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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

Intolerable Cruelty

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished August 22, 2012

Some view Arab Spring as a gateway toward democratic leadership in a number of Middle East nations. Others are less optimistic, concerned that Islamist fundamentalists will ascend to governance and cause more seismic shifts that will inure to Israel’s...

From left, Reggie Moore, Hala Assadi, Ali Hassarmi, Hla Assadi, Meghan Clark and Max Pepose perform at Central Reform Congregation last week. The performers are part of the St. Louis Flying Arches and the Galilee Circus from Israel.

Circus troupes bridge cultural divides

By Lauren Leone, St. Louis Beacon, stlbeacon.orgPublished August 8, 2012

The Galilee Circus, a Jewish-Arab circus youth troupe, happily find themselves in the circus ring with new and old friends from the St. Louis Flying Arches, a youth circus troupe from the city’s only social circus school, Circus Harmony. The troupes...

David Harris is the executive director of the American Jewish Committee. He served as national coordinator for Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jewry, Dec. 6, 1987.

A birthday reflection on the Jewish State

By David HarrisPublished April 25, 2012

What’s so special about a country’s 64th birthday?  Well, in the case of most nations, perhaps not all that much, unless the country happens to be Israel, which celebrates its birthday this year on April 25 and 26. Israel has the dubious distinction...

Soccer mob attacks Arabs at Jerusalem mall

JTAPublished March 23, 2012

A mob of rowdy soccer fans assaulted Arab patrons and workers at a Jerusalem shopping mall earlier this week. Hundreds of supporters of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team flooded the nearby Malha mall on Monday following a match chanting anti-Arab slogans,...

Six charged in beatings of soldiers in Haifa

JTAPublished March 8, 2012

Six Arab residents of Haifa were indicted in an attack on two off-duty Israeli soldiers in the city. The Haifa District Court judge who presided over Thursday's hearing said the attack on Shnir Dahan and Roie Sharaff did not appear to be motivated by...

Second Jerusalem church vandalized

JTAPublished February 20, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A church in Jerusalem was vandalized with an anti-Christian slogan. "Death to Christians" was painted on the walls of a church in Jerusalem on Monday. The words "Price Tag" and bad language about Jesus also were written on the Baptist Narkis...

Jerusalem monastery, Arab-Jewish school attacked

JTAPublished February 7, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Graffiti attacks against non-Jewish targets have continued in Israel, this time at a Jewish-Arab bilingual school and a Christian monastery.  "Death to Arabs" and "Kahane was right" was painted on the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab...

Anti-Arab graffiti sprayed on West Bank home

JTAPublished February 5, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Invective against Arabs was spray-painted on a home in a West Bank village. "Death to the Arabs" and the names of several Israeli unauthorized outposts demolished or set to be demolished were sprayed on a home in Al-Jeniya. Other graffiti...

Israel congratulates Egypt on new parliament

JTAPublished January 26, 2012

JERUSALEM—Israel congratulated Egypt on the inauguration of its new parliament, the first in the post-Mubarak era. "On the occasion of the opening session of the Egyptian parliament, on Jan. 23, Israel extends its congratulations to the people of Egypt...

Arab MKs blasted for Hamas meeting

JTAPublished January 20, 2012

Two Israeli parliamentarians blasted several of their Arab colleagues after pictures surfaced of them meeting with Hamas officials.  Knesset members Alex Miller Yisrael Beiteinu and Yoel Hasson of Kadima called for sanctions against Arab Knesset members...

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...

Arab demonstrators marking the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba hold Palestinian flags as they approach the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, between Syria and Israel on May 15. Photo: Hamad Almakt/Flash90/JTA

With border breaches, has the Arab Spring reached Israel?

By Uriel Heilman, JTA, TEL AVIVPublished May 18, 2011

If a single phrase could capture the sentiment that motivated thousands of Arabs to try to cross Israel's borders on Sunday to "retake Palestine" from the Jews, it would be this: Yes, we can. That can-do attitude had toppled regimes in Egypt and Tunisia,...

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