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An Annual Ritual Clashes During Ramadan at Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem

I start my column with the headlines from the past three years about the clashes between the Israeli forces and the Palestinians at the holy mosque of Masjid Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims. 

Israel’s Hard Right Turn Compromises Democracy

To secure his sixth turn as prime minister, Netanyahu has forged a coalition with Israel’s most extreme political and religious interests. His retainers support settlement expansion on the West Bank further aggravating relations with Israeli Palestinians and prompting new violence.

Temple Beth Shalom Begins Series on Israel

Starting today (Dec. 8) Temple Beth Shalom will begin a 3-part series on Israel, and doors are open to the general Spokane community.

Ask A Jew: Is Israel a Secular State?

I imagine that if you surveyed 100 or 1,000 Israelis, you might get a similar response: that Israel is technically secular but often seems nonsecular, and yet a significant portion of its population considers pluralism and separation of religion and state very important.

Israel freezes plan for mixed-sex Jewish prayer site at Western Wall

Israel's government formally suspended plans on Sunday for a mixed-gender prayer space at Jerusalem's Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism's holiest sites.

Israel’s Netanyahu pledges to work with Trump on peace efforts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was committed to working with U.S. President Donald Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians and with the broader Arab world.

“I Am Arab Israeli”

“I am Arab-Israeli.” This is the first statement Majda tells me when I speak with her about her unique experience as an Israeli by passport, but a Palestinian by heart.

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