Posts tagged "israel"

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...

The Orange Star

“‘We had to use the heaviest tools we had in order to shock the State of Israel. As someone said to me, we had to make people understand that this is a case of ethnic cleansing.'” Ronny Bakshi, a teacher in Gaza, talks to Haaretz’s Asaf Carmel about his Orange Star protest initiative, wherein Gaza settlers don an...

Daily Links 08 December 2004

Dinosaurs Were Created, Too “Uneasy answering questions about radiocarbon dating? Rock layers? Natural selection? Do you want to believe in six literal days, but you’re still confused about the big bang or Grand Canyon? You’ll find answers here!” Metafilter plans a day-trip to “the world’s most unusual museum,” (sorry, Ripley’s), The Creation Museum, soon to open in Petersburg,...

Daily Links 01 December 2004

Fiddler Beneath the Gun Impaling a head on a pole and putting a cigarette in his mouth? That was pretty bad. Audio tape of “an Israeli officer pumping the body of a 13-year-old girl full of bullets and then saying he would have shot her even if she had been three years old”? Well, there’s...

Daily Links 22 November 2004

Our Christian Son-of-a-Bitch Far from Falluja there’s another battle raging that’s just as vicious and even more dangerous in its implications. But the American press is for the most part ignoring the civil war in West Africa’s Ivory Coast, since it involves nobody, really, just Africans and the French. Which is whyDouglas Farah‘s overview of the...

20 July 2004 Daily Links

News of the Weird (press releases): on Sept 12, 2004, in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Churches will sponsor a premiere screening of Davey and Goliath’s Snowboard Adventure. This is not a joke. Which is what makes it funny. And kind of sad. / CORRECTION: A reader writes: “Your sarcastic put-down of the preview of the new...

15 July 2004 Daily Links

Day One — and ten years to go. So says Chuck Colson, Nixon dirty trickster turned evangelical leader, about the fight for a marriage amendment. A fight, some religious leaders say, that is just getting started — despite Wednesday’s Senate defeat. Alan Cooperman reports for The Washington Post. Leaders of mainline Presbyterianism have “officially equated the Jewish state...

01 July 2004 Daily Links

Reuters’s Parisa Hafezi reports on concern among some Iranian clergy that a secular, democratic Iraq may shift the balance of power within Shi’ite Islam from the Iranian holy city of Qom to Iraq’s Najaf. The holy city of Qom has been not just the center of Shi’ite authority, but also the center of Iran’s conservative political and...