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3:45 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Listen: Breaking The Daily Fast During Ramadan in Louisville

Shaikh Kabir Helminski shares a song from the Sufism tradition of a Sema ceremony while Nicole Kowalczyk dances.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Hundreds of people with a wide range of religious faiths gathered in a church gymnasium Wednesday night to break a daylong fast amid the holy month of Ramadan.

At exactly 9 p.m., the fast ended with a call to prayer. Next, they drank water, followed by dates, and then pita bread, salad and meat. For Muslims, it was their first bite of food since sunrise.

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3:47 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Presidents Of Kentucky's Two Largest Universities Oppose Israeli Academic Boycott

University of Kentucky President Eli Capiluto blogged about his opposition to the Israeli academic boycott this week.

The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association.

The ASA National Council recommended its members pass a resolution to boycott Israeli colleges and universities, which they did last month.  The resolution takes an "ethical stance" on Israel’s policies against Palestine.

From the ASA website:

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1:03 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Local Activists React to Israel-Gaza Conflict

The escalating violence in the Middle East and has sparked a series of pro-Palestinian protests in Louisville.

Last week, the Israeli government launched airstrikes that killed top Hamas military leaders in response to rocket launches that killed three civilians, and the conflict has approached full-scale war.

Several local peace groups, such as Students for Justice in Palestine and Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East, have pointed out that over 90 Palestinian civilians have been killed thus far and that densely populated areas are being targeted by the Israeli military.

At least two protests have been held in Louisville, including one Monday at the University of Louisville.

Pro-Palestinian activist Ibrahim Imam has helped organize the local demonstrations. He says residents should be aware that the U.S. gives Israel $3 billion in foreign aid, and are therefore complicit in the country's military actions.

"I want people to realize that the crimes that are being committed are being committed against Palestinians," he says. "The Palestinians are the victims in this, and I want people to look deeply into this and not buy the cliche that are being fed to them. And Israel should not be rewarded for its aggression at the tune of $15 million a day."

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