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

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

St. Louis Jewish Light


Local Jewish organization’s response to UN resolution sparks internal debate

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished January 18, 2017

The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis has received criticism from some people involved with the organization for its lack of opposition to U.S. actions on the U.N. Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Members of the...

Israel’s West Bank plans stir U.S. furor, settlers’ ire

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished June 7, 2012

JERUSALEM — Israel’s government coupled its compliance with a Supreme Court order to remove buildings from a neighborhood on the outskirts of the Beit El settlement with the announcement of new construction in several West Bank areas. The latter action...

Editorial: Unsettled law

Published May 16, 2012

Here’s a novel concept in dealing with the Ulpana apartment buildings in Beit El, Israel: Apply law and equity, and forget politics. The 30 apartment units are ordered by Israel’s highest court to be demolished by July 1. The court determined that...

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...

Liberman: Israel might withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council

JTAPublished March 23, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman reportedly said he might recall Israel's ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council after the council voted 36-1 to to investigate the effects of Jewish settlements on Palestinians. Liberman also...

Beinart’s boycott plan deals a blow to peace bid

By Steven Bayme, JTAPublished March 22, 2012

NEW YORK -- Far from charting a path toward peace for Israelis and Palestinians, Peter Beinart’s advice, “boycott the settlements to save Israel,” would make peace far less likely. Beinart’s boycott plan assumes that Jewish settlement on the West...

Netanyahu calls Human Rights Council decision ‘hypocritical’

JTAPublished March 22, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at a U.N. Human Rights Council decision to investigate Jewish settlements, calling it "hypocritical" and detached from reality. On Thursday, the council passed a resolution by a vote of...

Palestinian woman caught preparing terror attack

JTAPublished March 6, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian woman caught carrying a large knife near the security fence of a West Bank settlement said she was planning to carry out an attack. Police captured the woman, 32, outside the settlement of Emmanuel in the northern West Bank....

Israeli committee approves housing in West Bank’s Shiloh

JTAPublished February 22, 2012

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli government committee approved construction permits for some 500 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh and legalized more than 100 already constructed units. The housing units legalized Wednesday by the Civil Administration...

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...

Settlers, officers hurt in outpost demolition

JTAPublished January 19, 2012

JERUSALEM—Six West Bank settlers and three police officers were hurt during the demolition of an illegal outpost near Jericho. Settlers threw rocks at police early Thursday morning when they gathered at an outpost near Mitzpeh Jericho to raze six dwellings....

Second Fogel family killer sentenced to five life sentences

JTAPublished January 16, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A second Palestinian man was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the murder of five members of the Fogel family in a West Bank Jewish settlement. Amjad Awad, 19, was sentenced Monday in a West Bank military court. He was convicted...

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