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I remember Pete Steffens

By  Tom Tugend

September 19, 2012 | 11:10 pm

Pete Steffens

Pete Steffens, journalist, teacher, political activist and champion swimmer, died on Aug. 23, at 87, in Nanaimo on Canada’s Vancouver Island, and I lost a friend of 60 years standing.

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  • Anti-Muslim filmmaker not “Israeli Jew”

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2012 | 11:25 am

    An anti-Muslim film, which has triggered riots in Muslim countries and the death of four American diplomats, was apparently the work of a Christian Coptic in California, rather than an “Israeli Jew,” as first reported.
     
    Nakoula Basseley Nakoula identified himself to the... read on
  • Media misled in anti-Islam filmmaker story

    By Tom Tugend

    September 12, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    A film insulting the prophet Muhammad sparked instant riots in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday, but the alleged facts underpinning the story seem to be collapsing just as quickly.

    Enraged by available clips from the film, which describe Islam as “a cancer” and Muhammad as a homosexual... read on

  • Who Is Sam Bacile?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 12, 2012 | 10:19 am

    A high-ranking Israeli official in Los Angeles said today that after numerous inquiries, it appeared that no one in the Hollywood film industry or in the local Israeli community knew of a Sam Bacile, the supposed director-writer of the incendiary film “Innocence of Muslims.”

    The... read on

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  • Hollywood dybbuk invades suburbia

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 2012 | 8:09 am

    If you thought your daughter’s odd behavior was just another pre-teen phase, there may be an alternate explanation: The Dybbuk is back and has returned to the screen in “The Possession.”

    Rooted in 16th century Jewish mysticism and folklore, a dybbuk is the dislocated spirit of an... read on

  • Democratic convention picks Rabbi Wolpe

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple has confirmed that he will deliver the invocation at the Wednesday (9/5) evening session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    His prayer will focus on the ideals animating the United States, Wolpe said, and will... read on

  • Ari Rubin suicide continues pattern of violent JDL deaths

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 16, 2012 | 12:11 am

    Ari Ephraim Rubin, vice chairman of the Jewish Defense League long led by his father, Irving (Irv) Rubin, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 20. He was 30.

    Ari Rubin had been active since his youth in the militant JDL, which has long been rejected by mainstream Jewish... read on

  • Fighter pilot Flint gets to Olympics—64 years later

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 1, 2012 | 3:13 am

    It took 64 years, with a detour to Israel’s War of Independence, but Mitchell Flint is finally getting to see the London Olympic Games, live and in person.

    In the summer of 1948, Flint looked back on a four-year stint as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific during World War II... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Tom is a contributing editor for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and the West Coast correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel, Jewish Chronicle in Britain, and...

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