|1. Reform Judaism in Israel: Progress and Prospects [5/7/2006] Ref #11663|
Advocates of religious pluralism in Israel have two areas of concern: the Orthodox Chief Rabbinates control over certain matters of state policy and their felt need for alternative modes of religious expression to Orthodoxy.
|American Jewish Committee|
|http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=840313&ct =1051411 ()|
|2. The Shaping of Masorti Judaism in Israel [5/7/2006] Ref #11664|
Conservative Judaism-committed to Jewish tradition while at the same time open to the values of modernity-holds the middle ground in American Jewish religious life, between Orthodoxy and Reform.
|American Jewish Committee|
|http://www.ajc.org/atf/cf/%7B42D75369-D582-4380-8395-D25925B85EAF%7D/S hapingMasortiJudaismIsrael.pdf ()|
|3. Christians in the Middle East [5/7/2006] Ref #11672|
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the origin and history of Christians in the Middle East? What is the situation of Christians in the Middle East today? How many Christians remain in the Middle East? What has been the situation for Christians in Israel/Palestine? What can we do to help these Christians?
|The Peace Encyclopedia|
|4. THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN INTERIM AGREEMENT [5/6/2006] Ref #11661|
Oslo II - THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN INTERIM AGREEMENT ON THE WEST BANK AND THE GAZA STRIP
|http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Peace+Process/Guide+to+the+Peace+Process/THE +ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN+INTERIM+AGREEMENT+-+Annex+I.htm#article5 ()|
|5. HUMAN RIGHTS OF CHRISTIANS IN PALESTINIAN SOCIETY [12/1/2005] Ref #11659|
The Christian communities in the Middle East represent an autochthonous Christian presence whose origins predate by hundreds of years the birth and spread of Islam.
|Justus Reid Weiner | Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs |
|6. Saudi teacher to be lashed for "mocking Islam" [11/13/2005] Ref #11551|
A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a teacher to 40 months in jail and 750 lashes for "mocking religion" after he discussed the Bible and praised Jews, a Saudi newspaper said on Sunday.
|http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&story ID=2005-11-13T201733Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-223345-1.xml&archived=F alse ()|
|7. Saudi Arabia - International Religious Freedom Report 2005 [11/8/2005] Ref #11674|
The country is a monarchy with a legal system based on Islamic law (Shari'a). Islam is the official religion, and the law requires that all citizens be Muslims. The Government does not provide legal protection for freedom of religion, and such protection does not exist in practice. The public practice of non-Muslim religions is prohibited. The Government recognizes the right of non-Muslims to worship in private; however, it does not always respect this right in practice and does not define this right in law.
|U.S. Department of State|
|8. Kingdom’s Religious Wrongs [4/25/2005] Ref #11675|
Before boarding his flight to Crawford to meet with President Bush Monday, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah presided over the arrest of 40 Pakistani Christians on Friday. Their crime? The Pakistanis were caught praying in a private home in the capital Riyadh in violation of the state’s strictly enforced religious law that bans all non-Muslim worship.
|Nina Shea | Nationalreview Online|
|9. Promoting Religious Freedom in Campaign Against Terror [10/28/2004] Ref #11178|
The task for the United States is to project American values in our foreign policy so that Middle Easterners can make an educated choice about how best to order their own societies so as to be constructive, productive members of the global community.
|Amy W. Hawthorne Soref | Washington Institute for Near East Policy|
|10. Gesher - NGO Reconciliation Group [10/27/2004] Ref #11157|
Gesher is Israel’s oldest and largest educational organization dedicated to bridging the gap between different segments of the population in Israel.