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Religious Extremism in Israel
December 29th, 2011
06:08 PM ET

Religious Extremism in Israel

An ultra-Orthodox man has been arrested and charged with sexual harassment in Jerusalem. Moshe Fuchs allegedly called a 19-year-old female Israeli soldier a "prostitute" and a gentile when she refused to move to the back of a segregated bus earlier this week. The incident highlights the simmering debate over gender segregation playing out in Israel right now. We addressed the issue and the face-off between ultra-Orthodox Jews and more moderate religious Jews during Thursday's show.

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CNN's Kevin Flower reports on the situation playing out in Beit Shemesh:

Rabbi Dov Lipman leads a protest against religious extremism in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh:

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June 29th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Olive Grove Battlefield

While politicians argue over the lines of a future Palestinian state, protesters have been trying to move the borders on their own.  Battle lines are being drawn in the dusty West Bank town of Bilin.  An Israeli court recently ordered the military to move a fence separating the town from its olive groves.  But the relocation isn't happening quickly enough for many Palestinians, who filled the streets with demonstrations this past Friday.  Journalism Kareem Khadder was there, and filed a report for BackStory.