Arab spring

Saudi’s New King Salman Likely To Stay The Muslim Kingdom’s Course

01/26/2015 - 19:00

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who took the helm of the world’s last absolute monarchy Friday, faces turbulence at home and abroad but is unlikely to change the course set by his predecessors.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is seen during President Barack Obama’s visit to Erga Palace in Riyadh on Jan. 27.

Respond Positively To Good News Among Arabs And Muslims

08/10/2014 - 20:00

When missiles and bombs are flying, while terrorists kidnap and murder, when civilians are caught in the crossfire, and when diaspora Jews and Palestinians are vilified and attacked, there is no good news for anyone. But planning beyond the horrors of the past weeks, as we must, careful scanning of changes in the Arab and Muslim worlds suggest new opportunities for Israelis to live at peace with Palestinians and other neighbors.

Palestinian State? It’s Israel’s Call

Mideast expert describes age of `permanent revolution,’ one of hundreds of talks at Limmud NY.
02/18/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

With all of the dizzying, fundamental changes in the Middle East, where the Arab Spring has given way to radicalism in Egypt and complete chaos in Syria, a key transformation in the Israel-Palestinian relationship has taken place that has largely gone unnoticed.

‘So Much For The Arab Spring’

Palestinians are bankrupt and demoralized — yet politics and intifadas have lost their appeal.
04/11/2012 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Just as he does every day, on March 30 Mahmoud Abu Sneineh trimmed succulent pieces of lamb off a vertical spit, wrapped them in a fresh pita brushed with tehina, and served the shwarma to hungry customers lined up at his eatery in east Jerusalem.

Palestinian women wave during a demonstration marking Land Day. Getty Images

Faith Complex: Jamaa Islamiya and the Arab Spring

Dr. Tawfik Hamid, and Egyptian-born Muslim who in his youth joined the ranks of the radical Islamist group al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya and made the acquaintance of Ayman al-Zawa

Casablanca Confidential

Joseph Braude drew on his Iraqi Jewish heritage and Arabic expertise to explore the workings of Moroccan policework.
10/31/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A native of Providence, R.I., a son of Arabic and Lithuanian culture, Joseph Braude grew up in two worlds — his Baghdad-born mother’s tales of a childhood in Iraq and his Lithuanian-born grandfather’s Midrash lessons. There were the kasha varnishkes and qar’yie (an Iraqi vegetable dish) at Shabbat meals, and both Sephardic-style and Ashkenazic-style charoset on Passover.

The Arabic part stuck.

Joseph Braude, left, sharing a traditional meal with a friend in Morocco during his time working on “The Honored Dead,” chronicl

Arab Spring Seen Forcing Israel’s Hand In Shalit Deal

Bibi could face backlash; victory for Hamas, trouble for Abbas?
10/10/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The agreement to free Israeli Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit after more than five years in captivity was due in part to Israeli fears that the Arab Spring might undermine Egyptian military rulers who had been pressing Hamas to make a deal.

But even before he is freed, political analysts were weighing the repercussions of Tuesday’s dramatic developments to win Shalit’s freedom.

'Let My Lulavs Go'

Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) has called on the Egyptian government to lift its ban on the export of lulavs in time for Sukkot.

Egypt is one of the largest suppliers of the palm fronds that form the spine of the ritual lulav, and the ban threatens to cause "financial hardship for families and communities simply wishing to fulfill their religious obligations," Berman wrote Wednesday to Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf. (See Helen Chernikoff's report on the ban here.)

Israelis Evacuated From Cairo Embassy As Egypt Vows Crackdown On Riots

09/10/2011 - 20:00

Some 80 personnel and family members of Israel's embassy in Cairo are safe after being removed in an emergency rescue operation.

During a riot outside the embassy Friday night, violent protesters broke down the eight-foot-high security wall surrounding the embassy compound and entered the building.

Lessons From The ‘Israel Spring’

08/08/2011 - 20:00

In contrast to the “Arab Spring” that began last winter and spread among Mideast countries, with violent protests leading to deadly confrontations over autocratic rule, the “Israel Spring” that has captured the attention and pulse of the Jewish state is, in a sense, a reinvigoration of democracy and an impassioned call for a return to social justice.

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