Ari Plachta is a reporter with radio station TLV1 in Israel.
Speakers are asked to avoid controversial subjects like politics, religion and race, and so far Toastmasters Ramallah has followed the custom. But it's getting harder to do that, members say.
Musahar, a holiday ritual practiced around the Islamic world, harkens back to days before alarm clocks and smartphones. This year in Jerusalem, it has become entangled in the city’s often contentious religious and political divides.
She will serve as judge, or Qadi, in Israel’s Sharia courts.