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  • 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...
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  • 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...

  • Turkish Jews: We’ll Carry On

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The recent bombings of two Istanbul synagogues won't end the tradition of openness in Turkey's Jewish community -- and it could even make the community more cohesive, leaders say.

    At the same time, the attacks are unlikely to force Turkey to retreat from its alliances with Israel...

  • Attacks Bolster Turks’ Will to Fight Evil

    By Engin Ansay

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Following the dastardly attacks in Istanbul targeting Turkish Jews in two synagogues on Nov. 15 that left 25 innocent people dead and several hundred Turkish Jews and Muslims severely injured (see Cover Story, p. 18), I was asked what this all means for Turkey.

    It means sadness and...

  • Jews’ Long History in Turkey

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish presence in Turkey usually is dated to 1492, when the Ottoman emperor Beyazit II welcomed Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition to his territory.

    In fact, though, Jewish life in the area has been traced back to at least the fourth century B.C.E. During the Byzantine...

  • Thanksgiving’s Sukkot Roots

    By Linda Morel

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you know that Thanksgiving is really a Jewish holiday? Although Thanksgiving is not on the Jewish calendar, historians believe that Sukkot may have inspired America's favorite farewell to fall, often nicknamed "Turkey Day."

    "The pilgrims based their customs on the Bible," said...

  • Turkish Delight

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the first joint Turkish-Jewish gala in Los Angeles went ahead almost as planned.

    For security reasons there was a change of venue -- from the residence of the Turkish consul general to a Marina del Rey hotel -- but the organizers felt...

  • Jews in U. S. Politics

    By Sharon Samber

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A woman who was the trusted adviser to the governor of New York in the 1920s.

    The ambassador to Turkey in 1889.

    The attorney general in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.

    Belle Moskowitz, Solomon Hirsch and Edward Levi were all Jews involved in U.S. political life in different...

  • Emergency Meeting

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Experts from Turkey, Uzbekistan and Los Angeles converged in Tel Aviv last month to trade disaster response strategies with Israelis. United by a shared history of disasters -- natural and man-made -- specialists in the forefront of emergency care attended the week-long International...
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