Winding up and down the rows of Arizona brush trees, Jason Heeney sees slim pickings for Christmas.
As a child, I proudly brought my spare change to Hebrew school to drop in the little blue boxes. With this money, my teachers told me, the Jewish National Fund would plant trees in Israel. I never imagined that these nickels and dimes would also help to evict Palestinians from their homes.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its partner, the Friends of Israel Firefighters (FIF), are leading efforts to raise funds to supply Israel’s beleaguered and aging firefighting force with the equipment it needs to battle the out-of-control brushfire consuming Israel’s Carmel Mountains near Haifa.
Ehud Olmert pledged to solve an Israeli conversion crisis prompted by a rabbinical dispute
The crux of the debate is what Israel's Arabs make of the very idea of a Jewish state in the ancestral land of the Jews. And our conclusion since the fall of 2000 has been -- as the famously dovish TV journalist Amnon Abramowitz put it at the time -- that while we pro-Oslo Israelis were devising two states for two peoples, our Arab counterparts, on both sides of the Green Line, were contemplating two states for one people: the Palestinians.
It is unthinkable that Israel will be a country where purchasing land will require a paper from the chief rabbinate certifying one's Jewish status. It is unthinkable that Christian and Muslim Israelis, non-Jewish foreign investors and the 700,000 Russian immigrants whose religious status is unclear will be prohibited from leasing public lands. It is unthinkable that a people who has suffered from similar discriminatory laws throughout its history, including in Iran and Saudi Arabia today, will now impose them on others.
Looking for a getaway with a Jewish twist? With Passover approaching and summer down the road, there are many opportunities for such travel.
After 40 years of service, Freedman does not plan to quit any time soon. He believes that somebody must take the responsibility to help, so, he says, why not him.