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August 14th, 2010
04:11 PM ET

In Jerusalem, a Woodstock redux concert

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CNN Internationa's Michael Schwartz filed this video and report from Jerusalem:

The Woodstock Revival Concert seemed like the perfect place to introduce her five-year-old son to Rock n Roll. So why was one woman feeling so uncomfortable wearing a Grateful Dead t-shirt? Maybe it was because she had never experienced a live Dead performance or maybe because the Woodstock graduates standing next to her were her parent's age.

Abigail Yasgur, a cousin of Max Yasgur, the New York farmer who lent his land to the legendary 1969 concert, was at the Woodstock Revival Concert in Jerusalem earlier this month. Co-author of the book Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story, she said that her cousin "said yes when every other farmer and every other person around his hometown said no."

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Filed under: Israel • Music

August 14th, 2010
03:04 PM ET

Obama on Islamic Center: not commenting on 'wisdom of making a decision'

CNN's Ed Henry talked exclusively to President Barack Obama today about his remarks last night in support of the controversial proposal to build an Islamic center in Lower Manhattan:

Ed Henry: What do you think about the reaction to your speech about the mosque?

President Obama: My intention was to simply let people know what I thought. Which was that in this country we treat everybody equally, in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion. I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there.

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Barack Obama • Islam • Politics

August 14th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

Muslims oppose Israeli construction at Islamic cemetery

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Eve Bower in Atlanta and Kareem Khadder in Jerusalem submitted this report:

Just before midnight on August 9, the bulldozers moved in and destruction of Jerusalem's best-known Islamic cemetery was once again under way.

The controversy surrounding the project - new construction on an area overlapping the cemetery of Ma'man Allah (God's Sanctuary) or Mamilla, as it is known in West Jerusalem - had simmered for years. That night, over 100 more graves in the ancient cemetery were demolished, further eroding what Palestinians see as a losing battle to preserve a sacred cultural landmark.

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Filed under: Interfaith issues • Islam • Israel • Judaism

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