New citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Kennedy Space Center in 2010
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Yaakov Feitelson, a Demographer associated with the Institute for Zionist Strategies, revealed that the Palestinian Authority has been concealing data regarding large-scale negative immigration and includes Palestinians living abroad in its population count to increase EU assistance, Srugim reported.
Speaking on Monday at the annual conference of the Torah and Land Institute, in a forum dealing with demographic changes with halakhic ramifications, Feitelson said that within a decade, by 2026, the number of Jews in Israel is expected to match the number of Jews everywhere else in the world. This would usher us into an halakhic reality whereby most of the Jews are back in the land of Israel, triggering a large body of relevant commandments such as the jubilee, shmitta (which would include loan forgiving), tithes, orla (prohibition on eating a fruit from a tree before its fourth year), kla’ayim (plant cross breeding), and leaving portions of the harvest to the poor — to name but a few.
Feitelson said that Israeli Jewish women’s birthrates are rising, while around the world the Jewish birthrate is down except among the ultra-Orthodox.
As to Arabs living in Israel, Feitelson revealed that the Palestinian Authority statistics bureau, much like its US counterpart, conceal or alter data regarding the high rates of negative immigration of Arabs from Judea and Samaria, which he puts at about 10,000 each year. According to Feitelson, in a meeting he and a few colleagues had attended a few years ago with a senior official at the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the latter told them that the agency is aware of this phenomenon, but opt to accept the official PA figures, which continue to count every Palestinian immigrant for seven years after they leave. They also add the children of Palestinian immigrants as PA citizens.
Incidentally, the Israeli Interior Ministry maintains a very similar policy.
Feitelson believes there’s a gap of several hundred thousands between the PA census figures and the demographic reality there.
A Sa’ar 4.5-class Corvette of the Israeli Navy fires its canons during a naval exercise off the coast of Israel.
Israel’s Defense Ministry on Sunday announced a series of deals for the purchase of combat systems from local defense industries in the amount of $420 million by the end of this year. This is part of a project to acquire warships whose mission would to protect natural gas platforms within Israel’s “economic waters” in the Mediterranean against military threats.
An Israeli soldier training in Krav Maga.
Several dozen members of the Indian military are currently learning how to protect themselves using the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga, India Today reported this weekend.
“I brought Krav Maga to India in year 2002 after intensive training in Israel,” Vikram Kapoor — the head instructor at the International Krav Maga Federation — was quoted as saying. “This is the only self-defense technique that is being evolved every moment and that is why it is the best.”
Culminating a three-year process, delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in Orlando on Thursday adopted a resolution titled “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine,” with approximately 98 percent voting in favor. The resolution calls on members to “avoid purchase of products associated with the occupation or produced in settlements in occupied territories.” It also establishes a process for the church to review its investments “for the purpose of withdrawing investments from companies that are profiting from the occupation.”
Rabbi Steven Wernick says Netanyahu recruited progressive Jews to find a compromise for the holy site; now that the PM has reneged, world Jewry won’t be silent
The fight for pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall is a battle already won by Jewry’s Conservative movement. For some 20 years, Conservative Jews have inhabited a spiritual home at Jerusalem’s contentious holy site, which they won through a series of Supreme Court cases — in a section allocated to the Davidson Archaeological
Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. (Photo credit: hebron.com)
In a secret ballot held at the World Heritage Committee’s 41st annual summit in Krakow Poland, on Friday, UNESCO voted twelve to three in favor declaring the Holy City of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs “Palestinian world heritage sites”.
The resolution described a Muslim history of the city while blatantly ignoring the Biblical narrative describing 3,000 years of Jewish connection to the site. Six countries abstained from the controversial vote which, at the request of Poland, Croatia, and Jamaica, was a secret ballot; a first for such a vote.
During last month’s 2017 Chicago Dyke March, the true face of “inclusion” among “progressives” finally surfaced. According to the Chicago based newspaper Windy City Times, the march proceeded calmly with people “of all races, genders and gender identities” attending, until “the Dyke March Collective ejected three people carrying Jewish Pride flags (a rainbow flag with a Star of David in the center).”
Something is terribly broken in the relationship between American and Israeli Jews. I say this as an American Jew who has lived in Israel for almost half a century. But if anyone thinks this started with Women of the Wall or PM Netanyahu’s recent – and I believe unfortunate – backtracking on the agreement over egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, he is suffering from selective memory, if not total denial.
gentleman from times gone by. He was soft-spoken, courtly, and wore his pants hoisted high and held up by suspenders; clearly, a European who had personally endured horrors in the last century.
Indeed, he had personally survived the Holocaust in Poland. Therefore, I could not immediately understand why he now attends a very left-wing synagogue—but, totally incomprehensible, was his unexpected and rather passionate defense of Poland and of the Poles. He argued on their behalf as if his very life still depended upon it.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s decision to visit Jerusalem but not Ramallah has prompted much comment.
The expectation of equal treatment goes back to the Oslo Accords’ signing in Sep. 1993, when the prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, represented his government in the handshake with Yasir Arafat, the much-despised chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. No one found it strange or inappropriate at the time but things look differently nearly a quarter century later.
Matthew Healy at the Atlantic, one of the few remaining liberal anti-censorship magazines, offers a disingenuous counterpoint to the debate over political correctness.
The attempts to silence dissenting points of view are counter-speech, according to Healy. And counter-speech is an important form of free expression.