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Denver Presbyterian clergy defend national moves but say they’re not BDS

Denver Presbyterian clergy defend national moves but say they’re not BDS

THERE was a time, not that long ago, when Jews and Presbyterians — in Denver and across the country — happily broke bread together.

There were shared trips to the Holy Land, plentiful opportunities for interfaith services and activities as well as joint action on human rights and social justice issues, particularly among Reform and Conservative Jews whose progressive agenda often coincided with that of Presbyterians.

Those days — at least for the moment — are over.

A resolution narrowly passed in June at the biennial General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has become a painful wedge between the communities.

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Peres has seen it all

Peres has seen it allJERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset for the last time as a public servant on July 24, just prior to the inauguration of his successor, Reuven Rivlin. Facing his professional home for al...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51 )

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Rally for Israel at State Capitol

Rally for Israel at State Capitol LET Israel finish the job against the Hamas terrorist infrastructure! was the overarching theme of Americans Against Terrorism’s rally for Israel, Sunday afternoon, July 27. ”Let Israel win” were the words proclaimed numerous times from the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol to an estimated crowd of 1,500 Israel supporters. But the three words were more than a wish for strength for the Israeli soldiers fighting in Gaza. They were a message to President Obama and Sec. of State John ...
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30,000 people attend Max Steinberg funeral

30,000 people attend Max Steinberg funeralJERUSALEM — A crowd estimated at 30,000 attended the funeral for Max Steinberg, an American lone soldier killed in Gaza. The service for Steinberg, 24, a southern California native who was killed last week in a Hamas attack on his armored personnel carrier, was held July 23 at the Har Herzl military cemetery. Steinberg’s parents and siblings traveled to Israel for the funeral. His mother, Evie, told Israel’s Channel 2 upon her arrival at Ben Gurion Airport that her son was “a hero.”...
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Bloomberg snubs FAA flight ban

Bloomberg snubs FAA flight banWASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration last week lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets. “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its US government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a statement just before midnight on...
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Arab-Israeli killer in Michigan prison seeking deportation to Israel

Marcy Oster An Arab-Israeli immigrant to the United States who is serving a life sentence for murder has sued the U.S. government in a bid to be deported to Israel. ... [Link]

Israeli civilian injured by Syrian mortar on Golan Heights

Marcy Oster An Israeli man was wounded when a mortar shell fired from Syria struck Israel’s Golan Heights. ... [Link]

Netanyahu: Hamas ‘begged’ for cease-fire

Marcy Oster Hamas did not achieve any of its demands in the wake of Israel’s operation in Gaza and “begged” for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hollywood hate, endogamy blues, Silicon Wadi?

Talia Lavin JTA sums up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Roman Vishniac archive chronicling pre-Shoah Eastern Europe goes online

Marcy Oster An archive of photographs taken by Roman Vishniac is available online. ... [Link]

Israeli toddler riding in car hurt in West Bank rock throwing

Marcy Oster An Israeli toddler traveling in a car in the West Bank was injured by rocks thrown by masked Palestinians. ... [Link]

Netanyahu’s plummeting poll numbers

Ben Sales How did Bibi’s approval ratings drop from 82 percent to 38 percent in just a month? ... [Link]

State Dept. calls for due process for U.S. citizen held in Israel

Marcy Oster The U.S. State Department called for the speedy resolution to the case of a U.S. citizen being held in an Israeli jail. ... [Link]

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