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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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

David Makovsky, featured speaker at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19 at the JCC Arts and Education Building. Free and open to the public.

Noted scholar to discuss Iran, implications for Israel and world

STAFF REPORTPublished February 29, 2012

When the St. Louis Jewish Light began its collaboration with the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Community Relations Council to sponsor the quarterly “Can We Talk?” discussion series, the plan was to focus on topics that foster debate and are...

Arab Spring inflating Israel’s defense costs, Bibi tells U.S. Jewish leaders

JTAPublished February 20, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Islamistization of the Arab Spring movement has placed "enormous pressure" on Israeli defenses and progress in the peace process, Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders. The Israeli prime minister, speaking Sunday night to the...

Do more for peace, Mideast peace group urges Argentinian leaders

JTAPublished February 12, 2012

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Israeli and Palestinian leaders of the Peace NGO Forum urged Argentina's president and foreign minister to take a larger role in the Middle East peace process. President Cristina Fernandez and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman...

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...

Mufti Amin el-Husseini meeting with Adolf Hitler in Berlin on
Nov. 28, 1941.

A Palestinian mufti and the U.S. election, then and now

By Rafael Medoff, JTAPublished January 26, 2012

WASHINGTON—A Palestinian mufti has called for violence against Jews, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is demanding Palestinian leaders disavow him and America's presidential race could be affected. That could be the lead sentence of a news...

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...

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...

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