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January 18, 2012

Israel's rabbinate has taken the decision to phase out the traditional white-turbaned clergy of the Ethiopian Jews, known as the kessoch—whose "unusual religious practices are at odds with the rabbinate's Orthodox Judaism."

An Associated Press report in the Israeli daily Ha'aretz Jan.

December 29, 2011

Even as the Israeli government turns more East Jerusalem land over to hardline Jewish settlers, ultra-orthodox Jews clashed with police at Beit Shemesh suburb over a crackdown on their attempts to enforce gender segregation.

The Jerusalem city council's district planning committee on Dec. 28 approved plans for a large tourism complex in the flashpoint neighborhood of Silwan, just south of the Old City. The project is to be built on a plot of land currently being used as a parking lot opposite the Dung Gate, main entrance to the Western Wall and the Old City's Jewish Quarter.

November 4, 2011

Is the "Jewish People's Liberation Organization from Zionism and Anti-Semitism" (J-PLO) secular and progressive? Comrades, we want to hear from you.

On the "Jews Who Speak Out" e-mail list, we received a message that made us very happy.