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  • Through the looking glass with Friends of Sabeel

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Covering a meeting of Friends of Sabeel is a strange experience. "Strange" as in walking through the looking glass and encountering a reverse universe on the other side.

    While we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence, they are mourning six decades of the nakba, the...

  • Muslim creationist gets three years prison time

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 12, 2008 | 2:12 pm

    Harun Yahya is the best-known creationist in the Muslim world. Author of the 12-pound, 800-page anti-evolution tome, “Atlas of Creation,” Yahya, AKA Adnan Oktar, has also been dogged by legal problems, which culminated Friday in a three-year prison sentence in Turkey “for creating an...

  • ‘Ain’t no Darwin fish’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 1, 2008 | 10:55 am

    Jonah Goldberg, who I have been prudent enough to never quote here, watched that anti-Islam film I mentioned Friday, “Fitna,” and found himself fixated on fish. He, who in most other cases is very close to crazy in his logic, explains:

    During a 1991 visit to Istanbul, a buddy and I...

  • Turkey moves to modernize Islam

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 9, 2008 | 7:34 pm

    The country’s powerful Department of Religious Affairs has commissioned a team of theologians at Ankara University to carry out a fundamental revision of the Hadith, the second most sacred text in Islam after the Koran.

    The Hadith is a collection of thousands of sayings reputed to...

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  • The Armenian question

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Turkey knows who to blame for genocide resolution—the Jews

    By Yigal Schleifer

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When a U.S. congressional committee approved a resolution recognizing the World War I-era massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide, Turkey's reaction was swift and harsh: Blame the Jews.

    In an interview with the liberal Islamic Zaman newspaper on the eve of the...

  • Israel’s Arab neighbors may hold key to summit’s success

    By Leslie Susser

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the Annapolis peace parley rapidly approaches, some of the Arab and Muslim players expected to play a key role in creating conditions for a favorable outcome are proving to be more of an obstacle than an asset.

    Egypt, Syria and Turkey have been complicating efforts to hold what...

  • Anti-American protests in Turkey

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 11, 2007 | 9:53 am

    ISTANBUL, Oct. 11 — Turkey reacted angrily today to a House committee vote in Washington on Wednesday that condemned the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey during World War I as an act of genocide, calling the decision “unacceptable.”

    In a rare and...

  • Turkey: Jews and Armenians aim to ‘defame’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 10, 2007 | 1:29 pm

    “All of a sudden the perception in Turkey right now is that the Jewish people, or the Jewish organizations let’s say, and the Armenian Diaspora, the Armenian lobbies, are now hand-in-hand trying to defame Turkey, and trying to condemn Turkey and the Turkish people,” [Foreign Minister...

  • We should speak out for HR 106

    By Steven M. Goldberg

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Notably absent from the disagreement over whether Jewish organizations should support HR 106, the congressional resolution recognizing the genocide of almost 2 million Armenians in the early 20th century, is any debate about the truthfulness of the resolution. Virtually every...
  • ADL’s decision doesn’t go far enough

    By David N. Myers

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's news that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) had reversed course and decided to recognize the Turkish massacres of Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as a genocide is a necessary step forward for that organization.

    Unfortunately, it does not go far enough in rectifying the...
  • Truth and Consequences

    By David A. Harris

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    From 2000 to 2002, I led a graduate seminar titled, "Post-Holocaust Ethical and Political Issues," at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Among the topics covered was the politics of memory.

    One of the case studies we explored was the controversy...

  • Turkey: Israel could suffer from Armenian debate

    By Ben Harris

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) reversal last week of its position on the Armenian genocide has set off a flurry of diplomatic activity in Turkey and Israel.

    Officials in Ankara and Jerusalem, in coordination with American Jewish leaders, were working this week to contain the...

  • Some ‘Profiles in Courage’

    By David A. Lehrer

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The past two weeks have offered insight, as few times do, into whether our leaders and opinion molders can set aside personal and political agendas in the face of adversity and crisis and be willing to do the right and courageous thing.

    Locally, the closing of King-Harbor after a...

  • ADL reverses policy, finally recognizes Armenian genocide

    By Ben Harris

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In a dramatic reversal, the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) national director has issued a statement describing the massacres perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians as "tantamount to genocide."

    The ADL and its national director, Abraham Foxman, faced mounting...

  • Turkey’s Islamic (r)evolution

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 23, 2007 | 6:29 am


    Well, kids can dream, can’t they? I’d say global tensions rose ever so slightly yesterday when Turkey’s Islamic party easily took national elections. Turkey’s geopolitical importance is the reason the U.S. refuses to call the slaughtering of up to 1.5 million Armenians by the...

  • The Armenian Genocide debate pits moral values against realpolitik

    By Tom Tugend

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Turkish ambassador to the United States, Nabi Sensoy, dropped in at The Jewish Journal a couple of weeks ago for an hourlong conversation with its editors. Last Friday evening, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of the Armenian Church of North America stood on the bimah of Valley Beth...
  • U.S. Jews enter debate on Armenian/Turkish history

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Armenians in Jerusalem mark the 92nd anniversary
    of the Armenian genocide in this amateur video from April 24.
    Click the BIG ARROW to view
    United States Jewish groups are caught in the middle of a growing political struggle between two of their traditional friends, Turks and...
  • Debate on ‘minorities’ law worries Turkey’s Jews

    By Yigal Schleifer

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish and Christian leaders were optimistic when the Turkish Parliament began debating a bill regulating minority foundations and organizations.

    The draft version -- part of a reform effort driven by Turkey's bid for European Union membership -- contained provisions making it...

  • Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape; U.S. funding Hamas opponents

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape Israeli police recommended indicting President Moshe Katsav on charges of rape and sexual harassment. Katsav rejected calls to resign, and his attorney said Monday morning that he will quit only if an indictment is submitted....
  • Briefs

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Presbyterian Church Fixes Divestment Damage
    Two years after it angered Jews by passing a resolution calling for divestment from Israel, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is trying to undo the damage.

    At this year's General Assembly in Birmingham, a church committee agreed Saturday...

  • American Actor Busey Stars as Murderous Jew

    By Tom Tugend

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In the Turkish film, "Valley of the Wolves: Iraq," former "A-list" American actor Gary Busey plays a Jewish U.S. Army doctor who cuts out organs of Iraqis at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison and sells them to wealthy foreign clients. The movie is breaking all box office records in...

  • 7days

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, November 12

    Temple Isaiah's Festival of Jewish Artisans returns for its 25th year this weekend. Help celebrate and stock up on Chanukah presents and other Judaica by attending the opening night concert, artists reception and preview sale today, or artisans show and...

  • Kosher Slaughter Controversy Erupts

    By Peter Ephross

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's not every day that people affiliated with a strident animal rights group talk turkey with those who oversee kosher slaughter.

    But that's exactly what happened this week, when an unpaid adviser to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) discussed allegations of...

  • Give Thanksgiving a Jewish Flavor

    By Linda Morel

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "My sister-in-law stuffs Thanksgiving turkeys with a matzah ball mixture," says Faye Levy, food columnist and author of 14 cookbooks. "Instead of making patties and poaching them, she cooks this tasty mixture inside the turkey."

    This never struck Levy as odd, because her mother...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 12, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    Maccabi Madness

    The Maccabi Movement began in 1895 when the first all-Jewish sports club was formed in Constantinople, Turkey. While the Maccabiah games take place in Israel, the Maccabi games are always in North America. This two-week Olympic-style competition for Jewish teenagers...

  • Israel-Turkey Ties Take Cooler Turn

    By Yigal Schleifer

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Is Israel's relationship with Turkey on the skids? Such fears came to the fore when a Lebanese newspaper, quoting sources in Ankara, reported recently that Turkey was freezing future military contracts with Israeli firms. According to the paper, the step was decided on by Turkey's...

  • Israel Growing as Arms Dealer

    By Leslie Susser

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    To every black cloud, they say, there is a silver lining. Under constant threat from terrorists and hostile neighbors, Israel has become an expert in security -- and that expertise is generating huge profits.

    Israel has been one of the world's big arms sellers for more than a decade,...

  • Vigil Points to Interfaith Inroads

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    With Chanukah bracketed by major Christian and Muslim celebrations, last month might have been a propitious time to find common ground between the Abrahamic faiths.

    Instead, a pair of incidents occurring within days of each other reveals the breadth of the cultural divide.

    Prompted...

  • World Briefs

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Settlement in Reburying Case

    The largest funeral company in the United States settled a class-action lawsuit brought by Jewish families in Florida. Service Corporation International agreed to pay $100 million to Jewish families in Broward County in a lawsuit that included...

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