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  • Why peace now for Syria?

    LONDON, Dec. 12 (JTA) — Syrian President Hafez Assad is a reluctant interview subject. So when he wants to speak to the world he uses proxies: the Syrian state media to communicate with the Arab world and British author and confidant Patrick Seale to communicate with the West. It was through Seale that Assad warmly…

  • Media reflect divisions among Arabs

    LONDON, Dec. 19 (JTA) — Not surprisingly, Arabic-language media have been preoccupied with the dramatic resumption of Israeli-Syrian peace talks. Predictably, too, many of the analyses included a torrent of rhetorical flourishes, conspiracy theories and dire warnings of divisions and duplicity within the Arab world. Perhaps most instructive was what the official Syrian media were…

  • Media reflect divisions among Arabs

    LONDON, Dec. 19 (JTA) — Not surprisingly, Arabic-language media have been preoccupied with the dramatic resumption of Israeli-Syrian peace talks. Predictably, too, many of the analyses included a torrent of rhetorical flourishes, conspiracy theories and dire warnings of divisions and duplicity within the Arab world. Perhaps most instructive was what the official Syrian media were…

  • Why peace now for Syria?

    LONDON, Dec. 12 (JTA) — Syrian President Hafez Assad is a reluctant interview subject. So when he wants to speak to the world he uses proxies: the Syrian state media to communicate with the Arab world and British author and confidant Patrick Seale to communicate with the West. It was through Seale that Assad warmly…

  • Stranger gives Israeli girl gift of life

    LONDON, Nov. 24 (JTA) — A 10-year-old Israeli girl has received lung transplants from her mother and a British man who had read of her plight in a London Jewish newspaper. Russian-born Lisa Ostrovsky, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was in critical but stable condition at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis on Tuesday. Ostrovsky, who…

  • Author of anti-Semitic ‘Protocols’ identified

    LONDON, Nov. 22 (JTA) — A Russian propagandist who served both Czar Nicholas II and the Bolsheviks has been identified as the author of a notorious forgery that has inspired generations of anti-Semites. According to leading Russian historian Mikhail Lepekhine, the true author of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” was Mathieu Golovinski, a…

  • Hezbollah warns of attacks on Israel

    LONDON, Nov. 21 (JTA) — Hezbollah may launch attacks against Israel if the Jewish state unilaterally withdraws from southern Lebanon without reaching prior agreements with Syria and Lebanon. The warning appeared this week in the Saudi Arabian news weekly al-Majalla, which interviewed Hezbollah’s deputy leader, Sheik Na’im Kassem. Kassem did not explicitly say that Hezbollah…

  • Amazon halts hot-selling Hitler book in Germany

    LONDON, Nov. 18 (JTA) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center is applauding Amazon.com’s decision to stop shipping copies of “Mein Kampf” to Germany. Even though Adolf Hitler’s book is banned in Germany, it was still one of the most sought-after titles for German readers over the Internet. According to a report by Internet bookseller Amazon.com at…

  • Summit sets tone for toughest talks yet

    LONDON, Nov. 3 (JTA) — Unlike previous efforts at Middle East summitry, this week’s Clinton-Barak-Arafat meeting in Oslo did not aim at achieving any dramatic breakthroughs. Instead, the three leaders had the more modest goal of creating a positive atmosphere as Israel and the Palestinian Authority embark on their most difficult negotiations to date —…

  • Summit sets tone for toughest talks yet

    Unlike previous efforts at Middle East summitry, this week’s Clinton-Barak-Arafat meeting in Oslo did not aim at achieving any dramatic breakthroughs. Instead, the three leaders had the more modest goal of creating a positive atmosphere as Israel and the