the land of Israel, after a...

  • Moving and Shaking: Louis Josephson named president/CEO, Ed Royce Sr. honored

    By Ryan Torok

    August 14, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    Louis Josephson

    Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services has named mental health professional Louis Josephson as its new president/CEO. His hiring became effective July 1.

    “Vista’s long history, rich heritage and solid reputation make me excited to accept this challenge....

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Naso with Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 17, 2013 | 5:29 am

    Our special guest today is Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization with over 400,000 family members.

    For three decades, Rabbi Cooper has overseen the Wiesenthal Center’s international social action agenda...

  • Wrestling with it: U.S. vs. Iran

    May 15, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Iran is a mainstay in international wrestling. The United States has a long and proud wrestling history, too. In February, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) policy-making executive board moved to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games program. Sports officials in...

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  • Twitter rife with hate speech, terror activity

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 20, 2013 | 9:08 am

    When it comes to stemming the proliferation of hate speech on social media, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, likes Facebook’s attitude.

    “They have rules,” Cooper said of the $63.5 billion social media giant, which has a policy to remove content...

  • No verdict from jury in Shangri-La case after first day of deliberations [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 10, 2012 | 10:23 am

    UPDATE: As of 4:35 pm on Friday, Aug. 10, the jury had yet to come back with a verdict in the case. Deliberations are set to resume on Monday morning.

    The jury in the discrimination case brought by members of a pro-Israel group against the Hotel Shangri-La and its owner ended its...

  • Jewish life in France: Progress amid ongoing concerns

    By Tom Tugend

    August 1, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    On March 19, Mohamed Merah, 23, attacked the Ozar HaTorah school in Toulouse in southern France, killing three students and a rabbi.

    The young Muslim subsequently died in a shootout with police, but within 10 days of the killing spree there were 90 anti-Semitic incidents throughout...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center urges German Chancellor to pass law declaring circumcision legal

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 6, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    In the wake of a German court’s ruling in June that declared nonconsensual religious circumcision to be inflicting “bodily harm” on boys, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center have called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders...

  • 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...

  • Museum of Tolerance and political group to hold ‘provocative’ 9/11-themed event

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 6, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    On Sept. 7, just days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is set to host two political pollsters for an event the museum is calling “provocative.”

    At the event, titled “9/11 + 10: Public Attitudes about Security Threats—Domestic and...

  • Iraqi First Lady at Museum of Tolerance: I remember the Jews of Kurdistan

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2008 | 8:02 pm

    The wife of Iraqi president Jalal Talabani paid a visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday, toured its Museum of Tolerance, and recalled her friendship with the Jews of her Kurdish hometown.

    Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, the petite first lady of Iraq, briefly recalled the killings and...
  • Local Shuls Were Alleged Targets

    By Tom Tugend

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The target list of an alleged cell of homegrown terrorists included two synagogues located in the Pico-Robertson corridor, The Journal has learned.

    The target information emerged as a federal grand jury issued four indictments last week in the ongoing probe. It was confirmed by a...

  • Saddam Should Face Iraq ‘Nuremberg’ Trial

    By Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Smoked out of his rat hole by the U.S. Army, there was the Iraqi dictator, not spewing propaganda but having his heavily bearded mouth probed by a latex-gloved medic. The doctor may not only have been extracting a DNA sample but searching for a cyanide capsule -- the type used by...

  • If Seeing Is Believing, Who’s Seeing?

    By Akiva Gottlieb

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As an amateur film critic, I pride myself on being able to separate the subject from the art. To paraphrase Roger Ebert, a movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about what it's about. In past years, I've enjoyed wonderful films about heroin use, pedophilia and...

  • Pressure Power?

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Henry Bean can barely contain his anger when he talks about the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    He blames the center, and particularly its associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, for spoiling a likely deal with Paramount Classics to distribute his prize-winning film "The Believer."

    Cooper...

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