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  • Kerry: Some funds released under Iran deal will go to terrorism

    2 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran would likely use some money freed by the lifting of sanctions for terrorism, but if it does, it will be subject to separate sanctions.

    “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are...

  • Islamic State shows new strategy with Istanbul attack

    3 weeks ago

    The latest Islamic State (ISIS) bombing in Turkey, which killed 11 tourists, marks a change in the group’s strategy.

    Ten Germans and one Peruvian were killed, and at least a dozen injured in a suicide bombing in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood on Tuesday.

    “Clearly...

  • One father loves Israel, the other hates it. Guess which one is Arab?

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    January 5, 2016 | 5:14 pm

    I was struck by the contrasting reactions of the fathers of two accused terrorists, both Israelis. One son shot up a Tel Aviv pub, murdering two and wounding seven, while the other firebombed a house killing an infant boy and his parents and severely injuring his 4-year-old...

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  • Americans fear vulnerability to terror in new year

    January 4, 2016 | 2:21 pm

    Americans were as shocked as everyone else when two terrorists shot up the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine last January, but they did not think that they were threatened by an attack which had targeted the creators of a series of cartoons mocking Mohammed, a satirical genre...

  • With gunman still at large, Tel Aviv streets go quiet

    January 4, 2016 | 10:22 am

    Until Friday, this city had been largely untouched by the recent wave of near-daily attacks by Palestinians on Israeli civilians.

    Several incidents had struck Tel Aviv — a soldier was stabbed with a screwdriver outside Israel Defense Forces headquarters in October and, the...

  • Duma reaction shows gap in Israeli and Palestinian responses to terror

    December 31, 2015 | 1:46 pm

    I won’t soon forget the morning of July 31, when I awoke to the horrific news that a firebomb had been hurled at a Palestinian house in the West Bank village of Duma while the family living there was asleep inside. Three people were burned to death, including a baby boy. “Nekama,”...

  • In defense of optimism

    By Rob Eshman

    December 30, 2015 | 10:46 am

    When I was learning Hebrew, I asked an Israeli friend the word for “optimistic.”

    Optimi,” he said.

    “There’s no native word?” I asked.

    “Well,” he asked back, “why would we need one?”

    It doesn’t come easy to us Jews, this thing called optimism. And this year we seem to be in...

  • Worried by terrorist attacks, some L.A. shuls hike security

    December 16, 2015 | 10:45 am

    Shortly after the November terrorist attacks in Paris, the board of trustees at Sinai Temple held an emergency meeting during which the members voted to double the number of armed guards posted at the prominent Westside synagogue. Sinai’s extra guards were in place by the next...

  • Swiss see ‘terrorist threat’ in Geneva, hunt for suspects

    December 10, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    The Swiss city of Geneva raised its alert level on Thursday and said it was looking for suspects who, according to national officials, had possible links to terrorism.

    A security guard at the United Nations' European headquarters told Reuters that Swiss authorities were searching...

  • President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address or: ‘The Plot Against America II’

    By David N. Myers

    December 9, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    January 16, 2018

    “My Fellow Americans, Vice President Palin, distinguished members of Congress, and esteemed guests, I am deeply honored to offer this State of the Union address, my first since being elected your president in November 2016. 

    I must commence with a warning. ...

  • Another deadly 21st-Century innovation: Pledging allegiance to ISIS on Facebook

    By Harold Brackman

    December 9, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    We need to transform social media from a terrorist megaphone and communications network into a tool that can be used by socially responsible individuals and nongovernmental organizations as well as law enforcement to combat the global epidemic of jihadi violence. 

    We now know...

  • Religion and prayer after San Bernardino

    December 7, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    From almost the moment the news broke Wednesday about the shooting in San Bernardino, this tragedy became a debate about religion. As politicians took to Twitter to offer their “thoughts and prayers” for the victims, many responded that thoughts and prayers in the face of such a...

  • After San Bernardino, don’t let fear change our daily routines

    December 7, 2015 | 10:57 am

    With the recent shooting in San Bernardino, television and social media have yet again brought images of fatalities and injuries and the grief of those directly affected into our homes. For many Americans, and in particular the Jewish community, the constant streaming of these...

  • The San Bernardino terrorists’ 6-month-old

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 7, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Think about the day she finds out who her parents were.

    For a while, all she’ll know is that, yes, she did have a mommy and daddy, but they died. But one day, whoever is then caring for her may be unable to avoid telling her the rest of the story — how they abandoned her to do a...

  • In Oval Office speech, Obama pledges to destroy Islamic State

    December 7, 2015 | 8:20 am

    Calling last week’s mass killing in San Bernardino an “act of terrorism,” President Barack Obama pledged in a nationally televised Oval Office address to destroy the so-called Islamic State.

    “It is clear the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization,” Obama said...

  • FBI investigating California massacre as ‘act of terrorism’

    December 4, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    The FBI is investigating this week's massacre of 14 people by a married couple in California as an "act of terrorism," officials said on Friday, noting that the female shooter had pledged allegiance to a leader of the militant group Islamic State.

    Tashfeen Malik, 27, a native of...

  • Islamic State’s online supporters include 300 Americans

    December 1, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    Active online supporters of the Syria-based Islamic State movement now include about 300 people identifiable as Americans, said a study by academic experts published on Tuesday.

    George Washington University's Program on Extremism said in the study that the number of other...

  • The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 24, 2015 | 6:57 pm

    On Nov. 19, less than a week after the deadly series of terrorist attacks in Paris, Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the 134-year-old refugee resettlement organization, was summoned to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress. The...

  • To be a Jew means ‘I love you’

    November 23, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    On Thursday last week, a suicide bomber murdered forty three human beings in Beirut and injured two hundred and forty. On Friday last week, a suicide bomber murdered nineteen human beings in Bagdad and injured thirty three. In Paris, seven men murdered one hundred twenty three...

  • A Twitter Yizkor: Memorial for Israeli Victims of Terror Launched on Twitter

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    November 18, 2015 | 11:32 pm

    The double murder of Rabbi Yaakov (44) and Natanel Litman (18) on Friday, November 13th, was quickly overshadowed by the immense and horrific massacres across Paris later that night.

    But even without the massacre, the names and stories of Israelis murdered in the past few months...

  • Is Islam to blame for the Paris attacks?

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 18, 2015 | 10:27 am

    Right after the Paris attacks, still reeling from the cruelty of it all, I emailed a friend.

    “Why Paris?” 

    “The terrorists will always focus on liberal democracies where they can operate freely, exploiting the very freedom and liberty that they want to annihilate,” he wrote...

  • Islamic State attack on ‘Crusader France’ also killed Muslims

    November 18, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Among the dead in last week's Paris attacks were two sisters celebrating a birthday, a promising architect, a talented musician and a woman shot while out doing some late shopping.

    What they had in common was that they were Muslims killed in the random slaughter carried out by...

  • Terror is terror

    November 17, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    The international outrage over the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris is absolutely on target. But the absence of an outcry over the weeks of attacks against Jews in Israel — stabbings, shootings and car rammings are among the most common tactics — is equally outrageous.

    ...
  • Heads of the Hydra

    November 16, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    This time it’s Paris. It was already Paris earlier this year. It was also Madrid, London, New York and suburban Washington D.C., and it was the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk in 1999, and the infamous Moscow theater disaster in 2002. In each case, terrible...

  • Carnage in Paris sends shudders through tourist sector

    November 16, 2015 | 9:52 am

    The carnage in Paris has sent shudders through the tourism sector in one of the world's most visited cities with hotel owners, tour operators and others in the industry hoping the expected drop-off in visitors will not last long.

    Shares in tourism companies fell sharply across...

  • How the Paris attacks changed the world

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 16, 2015 | 4:14 am

    Terrorism of the kind we saw in Paris last week tends to ignite a strong emotional response, but it does not always prompt a government, or its public, to strong, prolonged visible action.

    Thus, any attempt to predict how France will act in the coming weeks and months is futile;...

  • West Bank violence: Elderly Palestinian woman killed, Israeli seriously injured

    November 6, 2015 | 11:25 am

    A Palestinian 72-year-old woman died of wounds she sustained in what Israeli police said was an attempt to kill soldiers.

    Israeli troops stationed outside Hebron shot and seriously injured the woman, whose husband died in clashes with Israeli troops in the 1980s. They said the...

  • Wracked with violence, Israel has full support from majority of L.A. Jews

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 11:33 am

    Maty Baruch was wearing a hamsa necklace and pushing an overflowing shopping cart down Elat Market’s produce aisle before Shabbat on Oct. 16 when she was approached by a reporter, asking how she feels about the current terrorism in her native Israel. Baruch, a preschool teacher at...

  • Terror is not evenhanded

    By David Suissa

    October 21, 2015 | 10:51 am

    There are certain things I read that upset me but also put me right to sleep. One of them is any official statement that is mind-numbingly safe and politically correct. 

    I came across an example last week from the Hillel at UC Irvine, regarding the precarious situation in Israel....

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