Monthly Archives: May 2014

Good News Friday

A week of ups and downs has just gone past, with, on the one hand the Pope’s visit and his controversial statements, and then on the other hand Yom Yerushalayim following on immediately afterwards. So thank goodness it’s Friday and … Continue reading

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Guardian story on the Jerusalem light rail is an excuse to bash Israel

Harriet Sherwood has produced a seemingly innocuous article about the Jerusalem light rail and the diversity of passengers who ride in it. This could have been the perfect way to show how Israel is not an apartheid society, but as … Continue reading

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Yerushalayim shel Maala, Yerushalayim shel Mata – Jerusalem from above and below

Jerusalem is often spoken of in terms of “Yerushalayim shel Maala” – the Heavenly, or spiritual, Jerusalem, and “Yerushalayim shel Mata” – the earth-bound, physical city of Jerusalem.  Each aspect has its own special characteristics, and Jerusalem can only ever … Continue reading

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Yom Yerushalayim 5774 – Jerusalem Reunification Day 2014

Yom Yerushalayim began tonight, marking the 47th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, as well as the liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights (and the Gaza Strip but that’s another story) in the 1967 Six Day War. The … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of the Pope’s visit to Israel

Today is the second and final day of Pope Francis’ whirlwind visit to the region. His schedule today in Jerusalem is once again fraught with potential pitfalls: Pope Francis faces a diplomatic high-wire act on Monday as he visits sacred … Continue reading

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The Pope’s visit to the Holy Land

Pope Francis is making a whirlwind tour through the Middle East while trying to avoid any political minefields – yet even with the best of intentions he seems to be stepping in quite a few of them. First, a précis … Continue reading

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