Knesset

MK Einat Wilf On Being Intermarried But Not Interfaith

As promised, my interview with intermarried, up-and-coming Knesset member Einat Wilf is now online, so please check it out.

In case you just want to read the in-the-mix-related highlights, I excerpt them below. Interestingly, she insists that her marriage is not interfaith, because she and her German husband share the same faith: atheism. Although I'm not atheist myself, as a very liberal agnostic, I wish American politicians could get away with this kind of unapologetic, completely un-closeted atheism.

Israeli Lawmaker: I Offered Mubarak Asylum

08/03/2011

As the trial of Hosni Mubarak began in Egypt, an Israeli lawmaker said he had offered political asylum in Israel to the longtime Egyptian president.

Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, a Knesset member from the Labor Party, told Israel’s Army Radio on Wednesday that he had made the offer to an ailing Mubarak several months ago in Sharm el-Sheikh, a Red Sea resort city in Egypt.

For Israel’s Arabs, Sense of Disenfranchisement as Israel Marks 63rd Birthday

05/10/2011
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In an elegant limestone building in a Jerusalem neighborhood that before 1948 was home to the city’s Palestinian elite, a group of Jewish and Arab Israeli academics recently tried to untangle one of Israel’s most complex and charged questions: the status of its Arab minority.

AJC criticizes "inappropriate" Knesset hearings on J Street

J Street still makes some major Jewish leaders nervous, but that doesn't mean they like the idea of Israeli politicians mucking around in the internal affairs of the a diverse American Jewish community.

Today the American Jewish Committee criticized this week's Knesset hearings into whether J Street is really the pro-Israel, pro-peace group it claims to be.

Knesset Hearings on J Street Up Ante in Debate About ‘Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace’ Lobby

03/15/2011
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Is turnabout fair play when Israel examines the critics who would examine its actions?

Groups on the Jewish left expressed outrage last week after the Knesset subcommittee on public diplomacy voted to convene hearings on J Street, the Washington-based lobby that calls itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace.”

The hearing is set to take place next week, and J Street director Jeremy Ben-Ami and Davidi Gilo, an American Israeli who is a major funder of the group, have agreed to testify.

Knesset committee to discuss J Street

03/10/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli Knesset committee will hold a hearing on the activities of J Street.

The Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Public Diplomacy Committee said Wednesday that the hearing on J Street, which calls itself a "pro-Israel, pro-peace" organization, will be held as soon as next week.

Americans for Peace Now said it was outraged by the hearing.

Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wilf?

Forget the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Turns out a Knesset member merits her own special boycott — not because she’s Israeli, but because she’s intermarried.

Israeli Lawmakers Discuss Google Street View

02/21/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A team of Knesset Cabinet members met to discuss security and privacy concerns surrounding the operation of Google Street View in Israel.

Google Street View, an on-line mapping tool which provides a three-dimensional view of buildings, landmarks, and streets around the world, is set to be operated in Israel in coming months.

Inquiries Into Left-Wing NGOs Could Violate Rights, Israel AG Says

02/21/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The establishment of panels of inquiry to look into the funding and activities of left-leaning non-governmental organizations could violate basic human rights, Israel's attorney general said.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein made the statement Sunday in a brief filed with Israel's Supreme Court, in response to a petition asking the court to prevent the establishment of such Knesset inquiry panels.

The Knesset is set to vote next week on a bill that would establish two panels to look into the funding sources and activities of left-wing organizations.

Sunny California, Lost-And-Found Jews And Arabic Lotharios

I admit it.

I abandoned my husband and children for four days to jet off to sunny California, and I don’t regret it one bit. Worse still, I abandoned Ye Olde Blogge for a full week, a transgression for which traveling, alas, no longer offers an adequate excuse.

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