Seeing that progressive Jews (Reform and Conservative) do not receive respect in Israel, perhaps Israel should learn to do without the monetary support from progressive Jews? Progressive Jews make up the vast majority of diaspora Jews, and our checks represent a huge portion of private support for Israel -- and yet Israel repeatedly tries to block our converts, and disrespect our style of worship -- seems like they don't need our money, either! Time and time again I have seen the rude, rough treatment of visitors (Jew and Gentile) at the Kotel -- the "modesty" police and the Orthodox fascists no longer represent The Holy One. There is a way to share culture, custom, and faith, in a gentle and generous fashion, however, so many Israel Orthodox have made "religious" a dirty word. A sad day, indeed!
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue (AP)
from the article: Police arrest woman for wearing prayer shawl at Western Wall