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The Last Word: Blood Libel and Mass Murder

The Last Word: Blood Libel and Mass Murder Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Jeremy Jones

In 1911, Mendel Beilis was arrested and charged with murdering a Christian child for the purpose of using the boy's blood in Jewish religious rituals. Mendel Beilis fought the absurd allegation and, in 1913, one of the most important societal trials of the 20th century took place in the main courth

Media Microscope: Rouhani Roulette Categories: Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Although Iran's new President, the avuncular Hassan Rouhani, received sympathetic coverage following his star turn at the United Nations in late-September, there was a multiplicity of views on the significance of this new face of the Iranian regime.

The Bibio File: From Dreams to Dilemmas

The Bibio File: From Dreams to Dilemmas Categories: Israel     Author: Elliot Abrams

If the history in Exodus was largely accurate, the characters were all fictional. It is against this backdrop that Yossi Klein Halevi's achievement in Like Dreamers stands out, for he too tells the story of modern Israel - in his case, from 1967 to the present day - from the point of view of a small

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Requiem for a Revolutionary Rabbi

Requiem for a Revolutionary Rabbi Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, sage, rebel and kingmaker, left this world at age 93 the way he conquered power: with a tour de force. Followed to his resting place by more than half-a-million people on Oct. 7, apparently the largest gathering Jerusalem had seen since antiquity, Rabbi Yosef's religious stature

Whispered Compassion

Whispered Compassion Categories: Israel, Jordan, Syria     Author: Debra Kamin

Sultana is 23 years old and very hungry. She grew up in the suburbs east of Damascus, but when her house was firebombed by an airplane belonging to the Syrian regime, she fled the city in the night along with her husband and their five children. Together, the group trekked south toward safety acros

Behind Rouhani's charm offensive

Behind Rouhani's charm offensive Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Michael Segall

In mid-October, a further round of talks began between Iran and the West. Unlike in earlier rounds, this time there have been direct negotiations between the United States and Iran, occurring behind the scenes of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Securit

Deal or No Deal?

Deal or No Deal? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Ron Ben Yishai

Washington and Jerusalem's initial assessments regarding Teheran's intentions were correct. The partial information coming in following the negotiations in Geneva on October 15 and 16 indicates that the current Iranian leadership is in fact proposing a valid deal on its nuclear program... Iran prese

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Asia Watch: Spoiler Alert Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

The Philippines Government and the largest Islamic rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), edge ever closer to finalising a comprehensive peace agreement. Yet, as ever, smaller Islamic forces on the sidelines retain the power to ensure that peace in the southern Philippines remains an

Editorial: The Iranian charm offensive Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There is a definite international diplomatic buzz over new proposals floated at October's P5+1 talks in Geneva aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program. The Islamic Republic's PR makeover, which began with the election of Hassan Rouhani in June and continued with a charm offensive at the UN General A

Scribblings: The meaning of "Jihad" Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Religion, any religion, can be a source of spiritual fulfilment and guidance for ethical behaviour or a mandate for fanaticism, intolerance and violence. (That includes Judaism - followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane are a good example of the latter.) As Prof. Efraim Inbar, a religious man as well

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