How Does Israel Compare to Religiously Extreme Countries?

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What Happened?

JTA reported (and the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, and Haaretz followed suit) that a new Pew report published last week found that Israel has “almost as many religious restrictions as Iran.”

Israel was also ranked #5 in terms of social hostilities related to religious norms, and came in at #6 when it comes to interreligious tension and violence, which -- much of the media noted -- was “a worse score than Syria.”

Specifically, the report cited the fact that “In Israel...

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