One of the world's holiest cities is also one of the most divided. For more on Jerusalem's unique situation, Worldfocus spoke with Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force for Palestine, a non-profit dedicated to a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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East and West Jerusalem are divided along ethnic and religious lines -- in addition to the separation fence that Israel built to secure the city. Martin Savidge hosts Mustafa Barghouti of the Palestinian National Initiative and Gershon Baskin of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information.
In Israel, the rabbinical courts decide when couples can marry and divorce. Worldfocus correspondent Martin Himel speaks with Orthodox Jewish women who are protesting the Jewish law that states husbands must consent to divorce.
The Argentine government contends that Iranian and Hezbollah agents were responsible for a 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. But the claim of Iranian responsibility has often been entangled with the political agendas of the U.S. and Argentina, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner.
Under pressure from the U.S., Israel has begun dismantling small settler outposts built in the West Bank without formal government authorization. Worldfocus partner The Media Line reports on the rising tensions from one tiny settlement outpost, built illegally by a small group of Jews.
The U.S. is demanding that Israel stop building Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Ghassan Shabaneh of Marymount Manhattan College discusses the dispute, what steps the Obama administration can take and Obama's meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling has received criticism from numerous religious groups since its inception, most pointing fingers at the books' themes of magic and wizardry. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about a recent Iranian television program that portrayed the book series as a "Jewish conspiracy."
The 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, a musical competition between countries scheduled to take place in May, has recently incited debate in Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Israel and the Arab world due to edgy lyrics and controversial participants.