Jewish leaders are frustrated with the Israeli government's backtracking from its commitment to create a government-funded egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.
NCR Today: A 1968 essay warned of an existential threat to Israel, from within Israel itself, namely its new occupation of lands conquered in the 1967 war.
NCR Today: Washington has been abuzz over strong hints that President Obama is aiming to bury the last remnant of the Cold War, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
NCR Today: As Obama's presidency is in its final year, his foreign policy strategy has become apparent; he is a sober realist.
Independent peace initiatives by Israelis, Palestinians, Americans, Jews, Christians and Muslims cooperate across ethnic, religious and national lines in opposing the the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
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NCR Today: Addressing the root cause of the conflict in Israeli-occupied Palestinian land is the only way to break the cycle of violence.
Israel’s 47 Christian schools are entering the second week of an open-ended strike to protest ongoing cuts in government allocations, which they attribute to government discrimination against minority religious groups.
The schools, 40 of them Catholic, teach 33,000 Christian and Muslim Arab students in central and northern Israel.
Although Israeli officials have publicly criticized the June arson attack that seriously damaged the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha, anti-Christian violence is not new, said a representative of the religious order.
Benedictine Fr. Nikodemus Schnabel, spokesman for the Benedictine Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion, told Catholic News Service that fires and vandalism have plagued other churches and church property for years.
"Till when will Israel let its churches and mosques be burnt?" asked the editors of Haaretz, the English-language Israeli daily, on June 21. Their hard-hitting editorial was responding to the torching of one of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, near Tiberias in northern Israel.