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Presbyterians assail Zionism

Presbyterians assail Zionism

WASHINGTON — Presbyterians who engage in dialogue with Jewish groups are scrambling to undo what they say is the damage caused by a congregational study guide assailing Zionism distributed by a group affiliated with their denomination.

The guide, “Zionism Unsettled,” posits that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fueled by a “pathology inherent in Zionism” and rejects theologies — Christian and Jewish — that uphold Zionism.

Jewish groups expressed outrage at the guide released last month by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA.).

The president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Rabbi Steve Gutow, called the guide “worthy of a hate group, not a prominent American church.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:04 )

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Local

Abq. deli targeted again

Abq. deli targeted againALBUQUERQUE — A Jewish deli in Albuquerque was targeted by anti-Semitic vandalism for the second time in about two weeks. Mailing labels with anti-Semitic slurs written on them were stuck to the front door of the Nosh Deli on Feb. 8, KOB Eyewitness News 4 in the New Mexico capital reported. On Sunday, Feb. 9, the stickers were pasted on the restaurant and the block on which the deli is located, on parking meters and light poles. Similar labels and messages, including “To the Kikes who sho...
Israel

Rotem apologizes to Reform

Rotem apologizes to ReformJERUSALEM — Israeli lawmaker David Rotem offered a full apology for reportedly saying the Reform movement “is not Jewish.” At the start of a Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee meeting on Sunday, Feb. 9, Rotem again addressed the remarks, which raised the hackles of religious and other Jewish groups in Israel and the US. “I had no intention of hurting anyone or the Reform movement,” Rotem said, reading from a prepared statement, according to Haaretz.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:32 )

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National

Obama enlists Jews to counter attacks on Kerry

Obama enlists Jews to counter attacks on KerryWASHINGTON — The Obama administration is pushing back hard against Israeli critics of its peace efforts, enlisting American Jewish groups to respond to personal attacks on Secretary of State John Kerry. In recent weeks, administration officials have strongly condemned Israeli critics of Kerry’s peace bid. In response to some of the harshest anti-Kerry rhetoric, Jewish groups weighed in with their own denunciations. Obama administration insiders and Jewish communal officials say some of tho...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:27 )

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International

In France, a quenelle arrest

In France, a quenelle arrestPARIS — French police arrested a man suspected of disseminating a photo of a quasi-Nazi salute being performed in front of a school where four Jews were murdered. The man, who was identified as Joe le Corbeau, was arrested Jan. 28 near Marseille in southern France, according to a report by the France3 news network. Police believe he was involved in inciting hatred against Jews because he spread online a photo of a man performing the quenelle — a gesture that many French Jews believe is ant...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:09 )

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Israel, U.S. deny account of tense Obama-Netanyahu call

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Marcy Oster The Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium was extradited by France to Belgium. ... [Link]

4 videos on the Gaza war that have pro-Israel viewers cheering

Uriel Heilman Amid the fighting in Gaza and Israel, video clips of Joan Rivers, Howard Stern, Ron Dermer and Hillel Neuer are cheering the pro-Israel crowd. ... [Link]

U.K. supermarket chain to stop carrying West Bank products

Anthony Weiss The largest supermarket chain in the United Kingdom has announced that it will cease to sell products sourced in the West Bank by September. ... [Link]

Poll: Less than 4 percent of Israeli Jews believe firepower on Gaza excessive

Marcy Oster Less than 4 percent of Israeli Jews believe the Israel Defense Forces has used excessive firepower in Gaza, an Israeli survey found. ... [Link]

In U.S., Gaza conflict reverberates on air and in the streets

Uriel Heilman American supporters and critics of Israel are battling it out over the Gaza conflict — with commentary, slogans, demonstrations and some notable rants by Joan Rivers and Howard Stern. ... [Link]

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