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Yosef Israel Abramowitz

  • Israel Policy of Imprisoning Refugees Being Challenged

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli activists and lawmakers are challenging in court the current policy of incarcerating Sudanese refugees who illegally enter the country under a law dealing with "enemy nationals" that allows them to be detained indefinitely.

    The majority of the refugees made the trek across...

  • From Darfur to Israel: A Family’s Perilous Exodus

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "We left Sudan, took a boat on the Nile to Aswan and went to Cairo to seek protection at the United Nations office," said Ahmed, sitting in Ketziot, a maximum-security Israeli prison near the Egyptian border.

    Some 150 miles away, sitting in the office of a women's crisis center in...

  • A Troubled Exodus

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With two miles of bare footprints behind them, Ahmed and Fatima and their three children approached the border with Israel in the middle of a cold winter night. Snow was falling in the Sinai.

    Avoid the Egyptian military patrols, they were warned by their Bedouin smugglers, whom they...

  • Anti-Semitism Finds Fertile Soil in Russia

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, Russian president Vladimir Putin sought to consolidate his long, successful and bloodless search for centralized authoritarian rule by proposing to cancel citizens' right to elect their local and regional officials, nominally as a countermeasure to terrorism -- a...

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  • Madonna, Motherhood and Judaism

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Madonna:

    Is it possible that I saw you at Sinai? The Jewish mysticaltradition, which you have been exploring, teaches that the souls ofall Jews for all generations -- including converts to Judaism --stood at Mount Sinai when our covenant with God was affirmed. Couldthe Jewish...