Intermountain Jewish News

Jul 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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Hezbollah operative planning attacks on Jewish targets sentenced in Cyprus

Ron Kampeas The dual Lebanese-Canadian citizen was given a six-year prison term after material used for explosives was found in his home. ... [Link]

Hamas terror cell planning attack arrested in West Bank

Marcy Oster Among the 40 operatives arrested were Hamas officials who have been jailed in the past for their involvement in terror activities. ... [Link]

S. African Jewish board files racism complaint against ex-student leader

Marcy Oster The ex-Witwatersrand University leader made “racist and defamatory comments” on the radio against the South African Jewish community, according to the board’s criminal complaint. ... [Link]

Jerusalem family renovating home uncovers 2,000-year-old mikvah

Ron Kampeas The ritual bath was excavated in a neighborhood long believed to be the home of John the Baptist, the ascetic Jewish preacher who inspired Jesus. ... [Link]

Amsterdam chief rabbi to resign 

Cnaan Liphshiz Aryeh Ralbag, whose contract expires in 2017, has had a tense relationship with the board of the Jewish Community of the Netherlands. ... [Link]

Nicholas Winton, Kindertransport organizer known as ‘British Schindler,’ dies at 106

Ron Kampeas Sir Nicholas Winton was known as the “British Schindler” for arranging the rescue of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to England. ... [Link]

WATCH: Ad tells Chuck Schumer to tip balance in Iran talks

Andrew Tobin The Emergency Committee for Israel released a video ad calling on New Yorkers to demand Schumer “stand firm” in the talks — especially on inspections. ... [Link]

Prague’s Jewish museum launches new permanent exhibit

Marcy Oster The historic Maisel Synagogue, located in the heart of the former Jewish district, also has undergone a major renovation. ... [Link]

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