Posts tagged "israel"

Israel Studies, A Form of Public Diplomacy?

“I know what the podium I stand behind represents, what Israel studies represents. I know this is a form of public diplomacy.” -- Amal Jamal, "Israeli-Arab" professor of political science, Tel-Aviv University, one of two Palestinian scholars (of a total of 300 attendees) at the annual meeting of the Association for Israel Studies...

Uncomfortable Zionism

Peter Beinart published an article in the New York Review of Books last week, "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," that, according to Religion Dispatches' Sarah Posner, "has the potential to create an intellectual earthquake." Beinart writes that American Jews have become increasingly divided between two distinct and un-nuanced positions: "naked...

Caterpillar Divestment

07 February 2006 The Church of England’s general synod, backed by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, has voted to disinvest from the U.S. Caterpillar company as part of its decision to disinvest from corporations that profit off Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The Church has invested 2.5 million pounds in Caterpillar, Inc., which manufactures armored earth-moving equipment used...

“More Jewish” Gentiles

30 January 2006 Orthodox Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, a veteran of efforts to bring evangelicals and Jews together over Israeli issues, continued his work this Sunday, when he spoke to the congregation of New Life Church in Colorado Springs at the invitation of National Association of Evangelicals president Ted Haggard. Beefing up the traditional alliance sales pitch, concerning the two...

Shiavo/Sharon

13 January 2006 Shiavo/Sharon? The AP predicts that Ariel Sharon’s response after doctors bring him out of his artificial, drug-induced coma — either regaining consciousness, or requiring life support — could spark serious Jewish debate on the halachically correct approach to rejecting life-prolonging measures or declaring death for people who couldn’t survive without life support. Notwithstanding an...

Worldly Retribution

11 January 2006 Lo and behold, Pat Robertson has managed to louse up his own plans this time, if a euphemism like “louse up” can still be used when talking about a $50 million tourism partnership lost. After Robertson’s ill-conceived announcement that God had punished Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a stroke in retribution for Sharon’s role...

The Book of Pat

06 January 2006 From the land of absent internal censors: Pat Robertson wonders aloud whether the sudden stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, whom Robertson nonetheless considers “a very likable person,” was divine retribution for organizing the Gaza withdrawal last year. Robertson, who last predicted that the wrath of God would zero in on Dover,...

Letters to God

15 December 2005 Yesterday, Israeli mailmen performed their semi-annual delivery of letters to God, which, like U.S. letters to Santa, are deemed too precious too discard, and in Israel, are instead placed unopened between the stones of the Western Wall. Letters to God delivered to Western Wall in Jerusalem By The Associated Press God’s got...

Red Crystal

06 December 2005 Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Star of David, Red Crystal? Diplomats from 192 countries are meeting to discuss a third symbol (the Red Star of David is not officially recognized) that could be used by the International Red Cross as a recognized neutral ambulance emblem that would guarantee rescue workers safe access...

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Sons Grow Up to Be Evil Biblical Kings

After receiving numerous inquiries from Jewish parents fearful of misnaming their children, a group of Israeli rabbis has compiled a list of bad names that shouldn’t be given to Jewish children, including the first names of both the prime minister, Ariel Sharon — whose first name could call down the wrath of its angelic namesake...

Last Supper Swap Meet

13 October 2005 The Vatican has proposed a swap with the Israeli government, trading an historic synagogue in Spain (which is currently a Catholic church) for control of the Upper Room in Jerusalem — the room where the Last Supper is said to have taken place, which is in the same building where King David is believed...

Ted Haggard’s Big Israeli Adventure

Confusing news from the Jewish Forward: the National Association of Evangelicals is set to announce a new, more pro-Palestinian policy on Israel. Why? Because it wants to counter liberal churches that are putting economic pressure on Israel to make concessions to the Palestianians. Wait — that doesn’t make sense. And it gets trickier. How is...