Judaism

Halal Hamburgers in Meyerland, TX

December 16, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On December 16, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "a taste of Islam has come to Meyerland [TX], the cradle of Houston's Jewish community... Inside the Citgo convenience store on Beechnut and the West Loop, a Turkish Muslim named Mustafa Ozen has opened a Burger Express featuring meat certified as halal, permitted by Islamic dietary law... Muslims from other suburbs, like convert Christine Young, a dental hygienist, drive to Meyerland to eat there because halal hamburgers are a rarity in Houston, she said."

"Festival of Festivals" Promotes Peace Between Christians, Jews and Muslims in Haifa

December 14, 2003

Source: Cleveland Jewish News

http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2003/12/22/news/israel/rparty1215.txt

On December 14, 2003 Cleveland Jewish News reported, "Thousands of Jews and Arabs fill the winding stone alleyways of a Haifa neighborhood sampling latkes, roasted chestnuts and pastries dripping in honey at a coexistence festival to mark the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Ramadan...Now in its 10th year, The Festival of...

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'Jewcy" New Yorkers Agree: The New Hipsters are Hebrew

December 14, 2003

Source: The Guardian

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1106699,00.html

On December 14, 2003 The Guardian reported: "It all started with a T-shirt. Young New Yorkers often emblazon shirts with fashion statements such as 'sexy' or 'porn star', but this one was different. It read: 'Jewcy'. Now the Jewcy slogan has become a cultural icon and a brand name on its own. The jewcy.com website promotes Jewish theatre and clubbing...

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Scholar Questions the Line Where Anti-Semitism Begins

December 14, 2003

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=12345

On December 14, 2003 The First Amendment Center reported on the rise of anti-Semitism couched within the rhetoric of the Israeli-Palestinian debate. The article notes that "many proponents of anti-Zionism in Europe and the Middle East have become so extreme, so irrational, so filled with hate that they can only be called anti-Semites in an 'anti-Israel' guise......

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Opinion: Proposed Law Would Restrict Religious Freedom

December 13, 2003

Source: New Straits Times

http://www.mmail.com.my/Current_News/NST/Saturday/Columns/20031213081425/Article/

On December 13, 2003 the New Straits Times ran a column by Rizal Andalas, arguing that the proposed ban of "conspicious" religious symbols in France's public schools constitutes a violation of freedom of religion. Andalas writes, "[T]he proposed ban, while largely understandable when seen through the prism of French...

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Minnesota Students to Enjoy Diverse Holiday Break

December 12, 2003

Source: The Minnesota Daily

http://www.daily.umn.edu/articles/2003/12/12/7872

On December 12, 2003 The Minnesota Daily reported on the diverse ways Minnesota students will spend the holiday season. While Christian students prepare for Christmas, Hindus, Jews, pagans and students of other religions will also take part in activities during the holidays. Hindu students will celebrate Sankranti, a festival that traditionally marks the end of southern Asia’s harvest. 40...

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Chief Rabbi Speaks Against Proposed Ban of Muslim Headscarf

December 12, 2003

Source: Ha'aretz

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=370594

On December 12, 2003 Ha'aretz ran a Reuters article that reported, "France's chief rabbi added a Jewish voice Wednesday to a choir of Christian churches calling on President Jacques Chirac to stand firm against a growing movement to ban the Muslim veil in public schools and offices. Grand Rabbi Joseph Sitruk, in an interview with the daily Le Figaro, said...

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Committee Recommends Ban of "Conspicious" Religious Symbols in Public Schools

December 11, 2003

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031211-032204-3206r

On December 11, 2003 United Press International reported, "Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps and large crosses are to be banned from French public schools, according to a report presented to President Jacques Chirac Thursday. More 'discreet' religious symbols, such as small crosses, Muslim Hands of Fatima and Stars of David should be allowed, a 20-member committee...

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AJC Condemns Vandalism at Auschwitz Cemetery

December 11, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=1006

On December 11, 2003 The American Jewish Committee issued a press release that reported, "The American Jewish Committee today condemned the despicable attack on a Jewish cemetery at Auschwitz, where 16 gravestones were toppled and a wall was smeared with swastikas. 'The assault on Jewish dead is one of the vilest acts of anti-Semitism imaginable,' said AJC...

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Christians and Jews Discover Common Ground at Maryland Islamic Center

December 11, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53432-2003Dec10.html?referrer=emailarticle

On December 11, 2003 The Washington Post reported that Christians, Muslims and Jews recently gathered at Jaferia Islamic Center in Burtonsville to learn about Islamic culture and discover common bonds in the midst of this period of international conflict. "The event, sponsored by the Maryland Muslim Council, was an...

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"War on Terrorism" Changes Jewish, Arab Party Loyalties

December 9, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41204-2003Dec6.html

On December 9, 2003 The Washington Post reported on the effects that the "War on Terrorism" is having on political candidates trying to garner Jewish and Arab votes for the upcoming election.The Post reports, "In the last presidential election, Arabs supported the Republican candidate while Jews overwhelmingly backed the Democrat. That was before the attacks of...

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