By WJC.. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday (February 27, 2013) described Zionism as a “crime against humanity” equal to anti-Semitism, fascism and Islamophobia. In remarks to an Alliance of Civilizations event of the United Nations held in Vienna and devoted to dialogue between the West and Islam, Erdogan lamented growing racism in Europe and the fact that many Muslims “who live in countries other than their own” often faced harsh discrimination.
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By Roger Cohen.. TEL AVIV On Shabbat, Yoraan Rafael Reuben and his wife, Anda, light candles, say prayers and watch a Hindi movie. He’s an Indian Jew who settled in Israel in 2005. She is from Romania by way of New York. In their early 30s, they are struggling to make their way in photography and graphic design. Life is expensive. If you are not in high tech, opportunities seem limited. They miss their families back in Mumbai and Bucharest. When Hamas rockets boomed last November, Anda said to Yoraan, “You know what, let’s get out of here.” But the moment passed, they stayed and they voted for Yair Lapid, the new kid on the Israeli political block after the election last month. (more…)
By Sam Sokol.. Vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations tells ‘Post’ American Jewry still cares. The demise of young American Jews’ interest in Israel is a myth, Malcolm Hoenlein told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
As the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations, Hoenlein is in the country as part of the umbrella organization’s yearly mission to consult with Israel’s leading political, social and religious figures. He sat down with the Post in his suite at the Inbal hotel to discuss the future of American Jewry and the challenges facing the organizations popularly known as the “Jewish establishment.” (more…)
By Lonnie C. Mings.. A couple of years ago, Mohamed Morsi, who is now Egypt’s president, referred to the Israelis as “descendants of apes and pigs,” and went on to say that peace talks with Zionists were a waste of time. Morsi’s statements were revealed in a compilation prepared this week by Middle East Media Research (MEMRI) and posted on the institute’s website. (more…)
By Pinhas Inbary.. A growing number of signs point to the fact that rival factions in Syria are ready for an agreement, including the regime of Bashar al-Assad. While it is too early to tell if these efforts will bear fruit, the mere recognition of the need for an agreement has implications on Syria and its neighbors in the Middle East, notably the Palestinians. (more…)
By Ryan Jones.. Various recent studies, including one by the US State Department, have noted a marked increase in anti-Semitism worldwide over the past several years. A casual look at the news reveals this problem is very real, and very likely to escalate.
The Swedish city of Malmo has been one flashpoint, with its sizeable Jewish community coming under repeated attack recently. The incidents reached such a crescendo that last week hundreds of Swedes held a march in solidarity with their Jewish neighbors. Unfortunately, the supposedly sympathetic response of Malmo Mayor Ilmar Reepalu was no less anti-Semitic. Reepalu suggested that as a strategy to lessen the attacks, local Jews should publicly reject Zionism, that millennia-old hope of all Jews to one day return to their ancestral and biblical homeland. (more…)
By Ryan Jones.. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday stated that Zionism and the rebirth of the Jewish state would not have succeeded without the backing and support of Christian Zionism.
Netanyahu was speaking at a rededication ceremony for the landmark windmill situated at the entrance to Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood built outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. (more…)
By Dexter van Zile. Another group of Christian peacemakers has issued yet another statement about the Arab-Israeli conflict. The authors of this document state their goal is to “respond faithfully and boldly to the situation in Israel and Palestine.” Apparently in the lexicon of the folks who wrote this document – a group that calls itself “Kairos USA” – “situation” is another word for “conflict” or “war” and “responding faithfully and boldly” means focusing the eye of Christian judgment on Israel and its alleged sins like the Eye of Sauron looking for the holder of the One Ring on the slopes of Mount Doom. (more…)
Dr. Paul Wilkinson, of Hazal Grove Full Gospel Church in the UK, has published an important report on his attendance at the second ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ Conference in Bethlehem in March 2012. The report analyses the conference - the organizers, the participants, the speakers and the presentations. He concludes that “by revising Middle Eastern history and spiritualising God’s prophetic Word, ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ speakers are guilty of propagating a theological or spiritual form of anti-Semitism which is damaging the Church, demonizing Israel, and dishonouring the integrity and Name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (more…)
What is the significance of the State of Israel for a Jew today? We talked about this with Rabbi David Brodman and asked him about his vision of Israel, the people, the land and the state. Brodman is a rabbi in Savion, near Tel Aviv. This is a region which itself has strong ties to Zionist and Biblical history. (more…)