Jerusalem

Israel Is Walling Itself In, Literally

Israel announced this week that it plans to build a fence on its Syrian border for security purposes. That makes perfect sense, given that Syria is in the midst of a horrific civil war whose ripple effect is fraught with uncertainty.

Israel Is Walling Itself In

With fences and Iron Dome, hunkering down for the long haul.
01/10/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Israel announced this week that it plans to build a fence on its Syrian border for security purposes. That makes perfect sense, given that Syria is in the midst of a horrific civil war whose ripple effect is fraught with uncertainty.

This Is What Peace Looks Like

12/06/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Being here in Israel on a brief but intense four-day mission, and given all that is going on right now as a result of Israel's announced intention to begin new construction in so-called area E-1, between Ramallah and Ma'aleh Adumim, the title of my article must seem strange. 

Rabbi Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Erev Shabbat: The Beautiful Moment Just Before

I remember the wet stones. When I lived in Jerusalem for a year, I spent Fridays slipping all over the place. In the hours before sunset, the Old City’s enchanting stones became slip-and-slides as young boys bearing buckets of water glazed the timeless stairways and passages, giving the holy city the last bath just before Shabbat.

Erev Shabbat is more of a struggle to create stateside than in Israel. Wikimedia Commons

Hillary Clinton, In Jerusalem, Says Israel Lacks Empathy For Palestinians

12/03/2012 - 19:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Nov. 30 accused Israel of being suspicious of Palestinians and showing a “lack of generosity” and “lack of empathy” to them, saying there is “more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds.”

“I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion,” Clinton said at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington, DC.

Six Women Detained For Wearing Prayer Shawls At Western Wall

11/14/2012 - 19:00

 

Six women were detained by Jerusalem police for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall as more than 100 women gathered there for the monthly Women of the Wall service.

The detainments Thursday, on the first day of the Hebrew month Kislev, follow the arrest at last month's service of Women of the Wall leader Anat Hoffman. Hoffman was not at Thursday’s service, as she was banned from the Wall for 30 days following her arrest on Oct. 17.

The detainments occurred before the service began as women were putting on their tallitot.

Progress On `The Other Peace Process’

10/31/2012 - 20:00

Kadi Iyad Zahalka, the judge of the Muslim Shariya court in Jerusalem of the state of Israel, and I were grateful for the opportunity to be able to present our ideas about “the other peace process” to a number of New York audiences in recent days.

Christian Monastery In Jerusalem Vandalized

10/02/2012 - 20:00

Unknown vandals spray painted anti-Christian graffiti on the walls of a Franciscan monastery in Jerusalem.

The graffiti on the walls of the monastery, located on Mount Zion, read, “Jesus is a son of a bitch” and “price tag.” It was discovered early Tuesday morning.

Jerusalem Police reportedly have opened an investigation, and say the attack has “nationalistic motives.”

Christian Monastery In Jerusalem Vandalized

Graffiti uses profanity to refer to Jesus.
10/01/2012 - 20:00

Unknown vandals spray painted anti-Christian graffiti on the walls of a Franciscan monastery in Jerusalem.

The graffiti on the walls of the monastery, located on Mount Zion, read "Jesus is a son of a bitch" and "price tag." It was discovered early Tuesday morning.

Jerusalem Police reportedly have opened an investigation, and say the attack has "nationalistic motives."

Graffiti discovered on monastery walls on Tuesday is the second incident of such vandalism in the Jerusalem area in two months.
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