Intermountain Jewish News

Aug 02nd


Supreme Court: Jewish Jerusalem does not exist

Forget East Jerusalem. Forget a unified Jerusalem. Forget an Arab Jerusalem. The Supreme Court ruled against a Jewish Jerusalem.

It is absolutely critical to understand what this week’s Supreme Court decision on Jerusalem and Israel was not about.

The court ruled that a baby born to American citizens in an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem may not list Israel as his country of birth on his American passport.

This was not about whether Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:23 )


Lesser of two evils: With Israel at the UN

How’s this for a choice that’s not a choice? Ask the UN to delete Israel from a blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights during conflict — but only if Hamas is deleted, too. Or, blacklist both Israel and Hamas. That’s the “choice” that Israel faced at the UN last week when Secretary General Ban Ki-moon submitted the blacklist to the Security Council.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2015 08:19 )


Winter to summer

It seems we have gone from winter to summer with no spring in between. And if this surprises you, you haven’t been in Colorado very long. If the change in weather didn’t signal summer, some perennial Jewish community events certainly have. Last Sunday, hundreds turned out for JEWISHcolorado’s Walk for Israel at the Loup JCC. We always know summer is coming when the sea of walkers wearing and carrying blue and white meander through the Hilltop neighborhood, declaring their love of Israel....

Land of the free

Headscarves. Yarmulkes. Small items that make a big statement about freedom. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious rights. In 2008, Samantha Elauf, an 18-year-old girl, was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch strictly because she wore a hijab, the traditional Muslim female head covering. Elauf’s hijab, the court ruled, would not cause “undue hardship” on the business.

Agenda item for Colorado Legislature — Follow Illinois: Outlaw BDS

Illinois barred state pension funds from including ?companies that boycott Israel. Memo to Colorado: ?Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. “We anticipate that this legislation will become a model for similar action in many other states,” said Chicago Jewish United Fund President Steven Nasatir, upon the passage of timely pro-Israel legislation by the Illinois legislature May 18. A bill passed the state’s House of Representatives unanimously — 102-0. The bill had earlier passed...
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After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough

Ben Sales A string of violent attacks has prompted a broad spectrum of Israelis to call for more aggressive action against Jewish terrorism. ... [Link]

Memorial held for teen killed in gay pride parade stabbing

Marcy Oster Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, told the hundreds of vigil participants, “do not be afraid to be who you are.” ... [Link]

Jewish suspects in deadly firebombing can be held without charges

Marcy Oster Israel’s security Cabinet allows administrative detention, a measure to prevent terrorism, in an attack that killed a baby boy. ... [Link]

Massive Jerusalem fire brought under control amid heatwave

Marcy Oster Some 30 firefighting teams and at least four airplanes battled the blaze, which led to the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes. ... [Link]

2 observant Jews sue N.Y. apartment building over electronic keys

Marcy Oster The men filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging religious discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. ... [Link]

16-year-old girl stabbed at Jerusalem pride parade dies of wounds

Marcy Oster Yishai Schlissel, a haredi Orthodox man from the West Bank, is in police custody. He was found psychologically fit to stand trial after allegedly stabbing six marchers. ... [Link]

Israeli lawmaker calls gay pride parade an ‘abomination march’

Marcy Oster Jewish Home’s Betzalel Smotrich also said: “I object vehemently to violence, and promise to object no less vehemently to the recognition of same-sex couples in the Jewish State.” ... [Link]

Rivlin’s security force files police complaint following threats

Marcy Oster Threats on social media include a call for Rivlin’s assassination and a photo showing the president wearing a black-and-white-checkered kaffiyah. ... [Link]

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