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June 6th, 2010
07:32 PM ET

Helen Thomas under fire for comments on Israeli Jews

Lanny Davis joined Ari Fleischer Sunday in calling for Hearst Corporation to take quick action against legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas for recently saying that Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine,” and that the Jewish people should go home to “Poland, Germany … and America and everywhere else.”

Thomas was also dropped by her agent Nine Speakers, Inc. Sunday, CNN has learned, and Craig Crawford, who coauthored “Listen Up, Mr. President” with Thomas, said in a blog post that he “will no longer be working with Helen on our book projects.”

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Faith Now • Israel • Judaism

June 6th, 2010
07:25 PM ET

Protesters descend on Ground Zero for anti-mosque demonstration

Protestors gathered in lower Manhattan mid-day Sunday to demonstrate against plans to build a mosque near the site of Ground Zero, where the twin towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed by Islamist hijackers on September 11, 2001.

Protest organizer Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger, and her group, "Stop the Islamicization of America," planned the event because, according to the group's website, "Building the Ground Zero mosque is not an issue of religious freedom, but of resisting an effort to insult the victims of 9/11 and to establish a beachhead for political Islam and Islamic supremacism in New York... Ground Zero is a war memorial, a burial ground. Respect it."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Faith Now • Houses of worship • Islam

June 6th, 2010
07:21 AM ET

Israel's rabbis urge investigation of flotilla incident

CNN's Michael Schwartz explains his interviews with two Israeli rabbis about last week's Gaza flotilla incident:

Two rabbis on different ends of the Israeli political spectrum both want to see an investigation into last week’s Gaza flotilla incident that left nine Turkish citizens dead.

Rabbi Arik Asherman of Rabbis for Human Rights is a familiar figure to Palestinians in the West bank as he spends his summer helping them harvest their olives. In calling for an investigation, he invoked a story in the Torah in which a dead body is discovered in a field and no-one knows what happened.

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Filed under: Faith Now • Israel • Judaism • Violence

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