Judaism

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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Muslim Football Team Names Spark Controversy in CA

December 7, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2003/12/07/280221-ap.html

On December 7, 2003 The Associated Press reported that young athletes participating in the Muslim Football tournament in Irvine, California offended Jewish leaders by naming their teams Intefadeh, Soldiers of Allah and Mujahedeen. AP noted that "Rabbi Bernie King, who lives in Irvine, said the teams' names undermined those who worked to have closer relations with Muslims...

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Interfaith Forum Says Human Failings Responsible for Lack of Peace

December 7, 2003

Source: New Straits Times

http ://w ww.emedia.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/National/20031208074840/Article/

On December 7, 2003 the New Straits Times reported on a forum on "Religion and Violence: The Spiritual Response to Terrorism" held by the Malaysian Interfaith Network (MIN): "Speaking as chairman [of the MIN], [Datuk Anwar Fazal] saw much of the world not being at peace with itself because people were not at peace with themselves and, by that token, with others...Representatives of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism,...

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Non-Jewish High School Students No Longer Required to Study Bible

December 7, 2003

Source: Ha'Aretz

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/369319.html

On December 7, 2003 Ha'Aretz reported, "Arab high school students will no longer be required to study Bible as a required subject for matriculation exams (bagrut), according to new educational guidelines for earning matriculation certificates that are now in preparation. Non-Jewish students - including Druze, Bedouin, Circassians and Muslims, who had previously studied Bible as part of their Hebrew...

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Bush Faces Criticism Over Statement that Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God

December 5, 2003

Source: Newhouse News Service

http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/okeefe120503.html

On December 5, 2003 The Newhouse News Service published an articled collecting responses from leaders of various faith traditions to President Bush's recent comments that Muslims and Christians "worship the same god." The article finds that representatives from several faiths, such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam itself, find Bush's comments to be on target. For example,...

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European Jews Fearful of "New" Anti-Semitism

December 4, 2003

Source: United Jewish Communities--The Federations of North America

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=96343

On December 4, 2003 the United Jewish Communities--The Federations of North America posted an Associated Press article that reported, "[E]ven in [the city of] Regensburg, in a Germany whose Nazi past has driven it to the most profound acts of atonement, Jews who have fit so well into post-World War II surroundings feel a growing unease.......

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London Rabbi Wins Religion Award from U.S. Presbyterians

December 4, 2003

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2003/03524.htm

On December 4, 2003 the Presbyterian News Service (Office of Communication of the Presbyterian Church-USA) released a press release stating that Professor Jonathan Sacks, London's chief rabbi, had been awarded the 2004 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion by the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for his book, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid...

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Community Responds to Vandalism of Boise Synagogue and Church

December 4, 2003

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/story.asp?ID=55331

On December 4, 2003 The Idaho Statesman reported that spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs were discovered Wednesday morning at the Jewish Education Center and neighboring Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Boise. As children attended their Hebrew School classes in the evening, nearly 80 people stood outside in support as volunteers washed away the hateful messages.

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