Pope Francis has invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican for prayers and talks early next month The Pontiff prayed at the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock – two of the holiest sites in Judaism and Islam He also visited a Holocaust memorial where he met several survivors of the Nazi regime and kissed their hands By Darren Boyle Published: 03:37 EST, 26 May 2014 | Updated: 12:55 EST, 26 May 2014 1,707 shares 214 View comments Pope Francis today continued his diplomatic initiative to revitalise the stalled Middle East peace process with a hugely symbolic gesture beside Judaism’s holiest site. Standing in front of the Western Wall, the Pontiff hugged his two friends, Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka and leader of the South American country’s Muslim Community, Omar Abboud.

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Pope Francis prays at Western Wall, leaving note for peace for Christians, Muslims and Jews

May 26, 2014 Pope Francis touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City today. Reuters pic, May 26, 2014.Pope Francis today called for Christians, Jews and Muslims to “work together” for justice and peace on a visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam

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Today in news that is not shocking to anyone: the Anti-Defamation League released a statement criticizing Pamela Geller’s terrible anti-Islam Metro ads that compare Islam to Hitler. In a statement, David C

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The Anti-Defamation League Doesn't Like Pamela Geller's Anti-Muslim Ad Featuring Hitler, Naturally

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I am Jewish. You should study the religion before you think about converting.

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Why should I convert to Judaism? – Politics, Philosophy, and Religion

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This week’s roundup of Good Reads includes the Rawabi planned community in the West Bank, on the trail of online scammers, the women of Shakespeare, why the city needs trees, rare footage of 1919 World Series. Hes the nephew of Munib al-Masri, sometimes called the Palestinian Rothschild and perhaps the worlds richest Palestinian

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Good Reads: From West Bank housing, to the Bards women, to baseballs first bets

Israel on Friday called for the United Nations to officially mark the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, a day of atonement in September or October when Jews seek forgiveness by fasting and praying.

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Just weeks before Pope Francis visits the Holy Land, a string of racist attacks on Christian and Muslim sites is forcing Israel to reconsider how it should handle Jewish extremism.

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Israel urged to act on hate crime ahead of Pope visit

The storm of anti-Semitic violence loosed by Nazi Germany under the leadership of Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1945 not only reached a terrifying degree in Germany itself but also inspired anti-Jewish movements elsewhere.

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Suspected Jewish extremists vandalised a Muslim grave near the northern Israeli coastal city of Haifa, police said Friday, in the latest in a string of racist and religious attacks. “Graffiti was found sprawled on and around a grave in the Al-Qassam cemetery in Nesher” north of Haifa, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement

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Jewish extremists vandalise Muslim grave in Israel

By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) – The six children of Ahmed and Rokaya Khatib shuttle between two parental homes during the week, spending time with their mother in Jerusalem or with their father in the West Bank. Theirs is not another story of a family broken up by divorce

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