{LISTEN} The National Defense Authorization Act and Orthodoxy in Israel

We’re baaaaack.

Hope you had a great (insert appropriate holiday here), but time to get back to work!  Or not!

Now, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the cool thing to do this year was watch a Big Bang Theory marathon on TBS.  The uncool thing to do was actually go out and party OR, according to many progressives and liberals, help amend existing literature that suspends an American’s rights to a speedy trial

“On the last day of 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA)…One of the provisions included in the 2012 NDAA is one that allows for American citizens suspected of terrorism to be indefinitely detained in military custody without charge or trial. As Pfc. Bradley Manning begins the pre-trial hearing process after nearly 18 months of being held in military detention, the president has just signed into law a bill that will allow the military to treat American civilians in a similar fashion if they are suspected of conducting activities related to domestic terrorism.” — Amanda Fox-Roucher, “The NDAA Debate,” nexgenJOURNAL

And then we travel over to the other world and discover that fundamentalism isn’t just the dominion of Muslims.  In fact, mounting tensions between secular and ultra Orthodox Jews are revealing that going too far isn’t just the domain of one faith.

Naama Margolis, an 8-year-old from Bet Shemesh, is the most famous girl in Israel today. In fact, nobody can stop talking about her.

And why is that? Well, on Friday evening, Naama told her story on the most watched news show in the country. Interviewed by Channel 2’s Shai Gal, Naama told how she was afraid to go to school, just a few hundred meters from her house in Bet Shemesh, because Haredim cursed and spit on her for being dressed “immodestly.” — Ami Kaufman, +972, 12/25/2011

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