Islam

The IDF Speaks: Violence and the West Bank

Wars are never pretty.  They're even uglier in the Middle East, where the lines between conflict and quiet are always in flux.  The images that greet us daily from the Muslim world are the most glaring; the endless rampage of hate-fueled violence makes you sick.  Forget about the millions who are cowed into silence; even more abhorrent is the constant stream of popular support violence receives.  Just look at The New York Times' front page story today on the many respe

WaPo: PA taking "extreme steps" against radical imams

 It's a cliché in pro-Israel circles that the Palestinian Authority is doing nothing to curb anti-Israel, anti-Semitic incitement, but a story by the always-excellent Janine Zacharia in today's Washington Post tells a more nuanced story.

Roger Cohen gets it right on Shariah fears

 Roger Cohen has a disturbing  column in today's New York Times on the artfully manipulated fear of an Islamic takeover of the United States through insidious, creeping Shariah law.

Grant Request Revives Mosque Controversy

Application for $5 million from federal fund decried as affront by critics, but board member says it will be decided strictly by grant criteria Jewish groups mostly silent on issue.
11/22/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

News that the organization planning an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero has applied for $5 million in federal recovery funds for programming has reawakened a controversy that largely fell silent months ago.

Pamela Geller, left, and LMDC board member Julie Menin.

Election Day: One Party Will Protect Me, One Party Won't

 

Here's something to think about on Election Day. One party is Congress is almost always for Israel, one is not. Guess which?

Abraham’s Children: Alone, Together

‘Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam’ at New York Public Library: The joy, and the complexity, of text.
10/25/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

One approaches “Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam,” a new exhibit of religious texts at The New York Public Library, with caution. The animating idea might cause you to roll your eyes at its surface naiveté: at a time of heightened tensions among Muslims, Jews and Christians, the curators suggest we should emphasize what we all share in common.

Or should we?

An Italian marriage contract, or ketubah, from 1782, featuring images of the Abraham’s Binding of Isaac.

Blaming Islam Itself For Militancy

"Islam is a religion of peace."

That was the motion of a fascinating, highly charged debate last Wednesday night at NYUs Skirball Hall sponsored by Intelligence Squared, whose series of topical debates with experts in the field are always timely, lively and thought-provoking.

Media Watch: ‘There Is No More Molly’

Deadly fatwa turns journalist into a ‘ghost.’
10/04/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

If a mosque near Ground Zero is a national story, let alone a Jewish story — as is the proposed burning of a Koran by an obscure Florida pastor; as is the perceived surge in Islamophobia — with each of these stories inspiring endless Jewish statements, columns, and rabbinic sermons from here to Israel, then what are we to make of Molly Norris?

Is she a Jewish story, too?

And when so many in the media have so focused on how “moderate” an imam can be, what are we to make of Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki?

Seattle Weekly cartoonist Molly Norris.

No Islamic Mea Culpas

At first-ever conference on the topic, experts explore the history and potential threat of Muslim anti-Semitism.
10/04/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the shadow of the controversial planned Islamic center near Ground Zero and a State Department alert about suspected Al- Qaeda attacks in Europe, several dozen experts on the threat to national security posed by contemporary Muslims met here Sunday

Rabbi Richard Rubenstein

ADL, Pew fighting those who fight mosques

The Anti-Defamation League has filed a legal brief opposing legal efforts to stop construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Actually, the brief is a project of the newly formed Interfaith Coalition on Mosques (ICOM), which ADL created in the wake of mounting reports that local officials in communities around the country are working to block mosque construction and expansion.

Opponents of the Murfreesboro mosque are basing their suit on legal technicalities and claims it would pose “elevated risks to the public safety of citizens of Rutherford County.”

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