(Ariel David, Haaretz) On the website of Hiddush, a nonprofit organization that promotes religious freedom and equality in Israel, there is a world map showing countries that restrict freedom of marriage. The countries given as imposing “severe restrictions” include most states between Morocco to the west and Pakistan to the east. And Israel is no exception.
Marriage in the Jewish state is a complex matter, and is almost entirely under the purview of religious authorities.
There is no civil marriage. Jews can only be married in a religious ceremony, by an Orthodox rabbi under the authority of the Chief Rabbinate, the top religious authority for Jews in Israel. This means there is also no interfaith marriage between Jews and non-Jews, since Orthodox Judaism does not allow mixed unions. Israelis who belong to other streams of Judaism, such as Reform or Conservative, must still tie the knot in front of an Orthodox rabbi in a traditional ceremony if they want their marriage to be recognized by the state.
Rayn: Interestingly enough, this article is from yesterday.
It is also worth mentioning that the report also states, “over 7,500 olive trees were damaged or destroyed by settlers between January and mid-October in 2012, according to OCHA [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,United Nations].”
Brooke N.: Sad. There seems to be no way open to secure the Palestinians life and livelihood.
Israeli settlers uprooted over 600 recently planted olive and almond saplings in a village north of Ramallah on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that a group of settlers from Givat Ariel and Maale Levona uprooted newly planted saplings in the village of Sinjil.Daghlas said Israeli police opened an investigation into the incident.
My Commentary: Interestingly enough, this article is from yesterday.
It is also worth mentioning that the report also states, “over 7,500 olive trees were damaged or destroyed by settlers between January and mid-October in 2012, according to OCHA [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations].”
Rayn: Interesting video, Boris… Yet, Obama is still just a puppet of the Zionists! They are the ones who funded his original campaign to become Senator in Illinois. Take a look at who Obama is surrounded by – his inner circle. Even his former chief-of-staff, Rahm Israel Emanuel, is a major-player Zionist, with very close ties to Israel! As part of Clinton’s administration at the time, Emanuel directly choreographed the 1993 Rose Garden signing ceremony after the Oslo Accords, down to the handshake between Rabin and Arafat!