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Peace Now, Honey: Ten Islamic Marriage Tips For Your Wives (and Israel)

Today's Saudi Gazette has some advice about how to be "a successful wife." 

10. Use your ‘Fitnah’ (the beauty Allah has bestowed on you) to win the heart of your husband.

Palestinian Mosque Torched, Allegedly by Jews

10/04/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Palestinian mosque in a Hebron-area village was vandalized and set on fire, allegedly by Jews.

In addition to graffiti spray-painted on the building, several volumes of the Koran and prayer rugs were burned in the fire set late Sunday night.

“The IDF and security officials are working in order to find those responsible, and we view this as a grave and serious incident,” head of the Israeli Civil Administration, Brig. Gen. Yoel Mordechai, said Monday.

How Jacob Met Dolly

10/04/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Thirty years after Jacob Chinitz, a Conservative rabbi, and his wife Ruth and two children moved to Israel, he took an interim post at a Montreal synagogue. A woman in his Bible class there would turn out to be his next wife. But not yet.

Jacob was widowed in 2005 after 50 years of marriage. He was back in Israel and still had the company there of two children and six grandchildren. But it's not the same as a partner. "Two years later, I was still lonely," says the rabbi.

Jacob Chinitz and Dolly Dezsofi

Israeli Soldiers Convicted of Using Human Shield

10/03/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA)-- An Israeli military court convicted two soldiers of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during the Gaza war.

The Israeli soldiers were convicted of inappropriate behavior and overstepping authority on Sunday, for forcing an 11-year-old Palestinian boy to open bags they believed to be armed with explosives during a search conducted in southern Gaza City in January 2009.

It is the first convictions on the use of human shields, which is prohibited by Israeli military protocol, according to Haaretz.

A Saint for the Lovelorn

09/29/2010
Special to the Jewish

The thing about Jerusalem is, you’re bound to run into someone you know at some point.

And by “you” I mean, “me.”

Which is another way of saying, while waiting for the bus the other day, the gentleman who walked by and then parked himself right behind me and who looked suspiciously like the gentleman in the States who had once stolen my heart, was no doubt the very same man.

And the skinny blonde by his side?

Abigail Pickus

Marchers Protest Jerusalem Neighborhood’s Gender Separation

09/29/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Protesters marched in Mea Shearim, a day after Israel's Supreme Court ruled that men and women cannot be segregated on its main street.

The demonstrators marched Wednesday in the fervently religious neighborhood of Jerusalem to protest gender separation on public streets of the city.

The court on Tuesday approved the march over Jerusalem police objections, but ordered the route altered so that the march did not end at the central Shabbat Square.

Bibi Backs Away From Lieberman Plan

09/29/2010

(JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced himself from his foreign minister’s plan that would transfer Israeli Arab towns to a future Palestinian state in exchange for annexing Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Avigdor Lieberman offered a draft of his proposal Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. It would redraw the borders of Israel to include several large Jewish settlements in the West Bank and exclude large Israeli Arab towns, which would become part of a newly created Palestinian state.

The Last Word: Musings on Literary Estates, from Kafka to Kerouac

Last week I wrote about the ongoing battle over Chaim Grade's literary estate.  Then on Sunday, The New York Times Magazine had a front-pager on Kafka's  estate, which the National Library of Israel wants.  But which the descendants of Max Brod, who Kafka gave his papers to and told him to destroy, remain tied up in a ca

Ending the Jewish Construction Freeze was Right

09/28/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Under relentless pressure by the Obama administration, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed, last November, to a one-sided one-time10-month Jewish construction freeze on the six percent of the West Bank where Jews live.

Since the Oslo accords were signed in 1993, Israel hasn't built a single new settlement and has only built within the settlement borders as of 1993.

Two takes on the West Bank settlement debate

If you want to understand the maddeningly complex debate over Israel's West Bank settlements and U.S. policy, check out these two op-eds that articulately outline two opposing positions.

In today's Washington Post, columnist Richard Cohen took the Obama administration to task for what he says is its counterproductive focus on stopping settlement construction as a necessary precursor of a viable peace process.

Cohen accurately laid out the emotional punch the issue carries for both sides:

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