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December 30, 2009

Dec. 30: Pluralism Wars, Israel’s Rosa Parks, Oren-Rosenthal Flap

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Pluralism wars reignite, U.S. Jews join fight

Conservative Jewish women wear prayer shawls and carry Torah scrolls at the Western Wall on Dec. 18, 2009. The right of women to pray aloud at the holy site is one of several issues exacerbating tensions between Israeli Orthodox authorities and non-Orthodox Jews in the Diaspora.
Conservative Jewish women wear prayer shawls and carry Torah scrolls at the Western Wall on Dec. 18, 2009. The right of women to pray aloud at the holy site is one of several issues exacerbating tensions between Israeli Orthodox authorities and non-Orthodox Jews in the Diaspora. (Yossi Zamir / Flash 90 / JTA)
A string of controversies has reignited the pluralism wars, prompting a loose alliance of American and Israeli Jews to wage a renewed campaign against Orthodox control in the Jewish state. Read more »

Israeli women fight relegation to back of bus

Some Israeli bus lines allow fervently Orthodox riders to enforce gender-segregated seating that forces women to the back of the bus. A coalition of women and a Reform group are petitioning to ban the segregated bus lines. Read more »

After Oren flap, Rosenthal focuses on anti-Semitism — for now

A flap between Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren and U.S. Anti-Semitism Envoy Hannah Rosenthal was the latest revelation of fissures between the Obama administration and Israel and its establishment U.S. Jewish defenders. Read more »

Remembrance: Percy Sutton, champion of the Soviet Jewry cause

Malcolm Hoenlein recalls Percy Sutton, who died at 89, as an unabashed fighter for the freedom of Soviet Jews. Read more »

Editors’ Picks

Israel’s right to the West Bank (Wall Street Journal)

Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, argues that the West Bank is disputed, not occupied territory, and that the authors of the U.N. resolution ending the 1967 war never intended to force Israel to withdraw fully from the territory.

Organ harvesting and the Holocaust (Scottish Daily Record)

British lawmaker George Galloway, who’s trying to shepherd an aid convoy into Gaza to mark the one-year anniversary of the Gaza war, penned a piece saying that Israel’s recent admission that it harvested organs from dead bodies carries dark echoes of the Holocaust.

Hold the praise for Pius XII (ADL, N.Y. Post)

The Anti-Defamation League responds to a New York Post opinion piece defending Pope Pius XII.

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