Posts tagged "israel"

Heaven for Infiltrators

Ashley Makar writes at Tablet about Sudanese refugees in Israel. A clip:
The Knesset’s information branch reports that there are over 24,000 “infiltrators” and asylum seekers in Israel: almost 19,000 Sudanese and Eritreans, the rest from Central Africa. Up to 7,000 of these are in Eilat, where Mayor Yitzhak Halevi is on a “Save...

Journos in Israel-Palestine

Diane Winston (the Knight chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, master of the blog Trans/missions, and a friend of The Revealer) has a new project with her journalism students that is dedicated to deeper examination of Israeli/Palestinian relations:  The Israel-Palestine Project. Winston and students blogged their...

Learning from Iraq’s Struggle for Religious Tolerance

Three months after elections in Iraq, a new Prime Minister has not yet been selected to form a new government. Accusations of fraud still surround the election and Ayad Allawi's secular (but Sunni-dominated) coalition is struggling against the Shiite opposition, led by Nouri al Maliki, to keep a grip on its narrow margin of...

Pulling Up Roots

Stephanie Butnick: In Tablet, Ryann Liebenthal accompanies a group of French Jews as they move to Israel. After uprooting their lives in France, many face new challenges in Israel, Liebenthal writes.

Israel’s Flotilla Fallout

Updated:
6.5 Israeli navy has boarded the second flotilla bound for Gaza.
Political cartoons from around the Arab world. (The post is a chance to reexamine the distinctions between anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and anti-current Israeli policy -- as well as anti-Americanism.)
6.4 Spender Ackerman on the "milestone" in Turkey-Israel relations.
Glenn Greenwald on the methods used by 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,...