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The secret Jewish history of Muhammad Ali

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Muhammed Ali

Published: 7 June 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

The secret Jewish history of Muhammad Ali – Benjamin Ivry – The Forward 04.06.16
The boxer Muhammad Ali, who died on June 3 at the age of 74, has been accused of having ‘frequently clashed with the Jewish people.’ The truth is more complex.
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Father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl recalls Muhammad Ali's kind gesture – JTA/Haaretz 05.06.16
'I appeal to you to show Daniel Pearl compassion and kindness,' Ali implored Pearl’s abductors, who later beheaded the journalist in Pakistan after nine days of captivity.

Muhammad Ali Memorial: Rabbi Lerner invited to speak – Tikkun 06.06.16
Rabbi Lerner worked with Muhammad Ali in the peace movement decades ago, challenging the Vietnam War, and hadn’t hear from him since 1995, when Ali sent a note appreciating Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, a book co-written by Lerner and Cornel West,. The family said they wanted Rabbi Lerner to speak because of his role as a leading Jewish spokesperson for social justice and peace in the US. [Includes Ali’s statement of his reasons for resisting the Vietnam draft.]


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