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  • The Real “Machine Gun Preacher”: Unorthodox Atonement

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2011 | 7:17 pm

    Sam Childers, the real-life “Machine Gun Preacher” behind the Marc Forster film now in theaters, chewed his signature toothpick in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, wearing a Harley Davidson shirt, jeans, black steel-toed boots and a handlebar moustache he’s sported since...

  • Israel evacuates Jordanian embassy ahead of protest

    September 15, 2011 | 9:20 am

    Israel evacuated its embassy in Jordan, amid fears that a planned anti-Israel protest could turn violent.

    The ambassador and staff of the embassy, located in Amman, returned to Israel Wednesday night. Jordanian activists have called for a “million man march” against the embassy for...

  • Israel social protesters arrested in first violence

    September 7, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    Israeli police arrested some 40 demonstrators in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, police said, after the first violence seen during weeks of social protests that have called for lower living and housing costs.

    Protesters held up traffic on a main street and broke into city hall after...

  • U.N. report: Israel used ‘unnecessary force’ to quell border breach

    July 6, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Israel’s military used unnecessary force against protesters in Lebanon who tried to breach the border during demonstrations on Nakba Day, a United Nations report said.

    The report, given to members of the U.N. Security Council and obtained by the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, was...

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  • Israel to UN: Syria’s border provocations carry serious potential for escalation

    June 7, 2011 | 11:35 am

    The Israeli delegation to the United Nations has dispatched a complaint letter to the UN chief and the president of the UN Security Council condemning Syria’s “dangerous provocations” on its border with Israel on Sunday.

    Haim Waxman, the deputy chief of Israel’s delegation to the...

  • Violence erupts in Israel, Israel-Syria border breached

    May 15, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Hundreds of Arabs from Syria stormed across the border into Israel on Sunday, prompting Israeli troops to respond with fire that killed at least four people.

    The incident, which marked the first major eruption of violence along the border in decades, came on the same day that an...

  • Obama signs executive order sanctioning Syrians involved in government crackdowns

    April 29, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday imposing new sanctions against two relatives of President Bashar Assad, Syria’s intelligence agency and its director, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force in response to their part in crackdowns on...

  • Protests erupt across Syria on ‘Day of Rage’

    April 29, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Syrian security forces opened fire on demonstrations Friday in the capital Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia - the heartland the ruling elite - wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.

    Other...

  • Violent neo-Nazism rising in Germany, report says

    April 21, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    Violent neo-Nazism is on the rise in Germany, according to an annual report by the German government.

    The annual report on extremism by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution released this week also said that the proponents of violent neo-Nazism are rejecting...

  • Syria government resigns in effort to appease protesters

    March 29, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Syria’s Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad’s 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East.

    Assad, whose family has controlled Syria...

  • Violent clashes erupt between Israelis, Palestinians near Nablus

    March 7, 2011 | 11:18 am

    One Israeli and a number of Palestinians were wounded Monday when clashes broke out on land between a West Bank outpost and a nearby Arab village.

    The Israeli was lightly wounded when struck by a rock hurled by a Palestinian during the clashes, Israeli Radio reported. Of the...

  • Egypt army restrains Mubarak loyalists amid ongoing clashes in Cairo square

    February 3, 2011 | 8:36 am

    An Egyptian army tank moved against supporters of President Hosni Mubarak as they hurled rocks at anti-Muburak protesters in central Cairo, prompting cheers from demonstrators battered by overnight fighting that killed six.

    “Allahu Akbar, the army and the people are hand in hand”,...

  • Excavation on Jerusalem tunnel sparks fears of violence

    January 25, 2011 | 9:23 am

    Israeli officials fear the completion of an excavation project near the Temple Mount may spur violence by Palestinians.

    The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday that it had completed the excavation of an ancient tunnel that runs from the City of David in eastern Jerusalem...

  • Israel police arrests Islamic Movement leader over incitement charges

    October 6, 2009 | 3:48 pm

    The Israel police arrested on Tuesday one of the leaders of Israel’s Islamic movement on suspicion that he had incited to violence and incited riots in light of remarks he had made recently.

    The arrest came against the backdrop of heightened tension in Jerusalem’s Old City and...

  • Analysis: Unchecked settler violence sparks fears of new intifada

    By Leslie Susser

    December 11, 2008 | 12:31 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Concerned by settler violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ordered Israeli security forces to apply a zero-tolerance policy toward extremist settlers.

    Olmert and the country's top security officials fear that unchecked...

  • McCain team: Palin rejects views of church’s Jews for Jesus speaker

    By Ben Harris

    September 3, 2008 | 4:48 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Vice presidential pick Sarah Palin says she doesn’t share the views of a Jews for Jesus leader who in a speech at her church suggested that violence against Israelis resulted from God’s judgment against Jews who have failed to embrace Jesus.

    David Brickner, the...

  • Muslim woman punches Christian preacher

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 6, 2008 | 6:48 pm

    This isn’t going to be good for anybody.

    The video begins with a Muslim woman questioning a Christian street preacher about the divinity of Jesus. He insults her, and she doesn’t appear to want to hear his answer. As he tries to explain, she gets in his face and grabs for his...

  • Iranian Jews grapple with tragic death and violence in the community

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm


    Bianca Khalili's friends posted this tribute on YouTube


    On May 26, 17-year-old Beverly Hills High School student Bianca Khalili fell to her death from the 15th floor of an apartment building in Century City.

    The girl's passing -- homicide has been ruled out by the police -- has...

  • Podcast: Iranian Jews and the taboo of discussing violence

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 2, 2008 | 4:49 pm


    On March 20th, Alfred Hakim, 49, a Iranian Jewish resident of Beverly Hills, was allegedly shot by his 47-year-old brother, Adel. The incident rocked the local Iranian Jewish community which has been abuzz because such gun violence and violence in general is quite rare for the...

  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —Death and violence in the community (taboo?)

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 2, 2008 | 12:21 am

    Local Iranian Jewish community leaders on recent incidents of violence in the community and the traditional taboo on discussing the topic.

    http://jewishjournal.com/audio/IAJPodCast20080429.mp3

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • Top stories for the 29 days of February, 2008

    By The Web Guy

    February 29, 2008 | 11:14 pm

    A potty-mouthed rabbi, a rockstar mom, and a shooting in Beverly Hills are among the top stories on JewishJournal.com this leap month.

    Here they are, starting with the biggest story:

    Super Tuesday: Jewish Primary by Raphael Sonenshein.  We liked this story so much that Raphe now...

  • A culture of violence or a cult of the superficial?

    By Judea Pearl

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    When The Journal asked me to write a note about the murder of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, I initially declined. I did not feel I had anything insightful or original to add to the dozens of gloomy and desperate articles we have been receiving by Pakistanis and Western analysts in the...
  • Shalom, sports fans—it’s time for some respect!

    By Roy Eitan

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    After decades of dealing with war and terrorism, Israel appears to be waking up to a new security threat: sports hooliganism.

    Back-to-back incidents of extreme unruliness by soccer and basketball fans have stirred debate here over whether violence somehow has become innate to the...

  • God’s Warriors

    By Rob Eshman

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Is there an Emmy Award for Biggest Disappointment?

    If so, I nominate CNN's three-part series, "God's Warriors," hosted or read or fronted -- but certainly not reported - by Christiane Amanpour. The investigation - their claim - into radicals of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim...

  • Documentary: Sao Paolo nightmare gives lesson in class warfare

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In "Manda Bala," Jason Kohn's nightmarish documentary of Brazil, a young woman describes how a "secret admirer" kept phoning her home in Sao Paolo. But when she went to meet him, she found the flattery was a ruse to kidnap her and hold her for ransom. She was chained inside a box,...
  • Berserkers

    By Rob Eshman

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Many years ago, as a freelance writer, I ghost wrote a book about serial killers and mass murderers. I threw myself into the research: one chapter per serial killer, a dozen chapters in all; one sick, depraved, horrific story after another. The men who committed these crimes had a...
  • How to love a Jew you hate

    By David Suissa

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    What do you do when you can't stand another Jew? When their political views make you sick, or when you feel completely alienated from their lifestyle -- whether because they are too religious, or too secular, or simply too unfamiliar?

    For that matter, what do you do if another Jew...

  • Gangs of N.Y.—and L.A.

    By Rob Eshman

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The gang violence that has recently wracked parts of Los Angeles compels me to ask this question: Where are all the Jewish gangs?

    I'm not being cute.

    There was a time in history when America's worst gangs were Jewish. From 1880 through the dawn of Prohibition, New York's Lower East...

  • Clergy abuse—the cover and the story; Anti-Semitic road rage—do the right thing?

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Cover Choice

    It is appalling to me that you should depict this dreadful image on your cover ("Don't Kid Yourself," Jan. 12)

    I understand your exploring the topic in an article, but to put this image and headline on the cover of The Jewish Journal when you describe plenty of...

  • Olmert goes to China; Hezbollah is back; Euro righties caucus; Jews get blamed again

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert Goes to China

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert traveled to China for talks on the Iranian nuclear threat. Monday's trip also marks 15 years of relations between the countries and seeks to expand Israel's current trade relations. Olmert's family has historic ties to China:...

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