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May 6, 2005
"Jerusalem: The Disputed Holy City - What Christians, Jews and Muslims say about the world's most contested property" will be the focus of a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. May 22 at Congregation Kol Ami in Annapolis. The event, which will feature religious leaders from all three faiths, is free and open to the public. The panel will be made up of Imam Mohammad Bashar Arafat of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland in Baltimore; the Rev. Elizabeth D. McLean of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park; and Rabbi Charni Flame Selch of Congregation Kol Ami. The panel will be moderated by Ira Rifkin, a Kol Ami congregant and a Washington correspondent for The Jerusalem Report and columnist for the Baltimore Jewish Times.
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By Ned Parker and Saad Fakhrildeen and Ned Parker and Saad Fakhrildeen,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 18, 2008
BAGHDAD -- Bombs claimed the lives of at least 52 Iraqis and two U.S. soldiers yesterday, a day in which Vice President Dick Cheney and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain made visits to Iraq to focus on American successes as the war enters its sixth year. Initial reports said a female suicide bomber killed 43 people and wounded 74 in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Karbala. Karbala province media director Abdel Ameer Hamoun said the woman detonated the explosives in the early evening on a street packed with shoppers not far from the Imam Hussein tomb, one of the holiest places in Shiite Islam.
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By Patrick J. McDonnell and Patrick J. McDonnell,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 13, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunfire erupted in the Shiite holy city of Najaf early today as clerics, civic authorities and tribal leaders vowed to present a proposed peace plan to U.S. occupation authorities in the coming days. Militiamen loyal to militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr were seen in the streets after midnight headed toward the gold-domed shrine of Ali, a major Shiite Muslim site. Residents said U.S. troops were moving deeper into the city, which is largely in the control of al-Sadr's militia, known as the Mahdi Army.
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By Nathan J. Diament | November 25, 2007
Past efforts at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have failed for multiple reasons, chief among them the issue of Jerusalem. And while the leaders gathering in Annapolis have agreed not to agree about the holy city's fate for now, it will likely be the unbridgeable divide in the follow-up negotiations. As Madeleine K. Albright noted, "If Jerusalem were just a real estate issue, we could have dealt with it long ago." Jerusalem is hardly a real estate issue. It is at the heart of the Israel-Arab impasse, for it relates fundamentally to history, theology and national identity.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | August 15, 2001
JERUSALEM -- Izat Abu Freitekh, the Palestinian owner of a sandwich shop in East Jerusalem, began selling his sandwiches this week in a sewing shop because Israeli police had declared his street a "closed military zone." A couple of days ago, he had 14 orders for lunch instead of the usual 500. In West Jerusalem, an Israeli border policeman armed with a machine gun stood outside a deserted Pizza Hut. A few doors away, a desperate store owner on the usually crowded Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall hung a sign in his window summarizing the business climate: "Big Discount for brave tourist."
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,Jerusalem Bureau | September 12, 1993
JERUSALEM -- Just about any Middle East scholar, politician or street merchant will tell you the same thing. All roads to peace must eventually lead through Jerusalem.For the moment, the route looks impassable.That's why the Gaza-Jericho agreement due to be signed tomorrow in Washington skirts the issue of who should rule the ancient city that is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.Would-be peacemakers over the years have proposed at least 56 solutions for dividing the spoils of Jerusalem.
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By Deborah Horan and Bill Glauber and Deborah Horan and Bill Glauber,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 15, 2004
BAGHDAD - U.S. tanks rolled into Iraq's holiest Islamic city yesterday as troops pounded positions held by militiamen loyal to rebel Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. A major Muslim shrine was damaged in the fighting, prompting calls for revenge and suicide attacks on American targets. The fighting in Najaf flared as U.S. military commanders released more than 300 Iraqi detainees from the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, and authorities announced they had filed criminal charges against a fourth U.S. guard allegedly involved in abusing prisoners there.
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By David Lamb and Raheem Salman and David Lamb and Raheem Salman,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 18, 2003
KARBALA, Iraq - Four U.S. soldiers were killed late Thursday night and early yesterday in two incidents - a roadside bombing in Baghdad and a brief, fierce firefight between U.S. paratroopers and gunmen in this Shiite Muslim holy city south of the capital. Their deaths brought to 336 the number of Americans reported killed since the war began March 20. The Karbala clash also marked the deadliest incident for U.S. troops since Sept. 18, when three soldiers were slain near the city of Tikrit.
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By Mark Matthews and By Mark Matthews,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | July 20, 2000
JERUSALEM - Of all the tough issues at Camp David, Jerusalem has proved the most intractable. And when the talks practically collapsed yesterday, the question of sovereignty over the holy city was widely believed to be the cause. The gaps were said to be too wide. Or are they? Given the white-hot passions over the issue among Israelis and Palestinians, neither side could be seen to have given up Jerusalem. It could cost Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak his job. Some say it could cost Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat his life.
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November 17, 1996
THE OCT. 31 editorial, "The intransigents of Hebron," makes the outrageous statement, ''To some, however, the moral need for Jews to live in Hebron was nullified by Dr. Goldstein's revenge 65 years later."
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January 29, 2007
NATIONAL Huckabee to seek presidency Mike Huckabee, a former conservative governor from the largely Democratic state of Arkansas, will launch his bid today for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, opening an exploratory committee to raise money. pg 3a Buildup foes deride criticism Prominent Democratic senators who are against the troop buildup in Iraq took issue yesterday with criticism from Bush administration officials who contend that opposition to the president's new strategy will embolden the enemy.
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By G. JEFFERSON PRICE III | April 11, 2006
Easter is my favorite holy day. It's the most meaningful day in the Christian calendar, and it coincides often with Passover, the important day when Jews celebrate their deliverance. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, and it was one of my favorites when I was living in the Holy Land with my family. Not that I did much atoning. But Jerusalem and much of the rest of Israel would fall quiet on that day, as we lived there before the first Palestinian uprising began in December 1987.
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April 10, 2006
At least 30 killed in Pakistani stampede ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- At least 30 people were killed in a stampede at the end of a religious gathering for women in the southern port city of Karachi, police and hospital officials said yesterday. Scores of women and children were also injured. About 10,000 women had gathered at an Islamic center, Faizan-e-Madina, in the Sabzi Mandi neighborhood of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, which will be celebrated tomorrow.
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By Borzou Daragahi and Raheem Salman and Borzou Daragahi and Raheem Salman,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 25, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Clashes yesterday between followers of a radical Shiite cleric and a rival Shiite faction in Najaf, an Iraqi holy city, left at least six dead and scores injured during a violent day throughout the country on the eve of a National Assembly vote on a new constitution. In Baghdad, as many as 40 gunmen and suicide bombers staged a daylight attack on police that left at least 15 dead and 56 injured. Insurgents launched three attacks in and around Baqouba that left at least eight Iraqis dead.
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May 6, 2005
"Jerusalem: The Disputed Holy City - What Christians, Jews and Muslims say about the world's most contested property" will be the focus of a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. May 22 at Congregation Kol Ami in Annapolis. The event, which will feature religious leaders from all three faiths, is free and open to the public. The panel will be made up of Imam Mohammad Bashar Arafat of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland in Baltimore; the Rev. Elizabeth D. McLean of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park; and Rabbi Charni Flame Selch of Congregation Kol Ami. The panel will be moderated by Ira Rifkin, a Kol Ami congregant and a Washington correspondent for The Jerusalem Report and columnist for the Baltimore Jewish Times.
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By Evan Osnos and Evan Osnos,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 27, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government reached a deal forged by Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric late yesterday that would end the bloody standoff in Najaf by requiring that rebel forces disarm in exchange for a peaceful exit from the city. The deal brokered by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani - just hours after his momentous return to his embattled home city - offers fragile hope to resolve a crisis that has gripped Iraq since Aug. 5, reduced much of central Najaf to ruins and challenged the authority of the nation's fledgling government.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | September 17, 1999
JERUSALEM -- In the Magic Kingdom, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel -- which suits the Israelis, but not the Arabs.So the depiction of Jerusalem in the Israeli exhibit at Walt Disney Co.'s millennium celebration set to open in Florida Oct. 1 has Arab leaders and Arab-American and Muslim organizations calling for a boycott of Disney theme parks and products.Israel, which has contributed about a third of the at least $6 million cost of the exhibit, argues that the display is nonpolitical and portrays Jerusalem as the seat of the three great religions, Islam included.
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January 29, 2007
NATIONAL Huckabee to seek presidency Mike Huckabee, a former conservative governor from the largely Democratic state of Arkansas, will launch his bid today for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, opening an exploratory committee to raise money. pg 3a Buildup foes deride criticism Prominent Democratic senators who are against the troop buildup in Iraq took issue yesterday with criticism from Bush administration officials who contend that opposition to the president's new strategy will embolden the enemy.
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By Edmund Sanders and Edmund Sanders,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 28, 2004
NAJAF, Iraq - U.S. officials embraced a peace plan offered by radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, raising hopes yesterday for an end to weeks of fighting between his militia and U.S. troops that has left hundreds dead and damaged Islamic shrines. Al-Sadr, whose al-Mahdi Army seized control of key parts of Najaf last month, unveiled Wednesday a four-point proposal brokered by moderate Shiite leaders that calls for him to relinquish control of government buildings and send some of his armed followers home.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 19, 2004
KARBALA, Iraq - The country's most influential cleric called yesterday for the withdrawal of all armies from two holy cities, Karbala and Najaf, in an effort to end days of bloody fighting and preserve the sanctity of Shiite shrines. The Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini al-Sistani, demanded in a statement that "armed forces" must "leave the holy cities and open the way for the police and tribal forces." His remarks were directed at American troops and militiamen loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr, a young rebel cleric who ignited an insurrection against the occupation forces six weeks ago. Al-Sistani also asked for people to stage peaceful protests in the cities against the fighting.
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