Purim is the Israeli Halloween. Children dress up for school and devour hamantaschen, the holiday cookie. But there’s a darker side to the holiday, too.
Why are Israeli Orthodox Jews more attracted to politically extremist views than their non-Orthodox fellow citizens? The question is not a provocation. It’s one that grows out of a new analysis of data from the Pew Research Center’s recent study showing that nearly half of all Israel Jews want Arabs expelled from their midst.
A mosque in the West Bank near Bethlehem was set on fire and nationalist slogans were painted on its walls.
Looking for salvation? A new Israeli service allows you to order it by phone, in the form of a prayer said at the grave of mass murderer Baruch Goldstein.
We think of Purim as a day of levity, complete with costumes and debauchery. But while the holiday seems harmless on the surface, it has a dark and dangerous underside.
France’s Jewish Defense League has published a eulogy of Baruch Goldstein which celebrates a massacre he perpetrated against Palestinian worshipers in Hebron 20 years ago.
The partner of NSA-expose journalist Glen Greenwald was detained around the same time as a Jewish activist in the occupied West Bank. Are the situations comparable?
William Saletan, a columnist at Slate.com, wrote a piece September 29 titled “The Ground Zero Synagogue: Should Jews build a synagogue near a site of Jewish terrorism?” He compares the debate over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York to the building of a new synagogue in Kiryat Arba, just outside Hebron, which he says is near the site where Baruch Goldstein killed 29 Muslim worshippers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in 1994.
Crossposted from Haaretz
Israel’s environmental protection minister, Likudnik Gilad Erdan, went hiking on Friday in Nahal Kaneh, a wadi in the northern West Bank, near Nablus. He was accompanied by several hundred settlers, according to Maariv’s nrg.co.il Web site. The wadi was the scene of fighting several years ago between local Palestinians and the nearby settlement of Karnei Shomron, and has deteriorated since then, Maariv reported. Erdan’s jaunt was meant to kick off a restoration project cosponsored by the Karnei Shomron local council and the Environmental Protection Ministry.