Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Ynet in English

Israelis largest daily, Ynet, has launched an English edition online for those of us with less-than servicable Hebrew. Just browsing through I found two interesting stories.

Guy Bechor says Christians are paying price of shift to religious categorization.
In the past decade, Christians have almost completely vanished from the Israeli Arab community and Arab world’s leadership. ... An especially low natural growth rate coupled with stepped-up emigration have dropped their share to 1.7 percent of Israel’s population (160,000). ... These data have led the Vatican to estimate Christian communities in the region will vanish in several years.
On the disengagement front, a popular rabbi is calling for settlers not to resist when they are required to leave their homes this summer. "On the day of the evacuation, we will get up and leave our homes without using force," Rabbi Shlomo Aviner told Ynetnews.

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