Scott Morrison’s announcement that Australia would recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has cause a negative reaction not only from the Muslim world, but from Israel itself.
In his efforts to find favour with Israel’s supporters at the Wentworth byelection, Morrison crossed that divide, and has now infuriated many - including the Israeli government.
The government briefed Indonesia before the Prime Minister outlined the new Australian policy in a speech in Sydney on Saturday.
Morrison announced a compromise position that recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but does not move Australia’s embassy there until a peace settlement determines Jerusalem’s final status.
Hanukkah demands fewer religious rituals than most other Jewish observances.
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Despite the primacy of Christmas in American culture, the visibility of Hanukkah in pop culture reminds Jews that they have their own holiday in which they can take pride.
In the United States, Hanukkah has gained much significance.
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Hanukkah is ranked one of Judaism's minor festivals. It's popularity in the US has a lot to do with the country's history.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrive for high tea at the Grand Garden of Bogor Presidential Palace south of Jakarta.
If their trade deal is delayed, this will not only create a huge loss for the Australian and Indonesian economies but also change foreign policy dynamics between the two countries.
Yom Kippur break fast.
An expert explains why the Jewish practice of abstaining from food on Yom Kippur is so out of step with the rest of Jewish tradition.
Guitarist David Hinds at Reggae on the Rocks in Denver, Colorado.
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Reggae is the musical expression of Rastafari, a belief system of migrants to Jamaica. A popular song, 'Rivers of Babylon,' offers a window into their spirituality and longing for their homeland.
Throughout its storied history, the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team has won 13 state titles.
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Beitar Jerusalem has always attracted the outsiders, the oppressed and the victimized – Israel's 'forgotten Jews.'
Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth in the Gaza Strip.
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What does this move represent? It depends on who you ask, according to scholars in this roundup of articles from our archives.
An interactive documentary maps the lives of Palestinians in a Jerusalem neighbourhood.
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A documentary filmmaker discusses her work which looks at the erased history of Palestinians in a Jerusalem neighbourhood in order to point to the possibility of a shared Jewish/Arab future.
A Palestinian boy burns tires during Land Day protests in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 30, 2018.
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Like the colonization of Indigenous lands in North America and the squeezing of Indigenous peoples into "reserves," the colonization and appropriation of Palestinian land is unrelenting.
The remains of what has been identified as Isaiah’s seal.
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The discovery of the signature of Christianity's favourite prophet has caused a stir, but what does it mean?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands during a service at the International Church of Las Vegas in Las Vegas in Oct. 2016.
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Trump embraced evangelicals in his first year as president. Here, scholars provide historical context to how the religious right has shaped American politics over the past decades.
People praying on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Wondering why Jerusalem matters so much? A 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service explains what you need to know.
With Jerusalem off the table as a shared territory, a two-state solution to the Middle East has become impossible.
Even before Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict was far-fetched. Now it's all but impossible. And that might not be a bad thing.
Why Jerusalem matters to evangelicals.
Many American evangelicals believe that the establishment and protection of Israel set up a chain of event for the return of Jesus. What were the origins of this narrative?
The city is key to both Israeli and Palestinian identity.
Stained glass window in Brussels cathedral depicting First Crusade commander Godfrey of Bouillon.
Forget the idea that it was round one in the battle between Christianity and Islam.
What caused the latest crisis at the world's most explosive piece of real estate, and could it happen again?
What is the meaning of the 2,500-year old Hebrew psalm for oppressed groups?
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Frederick Douglass used the words of Psalm 137 in his famous speech, 'What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?' For centuries, this poem has resonated with writers and composers, with its consideration of how humans deal with trauma.