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Thousands of Athletes to Compete in “Jewish Olympics”
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

More than 1,100 American Jewish athletes will be competing in the Maccabiah Games, known as the “Jewish Olympics” and held in Israel once every four years. More than 1,100 America ...

VIDEOS: Just Vision
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Preview Ronit Avni's inspiring films about nonviolence in the Holy Land. In “ Stories Wor ...

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Intervenes on the Recruitment of Christian Arabs into Israeli Army
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

The Catholic Church's Justice and Peace Commission of the Holy Land led by Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah has issued a statement against attempts by the Israeli Defense Force to begin conscripting Chris ...

Stories Worth Telling
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We need to hear more about the people committed to peace. IN HER JEWISH school in Montreal, Roni ...

Privacy from Rulers: Tents of Ancient Israel, Cell Phones of Today
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Are there any spiritual and religious roots to the notion of personal and household privacy? What does the ancient arrangement of tents in an ancient Israelite encampment have to ...

Rabbi’s Message for American Jews: Change or Die
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, ordained in the liberal Reconstructionist tradition, sees a divide between generations of American Jews that could spell disaster for the community. Rabbi Si ...

A Holy Land Without Christians?
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Arab Christians are vital to a thriving Middle East - and their numbers are dwindling. LIKE MANY ...

DRONE WATCH: Israel Shoots Down Drone
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Israel shoots down drone off of its northern coast. An Israeli jet shot down a drone off its northern coast on Thursday. While some Israeli officials said they believed it was a ...

Tensions Flare Over Women’s Prayers at Sacred Western Wall
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

The ultra-Orthodox rabbi in charge of the sacred Western Wall assured a government emissary on Thursday that Jewish women will not be arrested if they try to recite the mourner’s prayer at the holy site, despi ...

President Obama, You Are Welcome in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

If you are in support of justice and a positive peace, I call on you not to be one of those who prefer “order” and the “absence of tension.” Rather, be one of the blessed who are the peacemakers. ...

Dear President Obama: Do Not Visit Bethlehem’s Nativity Church
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

I suggest that as the president enters the town, from Jerusalem I presume, that he takes a look to his right, and he will see the separation wall. It is hard to miss. It is that ugly concrete structure that gi ...

A Palestinian Pastor’s Advice for President Obama
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 1:19pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama will be visiting Israel and Palestine in March. I call on you to write to Obama and tell him that if he is coming to engage Israelis and Palestinians in talks that will lead to a just pe ...

Namibia-Angola War Retrospectives
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

As President Obama prepares to travel to Israel and Palestine, we can hope and pray that models such as the ones found along the Okavango River in Namibia/Angola will inspire local Syrians and Israelis beside ...

The Remarkable Power of Peace + Social Media
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Last week, while most of Israel was focused on increasingly extreme rhetoric surrounding the upcoming elections and most Americans were listening to angry debates about guns and fiscal responsibility, a remark ...

Aren't We Supposed to Be Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels Wherever I go in the world, I want to be quick to listen to differing perspectives and slow to pick sides. ...

What Are You Singing: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

One question I am left with as I think about Bethlehem and the places surrounding it this Christmas is What would Jesus have to say about this conflict? I don’t know about you, bu ...

David’s Sling: Israel, Hezbollah, and the Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

The connection between God and violence permeates the Bible, with God apparently sanctioning violence against God’s enemies. So we rightly ask, “What about all the violence in the Bible?” ...

Jewish and Christian Leaders Try to Revive At-Risk Interfaith Group
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

As a coalition of mostly Christian groups gathered here Thursday to support church leaders who have publicly questioned U.S. aid to Israel, those same church leaders signaled that they want to reconcile with t ...

Palestinian Christians Rally for U.N. Status Upgrade
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

The time has come to do right for the Palestinians. It is time to unite in support for justice through peaceful means. Palestinians deserve freedom and dignity, and any step that brings this just and moral cau ...

On Thanksgiving, Jews and Muslims Volunteer Together Despite Middle East Violence
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

It’s an idea that feels particularly poignant this Thanksgiving: American Jews and Muslims banding together to help the homeless and other needy people. WASHINGTON — It’s an idea ...

What About Them?
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

If I were inclined to give mathematical value to people based on the media coverage I watched on “Fox & Friends” this morning, I would come to this conclusion: 3 Israelis > 15 Palestinians ...

10 Things I Learned in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

"No matter how objective we may think we are or desire to be, we all see the world through a specific telescope/worldview. When we choose to look through the telescope of people who are “different” than u ...

Calvin and God’s Gift of … Racism?
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

Calvinism ... seems to be more of a “Daddy loves me best” argument than any legitimate basis for a religious movement. I’ve had a number of interesting discussions with various pe ...

Jews Rally Around Woman Arrested for Praying at Western Wall
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM -- Jews from Manhattan to Mozambique held prayer vigils on Monday to protest the arrest and incarceration of an Israeli feminist as she was leading 250 American Jewish women in prayer at the Western ...

DRONE WATCH: Continuing Controversy Over Drone Shot Down By Israel
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

Israel shoots down drone flown by Hezbollah. Nearly two weeks ago, Israeli jets shot down a drone  that had crossed into its airspace. For several days, there was speculation t ...

Three Ds for Israel & Palestine
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

Several of my rabbi friends have explained to me that there are three Ds that we should keep in mind when we criticize the policies of the State of Israel as we work for justice and peace for Israelis and Pale ...

Six Questions for Leila Sansour
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Leila Sansour, Catholic Palestinian film director and founder of the nonprofit Open Bethlehem ...

'Innocence of Muslims' Video Suggests a Fetish for Armageddon
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Pray for the makers of the film, for the Muslims in Libya and Egypt who have reacted in anger, and for the people of Israel who wake up every day, resented or reviled by so many of their neighbors. ...

Blindfolded Judges
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

In the bright light of these days’ events it is helpful to be reminded of unalterable truths that transcend party conventions and oppressive governments In the bright light of the ...

When All of Abraham’s Children Share a Table: A Moment I’ll Never Forget
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

Standing between my friends — a Muslim Palestinian and Jewish Rabbi — I prayed that this meal would be a picture of reconciliation found among the children of Abraham, because as a follower of the pro-people J ...

Photo Essay: 'Ramadan Kareem' at Jerusalem Checkpoints?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 6:47am | Type: Blog

Due to a temporary relaxation in Israeli policy, many Palestinians traveled to Jerusalem through checkpoints during Ramadan this year. But now that Ramadan is over, it’s back to business as usual. ...

Is Skinny Dipping in the Sea of Galilee Sacrilegious?
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

More than 20 lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides, including one nude congressman, took a booze-fueled late-night swim in Israel’s Sea of Galilee last summer, Politico reported on Monday. Which leaves at least one ...

Politics, Gaffes, and Truth
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

One wonders if we have received a rare gift of unaltered reality in this period of deepening crisis in the Holy Land and overheated atmosphere in the American presidential campaign. ...

Pollster: Romney’s Israel Visit to Have Little Effect on Jewish Vote
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Neither Mitt Romney’s trip to Israel Saturday nor President Obama’s Middle East policies will have much effect on Jewish voters this fall, according to a new report that says Jewish voting pattern ...

Foremost Rabbinic Authority in the World Dies at 102
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, considered by many the foremost rabbinic authority in the Jewish world, died in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He was 102. JERUSALEM — Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, conside ...

Fighting the Real Enemy: Fear
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "That's just like my mom, to send me a message through a Jewish woman!" Siham Abu ...

Preventing an Iranian Bomb
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright History shows engagement, not attack, dissuades countries from developing nuclear weapons. CA ...

United Methodists Reject Calls for Divestment from Israel-Related Companies
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

United Methodists twice rejected measures on Wednesday (May 2) that called for the denomination to divest from companies accused of contributing to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. ...

Israel and Palestine: There is Hope
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

I was asked recently, is there really any hope for Israel? The answer is yes, there is. Imagine living in a United States of America where every single citizen over the age of 18 ...

Take to the Streets
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

Akiva Eldar describes the weakness of the Israeli government when faced with non-violent protest A provocative piece this morning from Akiva Eldar, chief political columni ...

The Power of Attention in East Jerusalem
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 8:20am | Type: Blog

The problem with peaceful protests is that they lack all the headline-grabbing horror of wars and terrorist attacks. They lack the “power of attention” as filmmaker Julia Bacha likes to say. ...

Stifling the Persian Spring
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reza Aslan How U.S. and Israeli threats are undermining the democracy movement in Iran. WE IRANIANS ARE a cyn ...

Palestinian Christians React to Israeli Ambassador’s Claims about Holy Land Churches
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

What we are saying, is that for us, the real issue and the core of our struggles is the Israeli occupation. Two weeks ago, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Or ...

Israeli Postmen Refuse to Deliver Hebrew-language Bibles
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 7:18pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Israeli postal workers outside Tel Aviv are refusing to deliver thousands of copies of the New Testament and other Hebrew-language Christian materials. JERUSALEM — Is ...

President Obama's AIPAC Speech and Reaction
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

In a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, President Obama urged Israeli leaders to refrain from "loose talk of war" relate ...

Company Touts 'Medical Tourism" in Israel for Sick Pilgrims
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Every year, thousands of Americans travel abroad for less-expensive fertility treatments, hip replacements and other medical procedures. Now, an Israel-based tourism company is offering a package t ...

Is Iran Really a Threat?
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

It seems like every day we hear from another politician saying that “we are ready to attack Iran if necessary," or from another pundit full of hot air telling us why we should invade Iran right now. ...

Jimmy Carter on the Role of Faith in Egypt/Israel Peace Talks, His Own Life (in and out of the White House)
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

In this wide-ranging interview, the Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush spoke to President Carter by phone about the role faith played in the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, the time of h ...

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 Huffington Post: An Interview with United States 39 th President Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the United ...

Christians Fighting Over Holy Places (Physically and Figuratively)
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The disturbing footage of the monks fighting in Bethlehem’s Nativity Church has been seen around the world. This is not the first time such a fight has erupted. The natural reaction any Christians should have ...