Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, unsettling many American Jews who thought hatred of Jews and Judaism was on the decline at home.
Making a Difference: As Christians focus on the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, we naturally think of the Holy Land.
The election win last week of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party has disappointed many observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict who hoped a win by the center-left Zionist Union might restart moribund peace talks and mend the increasingly fraying relationship between Israel and the United States.
NCR Today: Suddenly, the possibility of the U.S. supporting international resolutions sanctioning Israel or in favor of the Palestinians is no longer fictional.
Proposals for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict focus on the "big-ticket" issues: Palestinian sovereignty, sharing Jerusalem, and the "right of return" for displaced Palestinians. Analysts and pundits pay less attention to the everyday troubles suffered by both sides. For Palestinians, this means the Israeli settlements and checkpoints that have divided families and paralyzed Palestinian economic growth. For Israelis, it is the specter of violence and the fear under which many of its citizens live.
"The existence of the State of Israel and its political options should be envisaged not in a perspective which is in itself religious, but in their reference to the common principles of international law." -- Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, "Notes on the correct way to present Jews and Judaism in preaching and catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church," 1985
Last week, NCR gave Michael Sean Winters two lengthy blog posts to respond to the weekly posts we write. It is not our normal practice to respond to the many comments that typically follow what we write.
The bishops urged political leaders to find “creative” ways to build peace in the Middle East and “to build bridges, not walls.”
NCR Today: Once the Palestinian population exceeds the Israeli Jewish one, you will have a situation akin to what existed in apartheid-era South Africa.
A flurry of international actions favoring Palestinian statehood came within the last few weeks of 2014.