Israel-Hamas war

Before we find peace in the Mideast, we have to stop seeing only the ‘other’

By Vishavjit Singh — November 17, 2023
(RNS) — A memory of being vilified for one's faith makes the Israeli-Hamas conflict feel more raw and dangerous.

Longtime Israeli policy foes are leading US protests against Israel’s action in Gaza. Who are they?

By David Crary and Heather Hollingsworth — November 17, 2023
Now groups involved in earlier efforts opposing Israeli policies toward the Palestinians are playing a key role protesting the latest fighting, with actions on campuses and beyond.

Protests suggest split among US Jews on war, but support for Israel is high

By Yonat Shimron — November 16, 2023
(RNS) — Younger Jews are less supportive of US policies toward Israel, but a majority still support Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war.

Why the Israel rally in DC mattered

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 15, 2023
(RNS) — A historic day and its placards tell a very big Jewish story.

In bipartisan March for Israel, crowd rejects cease-fire, demands release of hostages

By Yonat Shimron and Jack Jenkins — November 14, 2023
(RNS) — The march was intended as a response to numerous demonstrations across the country and the world — some led by Jews — calling for an end to Israel’s retaliatory strikes in Gaza.

Jewish protesters and allies stage sit-in at California federal building demanding Gaza cease-fire

By Associated Press — November 14, 2023
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jewish Voice for Peace, one of the protest organizers, posted online that dozens of people had been taken into custody by 9 p.m.

Amid war, Israel expands military bereavement policy to include same-sex partners

By Michele Chabin — November 13, 2023
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Lawmakers voted to expand the Families of Fallen Soldiers Law to include common-law partners of LGBTQ members of the Israel Defense Forces.

The case for Holocaust education in a post-10/7 world

By Michelle Friedman — November 13, 2023
(RNS) — Comparing Hamas’ motivations to the Holocaust only has value if people know what it was. 

More than 180,000 people across France march against soaring antisemitism amid the Israel-Hamas war

By Barbara Surk and Sylvie Corbet — November 13, 2023
PARIS (AP) — France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, but given its own World War II collaboration with the Nazis, antisemitic acts today open old scars.

Jerusalem’s church leaders call for sober Christmas in Holy Land as war rages

By Fiona André — November 10, 2023
(RNS) — Leaders of Jordan’s Council of Churches issued a similar statement on Nov. 5, calling for the cancellation of Christmas celebrations in the kingdom.

Emhoff visits New York’s Cornell University as he seeks to reassure Jewish community after threats

By Zeke Miller — November 10, 2023
WASHINGTON (AP) — He also discussed the Biden administration's work to combat antisemitism and security in schools and on college campuses, the White House said.

Black Christian leaders call for cease-fire in Gaza

By Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2023
(RNS) — Asked about Biden’s calls for 'humanitarian pauses' in the fighting, Barbara Williams-Skinner, CEO and co-founder of Skinner Leadership Institute, said: ‘It’s not adequate.’

Rachel Goldberg’s agonizing mission to get her kidnapped son back from Hamas

By Yonat Shimron — November 9, 2023
(RNS) — Working with a team of public relations volunteers, Rachel Goldberg is determined to keep the world’s attention focused on the demand for the release of the hostages.

Leaders of Berlin’s interfaith House of One manage Israeli-Palestinian tensions

By Tom Heneghan — November 9, 2023
(RNS) — As interfaith feelings are strained by the Mideast conflict, leaders of Berlin’s planned center for Abrahamic religions vow to keep their project on course.

Governors call for more funds to secure places of worship as threats toward Jews and Muslims rise

By Joey Cappelletti — November 9, 2023
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The letter echoes calls from other national Democrats to increase the program's funds to address concerns over potential hate crimes motivated by the Israel-Hamas war.
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