Jewish Extremism

Op-Ed: The New Jewish Underground

Originally posted in The Jerusalem Report For the past several weeks Israel has been inundated with news of attacks on Palestinians, gays and Christian places of worship, all apparently the work of Jewish religious extremists. The two most widely reported incidents were the stabbings of six people, one –16-year-old Shira Banki fatally – by an ultra-Orthodox Jew at a July 30 gay pride parade in Jerusalem, and the deadly arson attack…
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Dr. Shlomo Fischer
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Dr. Shlomo Fischer teaches sociology in the School of Education at Hebrew University and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.He is also currently a research fellow at the Van Leer Institute. His research interests include the nexus of religion, politics and class in Israel, contemporary religion and the sociology of the Jewish people. He has published extensively on radical religious Zionism and the West Bank settlers as well as on the Shas movement.

Fischer has worked in the field of education for the past 25 years. In the past 10 years he has worked in the field of religion, democracy and tolerance. He has edited (together with Adam Seligman) The Burden of Tolerance: Religious Traditions and the Challenge of Pluralism (Hebrew; HaKibbutz Hameuchad and the Van Leer Institute, 2007) which addresses these issues. From 1996-2007 he was the founder and Executive Director of Yesodot – Center for Torah and Democracy which works to advance education for democracy in the State-Religious school sector in Israel and was also one of the founders and is on the Board of the International Summer School for Religion and Public Life which is based in Boston, Mass. He is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem.

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