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  • ‘Munich’: The Missing Conversation

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For me, the most telling moment in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" was the final scene, when the young, distraught Mossad team leader,

    Avner, takes a walk along the East River with his Israeli case officer, Ephraim, the man who supervised his mission. With the World Trade Center as a...

  • Judgment on ‘Munich’

    By Tom Tugend

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Munich" ranks as one of those movies that has been analyzed by so many and, so far, seen by so few. All the buzz and fuss isn't about the quality, pacing, acting, music and cinematography of the movie. After all, "A Steven Spielberg Film" carries the imprimatur of the Hollywood gold...

  • French Riots Not a Jewish Problem

    By Lauren Elkin

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Some media are calling it a "suburban intifada," but the rioting that is rocking France is not a Jewish problem, but a national one.

    That appears to be the consensus of French Jews, who are simultaneously alarmed at the widespread violence of mostly Muslim youths in suburbs around...

  • Q & A With Bruce Feiler

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion" by Bruce Feiler (William Morrow, $26.95).

    With daily reports of suicide bombings in Iraq, never-ending violence between Israelis and Palestinians and Iran's nuclear threat, it can be hard to imagine the Middle East as...

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  • Nation & World Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Reacts After Gaza Attacks

    Just weeks after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, fighting with the Palestinians resumed with sound and fury -- and, some feared, the potential to evolve into a full-blown border war. Israeli forces answered Hamas rocket salvoes from Gaza with...

  • Pickles Mark Peaceful Restraint in Gaza

    By David Suissa

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When they write the story of the Jewish people at the turn of the millennium, I hope they won't forget the pickles.

    Much has been written about the Gaza disengagement. Whether you were left, right or center -- blue or orange -- this was a defining moment. Imagine this: A Jewish army...

  • She’s Armed and President

    By Idan Ivri

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jewish woman and Harvard-educated lawyer who practiced law in Los Angeles, Sandra Froman admits that, at least on paper, she doesn't seem a natural choice to lead the National Rifle Association (NRA). But the Second Amendment, she said, is all about empowerment.

    "I've never met...

  • ‘Yeah, But:’ 2 Words Lead to Dark Side

    By Hesham A. Hassaballa

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks in London, I can't help but despair at the ever-spiraling violence in our world today. And it pains me even more deeply that a significant portion of that violence occurs at the hands of Muslims in the name of Islam.

    Of course, we have all...

  • The Battle Over Gaza in America

    By Marc Ballon

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with a dream.

    One night in March, Jon Hambourger slipped into a deep sleep and envisioned a train rolling through history. The 47-year-old Los Angeles mortgage broker said he had a choice: jump on or risk irrelevance.

    The next morning, the Orthodox father of one told...

  • Battle on Future of Gaza Spreads to L.A.

    By Marc Ballon

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The battle over the future of the Gaza Strip has come to Los Angeles.

    Two prominent settlers and an outspoken Israeli politician worked their way through Southern California last week, spreading the message that Israel should remain for good in the disputed territories. And Jewish...

  • Experts See New Violence Brewing

    By Leslie Susser

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Israelis and Palestinians may appear to be on the verge of a new peace process, but Israeli army generals and seasoned observers of the Palestinian scene predict a new round of fighting, perhaps as early as next fall, after Israel completes its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and...

  • Campus Fight Needs Practical Action

    By Hugh Taylor

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Like it or not, college campuses have become the American front in the war against Israel. The myriad academic publications espousing the destruction of Israel, as well as the hatred unleashed by the Palestinian Solidarity Movement's (PSM) recent conclave at Duke University, make...

  • Druse Riot Against Christian Neighbors

    By Gil Sedan

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Never before had the small church in the Galilee village of Mughar held so many important visitors as it did recently. Even the Vatican's representative in Israel, Monsignor Pietro Sambi, was there.

    But it was not a celebration that brought them together Sunday; on the contrary,...

  • Unsettling Prospects

    By Dina Kraft

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Talya Eluz walks into her cream-colored sunken living room and takes in the view of sloping sand dunes leading to the shimmering blue Mediterranean Sea and the electric fence that surrounds what she calls paradise.

    "Look at it -- it's like Malibu," Eluz says, holding her month-old...

  • Shouldering the Burden of Incest

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When you go to the synagogue, you just might be sitting next to someone who sexually abused his daughter. You might be

    shaking his hand, admiring his charming demeanor, thinking how lucky his family is to have him. I should know. People sit next to my father all the time. Not only...

  • Rabin’s Daughter Seeks Aid for Center

    By Tom Tugend

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Nearly a decade after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, his daughter fears that Israeli society has not yet faced up to the underlying causes of the horrifying crime by a Jewish extremist.

    "We are still an intolerant people, afraid of diversity, unwilling to...

  • Barghouti Release Would Reward Terror

    By Amira Schiff

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    In May 2004, Marwan Barghouti, one of the leaders of Fatah in the West Bank and head of the Tanzim organization, was sentenced to five consecutive life terms, plus another 40 years, by an Israeli civil court that found him guilty of five cases of murder of innocent citizens,...

  • Briefs

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Farmer's Market Case Heads to Court

    A downtown Los Angeles courtroom this week relived the horrid 2003 crash in which the tranquil Santa Monica Farmers Market was shattered when 86-year-old George Russell Weller's foot hit the accelerator of his 1992 Buick and the speeding car killed...

  • Just One Voice

    By Rob Eshman

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's nice to honor Righteous Gentiles when they're dead. It's even nicer to acknowledge them while they're still alive.

    Which brings me to the Rev. Doug Huneke, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon, Calif.

    Over the summer, the Presbyterian Church (USA) passed a...

  • A Personal Reflection on General Assemblv Actions on Israel and thePractice of Conversion

    By Doug Huneke

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I have devoted almost my entire professional career to fostering interfaith understanding, respect and cooperation. In recent years I feel that I have exhausted my soul trying to balance a deep desire for this part of my calling with decisions and actions at the highest levels of...

  • Jewish Militia: Fact or Ficton?

    By Carole Raphaelle Davis

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Paris on Sept. 28, two-dozen men armed with clubs and wearing motorcycle helmets stormed the Pays de Cocagne bookshop on the Rue Vieille du Temple to the cries of Israel vaincra! (Israel will be victorious.) Six people were slightly injured.

    The men disrupted the book-signing...

  • Garden of Eden Now a Paradise Lost

    By Dina Kraft

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Diving among coral reefs, lounging on colorful pillows by the sea, taking in views of rose-colored mountains, ordering plates stacked high with honey-drenched banana pancakes -- Israelis have long made Sinai a favorite vacation destination.

    However, the coordinated bombings on...

  • Gaza Raid Ignites Debate on Impact

    By Leslie Susser

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli troops moved deeper into northern Gaza to put a stop to Palestinian rocket fire on the small Negev town of Sderot, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was confident that the huge military operation would radically change the situation on the ground.

    However, his critics on the...

  • The Forgotten Pogrom of Baghdad

    By Edwin Black

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At about 3 p.m., June 1, 1941, everything changed for Iraq's Jews. No American Holocaust museum pays homage to their tragedy. Holocaust studies have virtually overlooked the incident and its profound consequences. But the Jews of Baghdad found themselves caught between Hitler's...

  • Fear or Fury?

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed. Almost one year ago to the day, Dr. David Appelbaum and his daughter, Nava, were murdered when a suicide bomber exploded himself at Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem. Dr. Appelbaum, 50, was the head of emergency medicine at Shaarei Tzedek...

  • Bloody Cycle Marks 4th Year of Intifada

    By Gil Sedan

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Four years ago this week, all hell broke loose in Israel. Palestinians and Israelis, who for almost a decade seemed on the verge of historic reconciliation, turned in opposite directions -- killing each other, hating each other and losing hope.

    Who is winning this intifada? Who is...

  • Hate Crime Stats Not Always Precise

    By Idan Ivri

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) new report titled, "Unpatriotic Acts," warns that acts of hate against Muslims in the United States skyrocketed in 2003. At face value, the numbers are grim: CAIR notes a 70 percent increase in "reports of harassment, violence and...

  • UC Irvine Graduation Clash Fizzles

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A feared confrontation between Jewish and Muslim students during graduation ceremonies at UC Irvine was largely avoided June 19, following a week of heated charges and countercharges.

    Several members of the Muslim Student Union wore stoles, or broad strips of green cloth, over their...

  • Settlers Threaten to Resist Withdrawal

    By Leslie Susser

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faces a new obstacle to his plan to evacuate settlements in the Gaza Strip and West Bank: right-wing rabbis who have ruled that dismantling settlements contravenes Jewish law. The rabbis are calling on soldiers to disobey orders and on settlers to forcibly...

  • Ethnic Cleansing in Sudan Is Still Genocide

    By Ruth W. Messinger

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As early as March of this year, humanitarian organizations were issuing warnings of ethnic cleansing in Darfur, Sudan. For a long time these warnings continued to be ignored by most of the mainstream and Jewish media, and Americans remain virtually unaware of the atrocities occurring...

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