World: Two Standards of Justice

God said to Jacob: "Arise, go up to Beth-El, and dwell there."

— Genesis 35: 1

God's command to Jacob is being obeyed by his Jewish descendants. High on a hilltop above the valleys of the West Bank, 35 families belonging to Israel's ultranationalist Gush Emunim are building a new settlement named Beth-El. They claim that 120 Jewish families are waiting to move into the settlement, nine miles north of Jerusalem, in territory that Israel has occupied since the 1967 war. There are plans for schools, a religious study center, an industrial area and even a holiday resort.

One mile south of...

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