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  • Hungarian man, 98, charged with World War II crimes, prosecutors say

    June 18, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 98-year-old man who tops the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center's wanted list with war crimes, saying he had helped to deport Jews to Auschwitz in World War II.

    Laszlo Csatary was found guilty in absentia in 1948 of whipping or...

  • Mark Boal’s journey from journalism to movie chronicler of the Middle-East wars

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 11, 2013 | 10:21 am

    The time: 2003. The place: Black Site: Undisclosed Location. A battered man strung up by his wrists is being questioned by an interrogator. When he refuses to answer he is forced to the ground and held down by three men wearing ski masks. A black towel is wrapped around his face...

  • Gilad Shalit and Israeli TV’s Searing ‘Prisoners of War’ [UPDATE/SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 31, 2011 | 4:48 pm

    The hit Israeli TV drama “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War,” now available at mako.co.il) proved prescient—and controversial—recently as Gilad Shalit returned to Israel in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners after five years in a Hamas dungeon.  “Hatufim,”  which inspired...

  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

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  • Dick Cheney, torture and teshuvah

    August 31, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    According to press reports, Dick Cheney’s memoir, set to be released this week, is one long exercise is not regretting any decision he made while serving as Vice-President of the United States. This is a shame. The first step in teshuvah, repentance, is recognizing the wrongs that...

  • Knights Templar heirs sue pope for $150 billion

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 18, 2008 | 7:51 pm

    Jonathan Kirsch has a new book coming out called “The Grand Inquisitor’s Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God,” which digs deep into the 600-year Inquisition era and finds its legacy in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia and the U.S.-led war on terror. (To be clear, Kirsch, who...

  • Torture: What did we know, and when did we know it?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 27, 2008 | 7:19 pm


    “After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes.  The only question that remains to be answered is whether those...

  • Briefs: They’re Jews first and Israelis second; Pope to soap offending trope

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis Identify by Faith, Then Flag

    Israelis are three times more likely to identify primarily as Jews than as Israelis, a poll found. According to a survey in Monday's Yediot Achronot, 40 percent of Israelis said they identify "first and foremost" as Jews, while 13 percent...

  • Los Angeles mom pleads for life of son kidnapped in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Why is the world so silent -- why are Jews so silent about the plight of Jews being held captive in Iran?" Elana Tehrani, an Iranian-born Jewish woman now living in Los Angeles asked a crowd during a speech at the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills.

    Tehrani believes her son...

  • Torture? Nah, Just a Tantrum

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A new billboard depicting Jill Greenberg's photographs of sobbing toddlers might raise the profile (and debate over) her controversial exhibition at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery.

    The ad, hovering above the intersection at Highland and Melrose avenues, presents images from her "End...

  • PASSOVER: 10 Contemporary Plagues

    By The Editors

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Passover haggadah, we read of the 10 Plagues that God sent to convince Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free. The plagues -- bloody, violent, magical -- are a dramatic highpoint of the narrative. Mindful of the pain these plagues brought even to innocent Egyptians, Jews...

  • Tortured Logic

    By Robin Podolsky

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 1470, five corpses were found in the charnel of a church in Endingen on the Rhine. Eight years earlier, a Jewish man named Elias had sheltered a family of five beggars in his home during the Passover/Easter season. Assuming that Endingen's Jews had murdered the family in order to...

  • Israel Tames but Doesn’t Halt Torture

    By Larry Derfner

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last November, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), while campaigning to ban the U.S. government from using torture, told the "Today" show: "The Israeli Supreme Court outlawed torture, outlawed cruel and inhumane treatment. And I have talked to Israeli officials, and they say they do very...

  • What’s So Bad About Torture?

    By Arnold Steinberg

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Suppose your child were kidnapped.

    She is buried alive with a limited air supply. Police arrest one of the kidnappers. Indeed, he was on a store videotape luring the child and then abducting her. Witnesses saw him put the child in a car. His handwriting is on the ransom note. He...

  • Every Jew Is on the Front Lines of War

    By Caroline B. Glick

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ilan Halimi's barbarous murder in France should awaken all Jews to the most significant truth of our times: Today, every Jew in the world is on the front lines of war.

    As was the case 70 years ago, every Jew today is a target for our enemies, who shout from every soapbox and prove...

  • 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...

  • He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Dated

    By Amy Klein

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    You know how Harry Potter has a scar emblazoned on his forehead from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? Dan has a big T for Trouble on his, marking him as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Dated.

    Let me start in the middle: I go to this party at an awful place in Santa Monica, in some dark and crowded and...

  • Torture, Genocide and Jewish Silence

    By James D. Besser

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jews around the world have worked hard to give life to the slogan "never again," but there are painfully abundant signs the world isn't listening. And, worse, a number of our own organizations have been reluctant to speak out on some of the moral rationalizations that contribute to...

  • Israelis Question Army Morality

    By Leslie Susser

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    After more than four years of the Palestinian intifada, a debate is raging in Israel over whether the rigors of combat against terrorists who exploit and hide among the Palestinian civilian population is eroding the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) moral standards.

    The debate follows...

  • Buck Stops at Prisoner Torture

    By Yehuda Lev

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Why am I not surprised at the news of the mistreatment of Iraqis in an American version of Saddam Hussein's prisons, crimes, which in fact, occurred in the very same Baghdad prison that was notorious as a torture center in pre-occupation Iraq?

    Take a group of American men and women...

  • Taking Stock of Post-Saddam Iraq

    By Paul Kujawsky

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    These are interesting times for those of us who supported President Bush's decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

    Not only have no weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) been found, but it appears that Bush exaggerated the evidence of WMDs to gain congressional and popular support. Not...

  • Holocaust Exploited

    By Joe Berkofsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An emaciated death camp survivor stares blankly alongside a gaunt steer. "During the seven years between 1938 and 1945, 12 million people perished in the Holocaust," the image declares. "The same number of animals is killed every 4 hours for food in the U.S. alone."

    The poster...

  • A Kabbalistic Material Girl

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    LMadonna doesn't like to explain her music videos, but in her newest one, "Die Another Day" (the title track for the soon-to-be-released James Bond movie), while wearing a dirty, white tank top she sneeringly sings to the camera, "Analyze this, Analyze this." So we will.

    The video...

  • Art of Imprisonment

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Alexander Deutsch secretly painted watercolors in an Argentinian political prison after he was kidnapped, tortured and incarcerated by the paramilitary regime in the late 1970s.

    His disturbing, meticulously detailed work, now on display at the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus...

  • Arafat’s Dictatorship

    By Larry Derfner

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Charges that Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority are running a corrupt, brutal police state are no longer being voiced only by the Israeli right wing; they are now coming from Palestinian nationalists who, before the Oslo Accord, fought the Israeli occupation.

    Bassem Eid, who,...

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