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Israel condemns Palestinian cleric over sermon

Speaking at a rally celebrating the 47th anniversary of Fatah’s founding, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, read a traditional text attributed to Mohammed: “The hour of judgment will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind the stone and behind the tree. The stone and the tree will cry, ‘Oh Muslim, Oh … Continue reading

Dismantle Israeli democracy and replace it with Jewish law, says settler leader

Benny Katzover, head of the Committee of Samaria Settlers since 2008, recently gave an interview with Beit Mashiach, a messianic Chabad journal with ties to the settler movement. In the interview he says that Israeli democracy has one roll left, that is to dismantle and change the law of land over to a halakhic state. He also states … Continue reading

Analysis: The Sunni-Shia War

The prospects of a Sunni-Shia war are dangerous and real, but the roots behind it are hardly religious. Rather, they are the result of a complex political power-struggle. Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey Click here for the full story

Jewish leaders blast ultra-Orthodox use of Holocaust symbols in demonstration

Israeli political and religious leaders are condemning a weekend protest here in which ultra-Orthodox Jews used symbols identified with the Holocaust to allege they are being unfairly treated by other Israeli Jews over their beliefs. CNN, United States Click here for the full story

Israel army rabbi slams gender segregation

Israel’s chief military rabbi has condemned ultra-Orthodox Jews who discriminate against women and pledged such behaviour will not be tolerated in the armed forces, media reported on Friday. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

Debate: Israel’s deepening religious divide

As extremists are accused of harassing Israeli women, is the influence of ultra-orthodox Jews growing in the country? Guests: Gideon Levy, author and columnist for Haaretz newspaper; Ben Hartman, reporter for the Jerusalem Post; and Gregg Roman, former defence ministry official and deputy director of the Gloria Centre at the interdisciplinary centre Herzliya. Al Jazeera, Qatar

PM’s Beit Shemesh division plan slammed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized by both opposition and coalition members Wednesday morning following a report that he is considering ending the tensions between ultra-Orthodox and religious residents in Beit Shemesh by dividing the city in half. According to the report, Netanyahu said in closed forums that he was in favor of any solution which would prevent … Continue reading

Thousands of Israelis protest gender segregation in Beit Shemesh

Thousands of Israelis amassed near the Orot girl’s school in Beit Shemesh on Tuesday to protest gender segregation in a city that has become a symbol for the struggle against religious extremism. Haaretz, Israel Click here for the full story

Opinion: One-of-a-kind debate on women’s rights in Palestine

The Facebook page “Puzzled young women” is becoming an important arena in the debate on women’s rights in the Palestinian territories, a debate which previously lacked one essential element: dialogue with proponents of a more traditional role for women. The Daily News, Egypt Click here for the full story

Jewish gender segregation campaign turns violent

Clashes erupted on Monday between police and several hundred ultra-Orthodox Jews from a town near Jerusalem who are campaigning for men and women to be segregated. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

Netanyahu calls for action against exclusion of women in Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, on Saturday, and asked him to instruct the police to take decisive action against the exclusion of women from Israel’s public sphere. In recent weeks, a number of controversial incidents have spurred the discussion over women’s equality in the public arena. Haaretz, Israel Click … Continue reading

Haredi solution: ‘Kosher’ bus company

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community is trying to find a way to separate between men and women on public transportation without the High Court of Justice’s intervention. Following the controversy over the “kosher” bus lines, haredi businessmen are planning to operate a private transportation company. Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the full story

Gender-segregated bus row highlights divisions of secular and ultra-Orthodox Israel

A woman refusing to move to the back of a bus has become a symbol of the escalating tensions between Israel’s secular Jews and the ultra-religious. The National, United Arab Emirates Click here for the full story 


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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