Hebrew prophet’s tomb in Iraq saved from collapse

AL-QOSH, Iraq — “The Iraqi government was against everything Jewish after the Jews left in the ’50s,” said Father Araam, a young Chaldean priest serving in the predominantly Christian town of al-Qosh, in northern Iraq. That, he explained, was why it has been indifferent to the fate of the sole remaining synagogue in Iraq, here in al-Qosh. “That’s why it almost collapsed.” MORE

My proposal of One Country three States is catching on

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My proposal of One Country three States is catching on. The U.N. would be in control of the Golden Heights until Syria adopts a stable type government.
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Since a two-state solution is no longer feasible, Israelis and Palestinians must focus on other creative ideas to solve the conflict.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, Feb. 20, 2018.

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1.8 million Israelis, 842,000 of them children, under poverty line

Funny, I always pictured Israel as a prosperous Nation until I saw this commercial for food bank donations for their people.

Some 1.8 million Israelis, including 842,300 children, were living in poverty in 2016, according to new figures released by the National Insurance Institute this month.

The poorest region in the country continued to be Jerusalem, where some 55 percent of children live under the poverty line (down from 58% in 2015), followed by northern and southern Israel. MORE

God and Hitler had nothing in common

Re: “GOP the party of religious fundamentalists.” (Letters, Jan. 10)

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Ron Lowe’s letter calling the Republican Party religious fundamentalists and accusing them of “sliding into Nazi mentality in the name of God and Country,” shows ignorance of the facts. God and Hitler had nothing in common. The slogan was “One people, one Country, One leader.”

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Berlin exhibit highlights how the Nazis exploited Martin Luther’s legacy

“Überall Luthers Worte …” — “Luther’s Words are everywhere”, the title of the exhibition highlighting how the Nazis exploited Martin Luther’s legacy during the Third Reich. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Martin Luther is such a towering figure in German history that it’s no surprise Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich exploited his name whenever it could.

Most visitors to events in Germany marking this year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, however, probably didn’t expect to find an exhibition setting out just how extensively the Nazis used Luther to justify their anti-Semitism and nationalism. MORE

US opens 1st permanent military base in Israel

Will the U.S. Embassy be next? Or (pope) Francis?

Even though the US has routinely deployed forces to Israel, it is only now opening an official permanent military base in the country. The move, largely seen as symbolic, is meant to send a strong message to Israel’s enemies.

It will be a “base within a base,” located inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base in the middle of the Negev desert, close to a US military radar installation east of Dimona that tracks ballistic missiles. MORE

Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use

FILE PHOTO: A worker harvests cannabis plants at a plantation near the northern town of Nazareth, IsraelThe Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.

“On the one hand we are opening ourselves up to the future. On the other hand, we understand the dangers and will try to balance the two,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet in broadcast remarks. MORE

Iranian Jewish lawmaker blasts Netanyahu

img760220“Netanyahu is an insane vampire drowned in crimes from head to toe, and the recent remarks made by the racist Israeli prime minister is not surprising to me,” Siamak Mareh Sedq, who represents the Jews of Iran in the government, said during an open session of parliament, JTAreported, citing Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency. MORE