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June 23rd, 2010
03:14 PM ET

Photo spotlight: Jewish settlers in the West Bank

Jewish settlers gathered on Wednesday, June 23, outside the Abraham Mosque or Tomb of the Patriarchs, a holy site for both Muslims and Jews in the West Bank town of Hebron. The settlers are watching a group of visiting left-wing Israeli lawmakers who support Palestinian calls to dismantle two Jewish settlements in Hebron.

- CNN.com Senior Producer

Filed under: Islam • Israel • Judaism • Politics

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  1. JoBob

    My kingdom for intelligent life...........the Palestinians have been used and abused, but not by Israel. Yes, Israel has made mistakes that have helped to excacerbate the plight of the Palestinian, but the rest of the Arab world is at fault as well, if not more so. I shall be happy to go further into it, but I see that everyone here believes in what they do and nothing will belay that belief, so I bid you all Shalom v Salaam.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  2. Joe

    That dud has nice jew ponytails.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  3. Reality

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.
    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures.

    June 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  4. Chipotle

    Phil, buddy you heard it on CBS. There is the problem, you won't get to hear much truth where you're tapping in.

    June 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
  5. khan

    It is really sad to see grown intelligent men not just (really) believe in mythical tales and dress weird but also kill each other in the name of their gods. One practical solution for this region could be for Palestinians to move and disperse in neighboring arab countries and Israel and rest of the world compensate them and help in their new settlement. They would not accept this but this is the best way to secure a better life for their future generations. There is no hope in squatting in front of tanks or pelting stones. Longer the locks of Jews the longer the beards of Mullahs – fanaticism breeds fanaticism.. there is more hatred per square inch in that "holy" land than perhaps even hell.

    June 25, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  6. Phil Fink

    Tellurain,
    WHOA.... i don't know how old you are, but i was around in 1967 and as i clearly recall hearing CBS radio reports at around 6:30AM EDT that would be 12 or 1:30 PM Israel time. (I don't recall if Israel was on day light savings time.) The report was from Jerusalem (Jewish side)l the opening day of the June war... that Jordanian troops were in Israel and shots were being fired at the Israeli troops... The flights over Egypt did not begin until Tuesday . I AM reliable source I have been a broadcaster for close to 50 years , and do not rely on 'propaganda' to broadcast my material. I have my sources in all areas Arab and Jewish

    As for calling anti-Semitism at the drop of a I don't do that either. If the government of Israel makes a mistake I report that as well... If some of the groups in Israel need dressing down I tell it like it is. any time you would like to discuss in an intelligent manner (which I doubt you would/can) let me know.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • Umme Omar

      You did not go there to check it out. You just listened to the news on CBS right? Veteran journalist Bill Moyers said 'News is what people try to hide from the world, everything else (on radio, newspapers, cable) is just propaganda'

      June 27, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  7. Phil Fink

    To Reality: Reform and Conservative Judaism was not around when Abraham bought the Tomb of The Patriarchs ... so your argument is not an argument. The tomb goes back prior to Mohammad ... Learn your facts before you sound off.
    To: Tellurian: Your 'rant" has no merit... check your facts first and your history... It's a shame that everyone thinks that they can dump on Israel ... because Jews live there.. would you do that if Muslims and Christians lived there and they were the ruling religion? No . show your true colors of hate... hate is a cancer it will consume you... let's call it what it is, Anti- Semitism.
    And Israel did not invade Jordan. Jordan invaded Israel!

    June 24, 2010 at 11:25 am |
    • Tellurian

      I have checked the facts and the history of Israel. The facts show that in 1967 Israel started the war by making surprise Pearl Harbor style strikes against Egyptian and Jordanian airfields and then followed up with blitzkrieg style tank division invasions. You need to read some history from reliable sources instead of from propaganda merchants. I see that you resort to throwing around the term "anti-Semitism" whenever you find anyone criticizing Israel. Do you also consider Jews from around the world and within Israel to be anti-Semites because they criticize the Israeli government?

      http://davidrobertlewis.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/jews-protest-against-israeli-government-attack-on-humanitarian-flotilla/

      June 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • Reality

      Phil Fink, For some reason, the moderators of this blog continually block website addresses even though they give innoucous rebuttals to someone's comments. Very strange!!!

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      June 27, 2010 at 11:25 am |
    • Reality

      More information for Phil Fink,

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called Tree of Life'it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine document.

      June 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  8. Tellurian

    For more than 43 years the Israelis have illegally kept the West Bank under military occupation after the Israelis invaded Jordan. It is time for the US to take its troops out of Afghanistan and send them to the West Bank to drive the Israeli military back to Israel and give the Palestinians freedom from Israeli military occupation. Didn't George Bush declare freedom to be a god given right? It is time to restore the green line borders that existed in 1967 before the Israelis illegally invaded foreign countries to achieve their desire of expanding their nation. It was illegal for Hitler to do that, and it is illegal for the Israelis to do it too. The Israelis have been stalling all peace talks because they believe the longer they stall, the more land they can steal from the native population. When will US politicians have the courage to stand up to the terrorist leaders of Israel who have been sending government assassins to murder people in foreign countries, and conduct piracy in international waters where they illegally board ships, murder people on board the ships, and steal the personal properties of the ship's passengers? Why doesn't the US treat the terrorist nation of Israel the same way the US treats Cuba?

    June 24, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  9. Reality

    All this tension over Abraham and the patriarchs and said individuals never even existed according to 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis. Beyond significant stupidity on the part of Orthodox Jews!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
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