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How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identity

How Jewish reporters in Muslim lands hide their identity

WASHINGTON — Don’t bring it up. If it comes up, change the subject. If you can’t change the subject, consider an outright denial.

Those are some of the strategies used by Jewish reporters working in the Arab and Muslim Middle East to conceal their religious heritage.

The dangers facing Jewish journalists in the region became evident last week after the beheading of a dual American-Israeli citizen, Steven Sotloff, by the jihadist group Islamic State, or ISIS.

It’s not known whether ISIS was aware that Sotloff was Jewish. Colleagues believe his kidnapping by ISIS-affiliated terrorists in 2013 in Syria was one of opportunity and not a deliberate targeting.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2014 02:34 )

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Merkel: Fight anti-Semitism!

Merkel: Fight anti-Semitism!BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany called for civic action to fight anti-Semitism following a wave of incidents this summer in her country. Merkel, speaking Sept. 6 on her weekly podcast on the Internet, urged the public to attend a national rally Sept. 14 at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate under the banner of “Stand up! Say no to anti-Semitism.” “I will personally do everything I can, as will my entire government, to ensure that anti-Semitism doesn’t have a chance in our count...
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Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace

LONDON — Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain. “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations in the UK. We must not import conflict. We must export peace instead,” read the statement issued last week by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain. Called “unprec...
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Lev Tahor not welcome in Guatemalan village

Lev Tahor not welcome in Guatemalan villageGUATEMALA CITY — Members of the controversial haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor left a Guatemalan village following religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents. Over 200 members of the community began leaving Aug. 28 after local leaders said they would cut services to Lev Tahor members. The move is one of many recent disruptions for the group, which has been targeted with child abuse allegations in Canada.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:22 )

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Mumbai Chabad house to reopen

MUMBAI — The reconstructed Chabad house in Mumbai, which closed after a terror attack six years ago, is set to reopen. Nariman House, the six-story home of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, was rededicated Tuesday, Aug. 26. A series of attacks in the Indian city in November, 2008 by members of a Pakistan-based terror group left 166 people dead, including six at the Mumbai Chabad house, which was targeted along with luxury hotels, a train station and a popular cafe. Chabad emissaries Gabriel and R...
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Aguda, Reform praise feds’ Sabbath suit against Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee

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Winehouse statue features Star of David

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5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

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Uriel Heilman In a year with no shortage of bad news, these 10 Jewish individuals or groups inspired or impressed us in 5774. ... [Link]

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