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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Martin Raffel

New directions in assault on Israel’s legitimacy

BY MARTIN RAFFELPublished May 9, 2012

There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed...

Students at the Max Rayne Bilingual School in Jerusalem, a K-12 public school with some 530 students, part of the Hand in Hand nonprofit educational organization.

Israeli school offers model for uniting Jewish, Arab students

By Eetta Prince-Gibson, JTAPublished April 25, 2012

JERUSALEM—The two seventh-grade girls walk together down the hall, their heads touching as they talk excitedly. Dana’s dark auburn hair is pulled back in a ponytail. Waard’s head is covered by a hijab, the traditional Arab headscarf, held with a...

Israeli-Arab mob attacks two Israeli soldiers

JTAPublished February 26, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Seven Israeli Arabs were arrested in an attack on two off-duty Israeli soldiers in Haifa. The soldiers, who were in civilian clothing, were attacked last Friday night outside Rambam Medical Center. A group of Israeli-Arab men first asked...

Zidan Badran, mayor of the Israeli portion of the Arab town of
Bartaa, stands on the seam that separates the Israeli part of town
from its West Bank portion.

A divided town, where the pursuit of bargains brings together Israelis and Palestinians

By Linda Gradstein, JTAPublished February 16, 2012

BARTA'A, West Bank -- In these days of frozen peace negotiations, most Israelis and Palestinians have little contact. Palestinians need a special permit to enter Israel, and Israelis need army permission to enter the parts of the West Bank controlled...

Knesset member suspended over crude poem

JTAPublished January 17, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Knesset Ethics Committee suspended Israeli-Arab lawmaker Ahmed Tibi after he attacked a fellow lawmaker with an insulting poem. On Tuesday, the committee suspended Tibi for a week for reciting an original poem using dirty and hurtful...

Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Why Jews should care about the rights of Israeli Arabs

By Rabbi Sid Schwarz, JTAPublished January 13, 2012

WASHINGTON -- About a year and half ago, I participated in a fact-finding mission to Israel sponsored by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arabs (IATF). Established in 2006 as a consortium of some of the major organizations in American Jewish life...

GALIT LEV-HARIR

A lesson for Mideast peace in U.S. struggle against racism: It’s all about education

BY GALIT LEV-HARIRPublished May 11, 2011

One of the most powerful and memorable books I ever read was "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, which provides glimpses into the relationships between black and white women in 1962 Mississippi. After I finished the book, I spent a lot of time thinking about...

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