Palestinian

A Palestinian Caregiver With A Heimishe Touch

In Park Slope, a tale of coexistence and toilet training.

07/15/2014
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On Friday nights I get to my girlfriend Brenda’s Park Slope clapboard and welcome Shabbos with her and her 3-year-old daughter Marta. I stay through the weekend and on Monday mornings will walk Brenda and Marta to Rida’s two-story house, where Marta and several other children will spend the day.    

An observant single mom finds an unlikely caregiver for her daughter. Trevor Owens via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Riots After Palestinian Teen Found Dead

Palestinian authorities claim the attack was revenge.

07/02/2014
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In what Palestinians are claiming to be an act of revenge for the three slain Israeli youth, the body of a Palestinian youth was found in a Jerusalem forest on Wednesday. As the tensions escalate, Israeli leaders call for restraint until the facts become clearer.

Palestinians throw stones at the Israeli police during clashes on Wednesday. Courtesy of timesofisrael.com

Praying For Peace Like Talking To A Wall

Pope Francis should have learned in his visit last week to the West Bank and then to Jerusalem that praying for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is like talking to a wall. But he’s not one to give up easily, so he invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to the Vatican on June 8 to seek divine intervention.

That may be the best hope for peace, and that’s a very sad commentary. 

Peace Process? What Peace Process?

If you’re wondering what President Obama plans to do next about peace between Israel and the Palestinians just read his West Point speech this week.

Nothing.  He didn’t mention it once.

He only mentioned Israel twice and then in reference to other issues – Egypt’s peace treaty and Iran’s nuclear ambitions – and the Palestinians not at all.

FaceGlat May Be a More Modest Facebook But It's Not Hacker-Proof

FaceGlat, the ultra-Orthodox social networking site, is an attempt to offer Haredi Jews the experience of Facebook without all the immodesty. From the opening page it reminds one of public restrooms with a sign for men to enter through one door and women to enter through their own door. FaceGlat's name is a mashup of Facebook and glatt, the term for kosher meat considered to be a higher standard of kosher because of the source animal's smooth lungs.

The ultra-Orthodox version of Facebook gets hacked by Palestinian hackers from Jordan for the second time.

Julian and Juliano: "Miral" and the Death of an Actor

Earlier this week the Israeli-Arab actor and peace activist Juliano Mer Khamis, 52, was shot dead, presumably by Palestinian militants.  The New York Times had a moving story about the funeral for Mer Khamis held on Wednesday, reporting that the Israeli government allowed his coffin to be taken briefly to the edge of a West Bank checkpoint. They made the gesture so his Palestinian supporters could pay their respects, as they were not permitted to go to his burial inside Israel.

"100 Percent Palestinian And 100 Percent Jewish"

I was very sorry to learn of the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis, 52, an actor who famously described himself as “100 percent Palestinian and 100 percent Jewish.”

Born in Nazareth to a Jewish mother and Arab-Israeli father (making him halachically Jewish), Mer-Khamis, a onetime paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, co-created and ran The Freedom Theatre, a company for Palestinian children and youth from the refugee camp of Jenin.

‘Third Intifada’ Facebook Page Abusing Technology, ADL Says

03/27/2011

(JTA) -- A Facebook page calling for a third Palestinian intifada is abusing technology to promote terrorist violence and should be taken down, the Anti-Defamation League said.

Hadassah Son Meets Iman's Daughter

Before you use up your allotted 20 free New York Times articles (although, as a journalist, I must encourage you to subscribe and pony up anyway), check out the following articles:

This one, a Q&A (by former Jerusalem bureau chief Deborah Sontag) with Julian Schnabel, the pajama-clad Jewish director of the film, "Miral," which opens tomorrow in New York and has already garnered criticism/condemnation from Jewish groups and bad reviews from The Jewish Week and elsewhere.

The IDF Speaks: Violence and the West Bank

Wars are never pretty.  They're even uglier in the Middle East, where the lines between conflict and quiet are always in flux.  The images that greet us daily from the Muslim world are the most glaring; the endless rampage of hate-fueled violence makes you sick.  Forget about the millions who are cowed into silence; even more abhorrent is the constant stream of popular support violence receives.  Just look at The New York Times' front page story today on the many respe

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