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Greenpeace Petition Calls on Netanyahu to Attend Copenhagen Climate Change Summit

Lebanon’s Prime Minister is going, but Israel’s won’t. Locals sign petition to get its PM to Copenhagen. Sick of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s excuses for not attending the international Cophenhagen summit on climate change, Greenpeace has been circulating a petition in order to urge him to attend.  Apparently, many Israelis agreed with Greenpeace.  Within […]

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Swine Flu Finds Hajj 2009

Muslims succumb to swine flu during annual Hajj pilgrimage. One of the biggest concerns to Saudi Arabian health authorities has unfortunately become a reality at this year’s Hajj pilgrimage, now underway in Islam’s holiest cities of Mecca and Medina. This year’s pilgrimage, which began on Saturday, November 21, has already claimed at least four lives […]

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Sufis Are Islam’s Eco Guardians

“Defenders of the environment,” Shireen Qudosi explores the “green” beliefs of Islam’s Sufis. Sufism is the undiscovered sect within Islam known only through its most famous disciple, the 13th century philosopher poet Rumi whose work reflected strong themes pairing nature and spirituality.  Sufis, “heirs of a mystical ancient tradition”, helped propagate the faith to the height of […]

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Africa Up For Sale, Is The Middle East Buying?

As African nations sell and lease its land, and birthright, to the world’s super-powers, and arguably “dangerous” countries like Saudi Arabia who support Islamic fundamentalism, we are seeing a brand new kind of neo-colonial land-grab, and it scares me. I’d reported on Galten’s Jatropha seeds for biofuel here, and also on the Israeli conglomerate Ormat, […]

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Walk the Walk for Israel’s Environment

We love the Heschel Center for reminding us about their fundraiser: Hike Bishvil Yisrael – March 23-27, 2008. Israel’s outdoor scenery is breathtaking, writes Heschel, “and there is no better way to see it than with the people working to preserve it. “This is an opportunity for a unique, challenging and rewarding Israel experience and […]