The Bush administration, European governments and advocates of freedom of speech are ramping up efforts to counter what they see as a campaign by Muslim countries to suppress speech about religion, especially Islam.
Efraim Uba was born and raised Catholic in southeastern Nigeria, the homeland of the Ibo ethnic group. He spent 17 years as a Pentecostal preacher before joining a messianic congregation where members wore yarmulkes and tallits but praised Jesus. In 1999, one congregant traveled to Israel and came back claiming that the Ibos were Jews. He convinced the whole congregation to embrace Judaism.
After incurring the wrath of liberal groups for inviting Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to an anti-Iran rally, Malcolm Hoenlein, longtime leader of the main Jewish umbrella organization in America, is being criticized by right-leaning groups for failing to properly consult them.
A coalition of Jewish and non-Jewish groups is planning a demonstration to protest a September 25 dinner organized by five American Christian organizations at which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be a featured guest.
A rally organized by the main Jewish umbrella organization to protest the scheduled visit of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the United Nations has turned into a political embarrassment.
The president of the United Nations General Assembly is expected to attend a dinner in New York organized by five American Christian organizations at which Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will be a featured guest.
In an effort to raise public awareness about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a new organization is being launched, with its own paid staff, to focus solely on the issue.
When an Israeli-made drone was shot down over the Black Sea this past spring in the run-up to the war between Russia and Georgia, it brought to the forefront a recurrent Israeli dilemma: By exporting its military know-how, is Israel endangering its diplomatic standing?
Earlier this month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy became the first Western head of state in at least three years to visit Damascus, a symbolically significant step in Syria’s reintegration into the international community.
Thomas Dine spent years transforming the American Israel Public Affairs Committee into a Washington powerhouse, but now he has embarked on a very different mission: building a bridge between the United States and Israel’s nemesis Syria.