Age-Old, Same-Old: Jewish and Israeli Issues(50:41)
VOI’s Josh Hasten is joined by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Cooper says that elements in Greece are using the classic anti-Semitic image of the “Jewish Banker” to blame the Jews for the country’s economic crisis. In Israel on a Wiesenthal Center tour, Cooper sees the irony in this, since he personally saw Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias in Jerusalem, between meetings to seek advice from Israeli officials on how to bolster the Greek economy.
Then, Josh is joined by HonestReporting’s Yarden Frankl to hear about this week’s media coverage of Israel: The New York Times headlines the story about a Palestinian terrorist killed by Israeli soldiers he attacked in such as way as to indicate he was killed for no reason, and runs an accompanying photo of his weeping family; CNN claims the Old City of Jerusalem — which is a popular and well-maintained historical and religious site — is on the “verge of extinction” and has been for the past 33 years.
Finally, Josh is joined by VOI’s Raoul Wootliff from the Knesset, where he is reporting on the government’s decision to repeal the conversion reform law, which came into effect a mere seven months ago. As a result of the new decision, municipal courts will still be able to establish their own conversion courts, but two additional rabbinical court judges will be granted jurisdiction in the process. The rabbinical courts were turned over to the ultra-Orthodox Shas party during coalition negotiations.