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  • A Holocaust lesson for Muslim youth in Europe

    Teachers across Germany say they face a special challenge from those of immigrant backgrounds, most of whom are Muslims. Disenfranchised from the mainstream, many of these students echo anti-Semitic attitudes heard at home, trade schoolyard insults about Jews or express Holocaust denial, testing German taboos. More ▸

  • The impetus for conservative Islam

    How do Arab students rebel? They embrace conservative Islam. Thirst for political change and social justice are driving young people to conservative Islam, The New York Times finds in a piece from Jordan. The long-term implications of this are likely to complicate American foreign policy calculations, making it more costly to continue supporting governments that… More ▸

  • All the conflicts fit to print

    The New York Times has had several noteworthy pieces on Islamists and Israeli-Arab affairs over the last few days: Michael Kimmelman penned a piece on tension in the Gaza Strip between Palestinians’ secular orientation and life under Hamas Islamist rule: “Watching ‘Friends’ in Gaza: A Culture Clash.” The Ethicist, Randy Cohen, answers two readers’ question… More ▸

  • Ramadan Roundup

    Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, began on Monday, coinciding this year with the Jewish month of repentance, Elul. Both the Jewish and Muslim calendars operate on the lunar cycle, but the Jewish calendar has a leap month every three years or so to keep pace with the solar calendar used the world over…. More ▸

  • Fears of an Al Qaida strike against Israel

    Marc Perelman reports in the Forward that “a recent flurry of signals from Al Qaeda leaders has fueled concerns among terrorism experts that Al Qaeda could be setting up to launch an attack on Israel.” The worries about an impending attack actually grow out of the apparent struggles of the terrorist network, visible in mounting… More ▸

  • Memo to the next president

    In his memo-to-the-next-president column in Friday’s New York Times, David Brooks offers candidates Barack Obama and John McCain some advice about how to deal with Iran. Because it’s unrealistic to expect that the White House has the power to neutralize the Iranian threat, Brooks writes, all the next president really can do is contain and… More ▸

  • What I learned at mosque

    Huffington Post columnist Leora Tannenbaum attends a pre-Shabbat lecture at the local mosque and concludes that “devout Muslims and Jews are not altogether that different, particularly in the worship department.” Just as when I attend my own Orthodox synagogue, located a half-mile away from the mosque, I was separated from the men. After we placed… More ▸

  • Film Fight

    Here is the film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders in which he argues that Islam is a threat to the Western world (Muslims in Holland are suing him on the grounds that it falsely charges Islam with promoting violence)… Wilders gave a lengthy interview to Fox News… More ▸

  • Boteach: Why won’t Muslims speak out?

    Shmuley Boteach wonders in the Jerusalem Post why Muslims aren’t speaking out against last week’s shooting attack at a yeshiva in Jerusalem: The sight of Gazans rejoicing at the cold-blooded murder of eight yeshiva students who had not hurt anyone was particularly jolting for me. I am a religious man and feel an immediate affinity… More ▸