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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...

Romney’s comments aside, the Palestinian economy is tottering

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished August 2, 2012

JERUSALEM – Mitt Romney may have caused a storm of criticism by asserting that “culture makes all the difference” between the success of the Israeli economy and the Palestinians’ economic struggles. But the near future of the Palestinian economy...

StandWithUs pro-Israel ads on New Yorks Metro-North line going public the week of July 30, 2012 are intended to counter anti-Israel ads at the railroad stations.

StandWithUs to place pro-Israel ads in suburban N.Y. rail stations

JTA REPORTPublished July 25, 2012

The Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs will place pro-Israel advertisements in suburban New York public transit stations that are displaying anti-Israel ads. StandWithUs will place a total of 75 ads in Metro-North railway stations in Westchester...

Presbyterians narrowly reject divestment

Presbyterians narrowly reject divestment

JTA REPORTPublished July 6, 2012

WASHINGTON — In a narrow vote, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected divestment from companies doing business with Israeli security forces in the West Bank. The 333-331 vote, with two abstentions, in Pittsburgh late Thursday...

Larry Levin

Alice in Wordlessland

BY LARRY LEVINPublished June 27, 2012

Last week, the world learned that the author Alice Walker refused to allow a new Hebrew edition of her award-winning novel, “The Color Purple,” to be published in Israel. The decision was based on her observation of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian...

Tal Brody

Now’s the Time for Financial Zionism

By Tal BrodyPublished June 13, 2012

Many casual observers of contemporary Israeli affairs face a puzzling dilemma when asked to think about the effects of the so-called BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. On the one hand, they hear reports of ever-increasing accomplishments in...

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...

Grant Fox

Grant Fox, United Hebrew Congregation

Published April 18, 2012

Grant Fox loves the game of “sporting clays,” a form of clay pigeon shooting often described as “golf with a shotgun.” Son of Karen and Rick Fox of Wildwood, Grant held a sporting clays tournament to benefit Thank Israeli Soldiers (TIS), a non-profit...

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...

President Barack Obama

Lawmakers query Obama officials on P.A. funding, statehood push

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials faced tough questions from lawmakers on funding for the Palestinian Authority and its efforts to seek statehood recognition. During a hearing Tuesday of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana...

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