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Media misled in anti-Islam filmmaker story

By Tom Tugend

September 12, 2012 | 3:28 pm

Screenshot from "Innocence of Muslims" (YouTube)

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... 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • “Wally” explores dramatic Nazi looted art case

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 22, 2012 | 11:23 pm

    Nearly 70 years after Hitler’s downfall, the legal and political struggles continue to return Nazi-looted art works, dubbed “the last prisoners of war,” to their original Jewish owners.

    The documentary follows the twists and turns, involving a large cast of Austrian and American... read on

  • Israel’s ‘Matchmaker’ now at your service

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    Neil Friedman, the head man at Menemsha Films, e-mailed a reminder that “The Matchmaker,” one of Israel’s quirkiest and most memorable films, is now playing at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills, Fallbrook 7 in West Hills and Town Center in Encino.

    Whatever images come to... read on

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