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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Muppets cross the street to join Israelis, Palestinians

    JERUSALEM, April 7 (JTA) — When colorful Israeli and Palestinian muppets met on screen last week for the first time in a new joint production of “Sesame Street,” their reactions mirrored the mutual apprehension that exists in everyday life here. Haneen, an orange, female Palestinian muppet-monster was frightened by Kipi, a tall, Israeli porcupine, who…

  • Knesset backs Ne’eman plan, but action is largely symbolic

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 23 (JTA) — Conservative and Reform leaders in Israel are welcoming what they called the “good intentions” of a Knesset resolution backing the proposals of a committee that had tried to resolve the conversion crisis. But they said it was up to Israel’s Orthodox Chief Rabbinate to make the compromise proposal work. And…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Conversion crisis erupts anew as parties return to old stances

    JERUSALEM, June 9 (JTA) — Attempts to forge a compromise over the ongoing conversion controversy in Israel appear to be on the verge of failure. On Tuesday, American Reform Jewish leaders, on a mission to Israel, warned the government of a severe response from U.S. Jewry if they pushed through a bill that would codify…

  • Cover of Benetton catalog features Jewish-Arab kiss

    JERUSALEM, March 10 (JTA) — A young Israeli Jewish woman and a Bedouin man locked in a passionate kiss. That’s the cover of the latest catalog from the Italian clothing manufacturer Benetton, which takes on the stereotypes of the Middle East. The catalog, called “Enemies,” features Israelis and Palestinians happily playing and working together. The…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Palestinians mark ‘catastrophe’ as violence erupts in territories

    RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 14 (JTA) — A huge Palestinian flag draped on the side of a six-story building in a central square testifies to the sense of pride felt in this self-rule town. Residents are crowded on every balcony, window and rooftop as thousands of Palestinians carrying banners and waving flags march peacefully toward…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Proposed Israeli plan seeks to redefine religion and state

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 23 (JTA) — If two prominent Knesset members have their way, observant and secular Israeli Jews will soon embark on intense “final- status” talks to resolve their many bitter disputes. To that end, Alex Lubotzky, a moderate Orthodox member of the centrist Third Way Party who has been a driving force in efforts…

  • AOL pays a record price for Israeli software company

    JERUSALEM, June 9 (JTA) — The world’s leading online service has turned three young Israeli software programmers and a venture capitalist into multimillionaires. In the biggest-ever foreign acquisition of an Israeli software company, America Online announced this week that it would purchase Mirabilis, a small Israeli company that develops technology for the Internet, for $287…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Religious, secular Israelis taking stock in culture war

    JERUSALEM, May 25 (JTA) — Dana International’s triumphant visit to the Knesset was something of a surprise in the world of Israeli politics. To many secular Israelis, the appearance earlier this month of Israel’s raven-haired transsexual singing star before the legislature’s Education and Culture Committee was a victory in what Israeli newspapers recently dubbed an…

  • ISRAEL AT 50 Israelis look beyond flags to find meaning in jubilee

    JERUSALEM, April 20 (JTA) — Blue-and-white flags are sprouting from the antennae of Israeli cars, just as they do every Independence Day. But after a year of haggling over 50th anniversary celebrations, and amid mounting tensions within society, Israelis are preparing for next week”s jubilee celebrations with mixed feelings. As Yom Ha”atzmaut approaches — the…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Showdown or compromise? Time will tell for Ne’eman effort

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 19 (JTA) — Showdown or compromise? Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews in Israel are preparing for both as a committee working to find a solution to the conversion bill crisis closes in on its deadline. Tensions mounted as the committee, headed by Finance Minister Ya”acov Ne”eman, was expected to finish its work by Jan….