Iraqi Parliamentarian to His People: “It’s Not Between Palestinians and Israelis, it’s Between Terrorists and Moderates”

January 9, 2009

From The Huffington Post


Just spoke over the phone with Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi, head of the Iraqi Nation Party in Baghdad, who advocates normalized relations between the new Iraq and Israel and promotes human rights in the Middle East. He says that,...

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Iraqi Parliamentarian Acquitted for “Crime” of Visiting Israel

November 24, 2008

Hopeful news out of Iraq this morning as an Iraqi court has voted to acquit Mithal al-Alusi, a great Iraqi champion of human rights, of prosecution for visiting Israel.

Alusi is a member of the Iraqi Parliament and founder of the Democratic...

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An Iraqi Hero

September 16, 2008


In today’s American Spectator online, I have a piece about the Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi, whose sons were murdered in February 2005 following his visit to Israel to attend a counterterrorism conference there. Over the...

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Iraq’s Maverick

September 16, 2008

From The American Spectator



Last month, Iraqi parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi contacted me by phone from Baghdad with an urgent warning that Iran could be a lot closer to attaining nuclear weapons than most analysts believe.

“Do they have an atom bomb? Not...

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Don Quixote Comes to Israel

July 25, 2008

From The Jerusalem Post Magazine



It is fitting Daniel Lubetzky would grow up to be an entrepreneur who tries to bring peace to the Middle East. He recalls how, one summer when he was 12 and working for a textile wholesaler in Mexico City, he overheard people on the...

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A Strange Dichotomy

May 27, 2008

Having recently returned from the middle east, where I went to Ramallah and met Palestinians on their turf, I’ve been thinking about the risk I took, and also about the strange dichotomy that exists in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.


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I Spent Yesterday Afternoon in Ramallah – and Lived to Tell!

May 21, 2008

Seriously, I’m no Brooke Goldstein (no interviews of terrorists!) But yesterday I did travel to Ramallah with Daniel Lubetzky, founder of Peaceworks, a business that brings together individuals from opposing sides of world conflicts,...

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Friendship Between Jewish and Muslim Pharmacists Fuels Giving

May 2, 2008

From The New York Daily News



In the early 1980s, Mohammed Saleh got a break that changed his life. He was working as a pharmacist, raising a family in New York City and struggling to get ahead.

A Muslim originally from Bangladesh, Saleh heard about a Jewish pharmacist in...

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Muslim Freedom Fighter Arrested

March 20, 2008

On Tuesday, members of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion, a paramilitary wing of the government, stormed the offices of Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, arrested and interrogated him. In 2003, Mr. Choudhury, editor of the...

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The Virtue in Islam Today

March 11, 2008

Tonight I was proud of New York University, my grad school alma mater. Irshad Manji, the gutsy and eloquent author of “The Trouble With Islam Today,” is getting behind something new – The Moral Courage Project at NYU’s...

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