Pro-Israel and Jewish organizations in a German city are fighting back against a local group that used images of bloody oranges to call for a boycott of Israeli products. Jewish leaders in Bremen, in northwestern Germany, as well as the interfaith German-Israel Society, Christian-Jewish Society and Friends of Israel in Bremen, are proposing to work with local mainstream political and religious leaders to take a stand against the Bremen Peace Forum and its political agenda.
A new study reveals that the Bush administration is succeeding beyond the most optimistic projections of supporters -- and the most pessimistic fears of critics -- in funneling government social service dollars to religious groups, despite the refusal of Congress to pass most of its faith-based initiative.
Last week the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy issued an exhaustive report indicated that religious groups "are now involved in government-encouraged activities ranging from building strip malls for economic improvement to promoting child car seats."
The major overall challenge we face today is that of returning to the ideals of a democratic, pluralistic Jewish State that found their expression in the noble words of Israel's Declaration of Independence.