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  • Journey to Uganda: Hunger, thirst and happiness

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    It was  a scene that repeated itself every time we arrived at a new village in rural Uganda. First, the villagers, who were expecting us, came running toward us as we unloaded our tired bodies from our large, rickety van after hours of slogging on dirt roads — roads that made you...

  • Counting Our Blessings

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 13, 2014 | 10:41 am

    By Janice Kaminer Reznik

    It seems to me that the greatest opportunity for personal redemption is by playing a role in the redemption of others.  Never do I feel this more strongly than when I am on a Jewish World Watch mission to Darfur or Congo.  This past week we completed our...

  • Africa…why bother?

    Janice Kamenir-Reznik

    May 12, 2014 | 11:36 am

    As the President of Jewish World Watch, I encounter one question, again and again: why do you bother? The question can creep up slowly in conversation. Someone will remark, “Well, is there anything we can really do to help those suffering in Africa? Aren’t you just proposing band...

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    April 7, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,...

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  • Hollywood in Israel, the Jerusalem Marathon, Spiderman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 24, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Alona Tal continues her climb to the top

    Israeli actress Alona Tal, who is one of the most successful Israelis in Hollywood, is joining a new US television production directed by Marc Forster, who was in charge of  World War Z and James Bond film Quantum of Solace. The Amazon...

  • Congresswoman ‘disturbed,’ ‘saddened’ by Ugandan anti-gay bill

    By Ryan Torok

    February 25, 2014 | 4:28 pm

    Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-37th district) has denounced the decision of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to sign into law a bill that criminalizes specific forms of homosexual activity.

    “I am deeply disturbed and saddened that President Museveni decided to sign this...

  • Who’s afraid of the African asylum seekers of South Tel Aviv?

    By Simone Wilson

    January 23, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    As a general rule in Tel Aviv, if your taxi driver is still gabbing about a national news event — more often than not, with a conservative slant — you can bet the topic is also trending citywide.

    And of five taxi drivers this reporter has flagged down over the past week, four...

  • Three hours in Africa’s largest slum

    January 22, 2014 | 6:35 pm

    When fashioning their flying toilets, residents of the Nairobi neighborhood of Kibera prefer to use thick plastic bags. But to save money, area resident Wellington Nabwoba said, they’ll settle for a black garbage bag with a drawstring.

    Kibera neighborhood lacks indoor plumbing...

  • African asylum seekers battle fear in South Tel Aviv

    By Simone Wilson

    January 16, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    Over the past two weeks, Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers have staged the largest uprising in their eight-year history in Israel.

    On Jan. 5, the first day of the protests, police estimate that more than 20,000 African asylum seekers — of the approximately 55,000 who have...

  • Thousands of African migrants protest outside Israeli parliament

    January 8, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    More than 10,000 African migrants demonstrated outside Israel's parliament on Wednesday, extending protests into a fourth consecutive day in a quest for recognition as refugees and freedom to work legally without fear of incarceration.

    Their presence in a Jewish state that took...

  • Asylum seekers’ “undecided” status – will our govt finally reach a solution?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 8, 2014 | 9:30 am

    In the past four days, thousands of African migrants are striking and protesting in the streets of Tel-Aviv. Many of them work illegally as dishwashers or janitors, and them striking directly affects many businesses and thus – draw a lot of attention. So far, protests involving...

  • Bill on Israel’s African migrants has their advocates crying foul

    December 2, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    A long chain-link fence with barbed wire seems to rise up out of the desert at the new Sadot facility in Israel for African migrants.

    Situated along Israel’s barren border with Egypt and across the street from the notorious Ketziot Prison, which houses thousands of Palestinian...

  • Muslims, stop blaming Israel

    September 11, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    Whenever calamities befall Muslim-majority nations, there is always a country to blame: Israel. Is there a revolution against a tyrant? Zionists are responsible. Who else could be at fault if there is a clash between Sunni and Shia groups? The Jews. Did a bomb explode on the other...

  • Voices of the dead in Rwanda

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    August 7, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Rwanda might not be everyone’s idea of a family trip, but it’s one of my favorite places in the world and, after visiting last year to highlight the 1994 genocide and promote anti-genocide legislation during my run for Congress, I wanted my children and some notable Jewish...

  • World Refugee Day in Tel Aviv: Africans send hidden message to aid organizations

    By Simone Wilson

    June 24, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    The 40 or so African asylum seekers — majority Eritrean and Sudanese — who sang, danced and waved their flags at the World Refugee Day event in Tel Aviv last Thursday seemed full of pride and momentary joy. The event, sponsored by various aid organizations, including Amnesty...

  • Amid rising Islamism in Africa, Israel-Senegal ties still flourishing

    May 7, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    Struggling to be heard over a flock of bleating sheep, Israel’s ambassador to Senegal invites a crowd of impoverished Muslims to help themselves to about 100 sacrificial animals that the embassy corralled at a dusty community center here.

    The October distribution, held as French...

  • Celebrating Sukkot, remembering Africa

    October 2, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    There’s a certain bittersweetness to the festival of Sukkot. On the one hand, it’s z’man simchateinu, the season of our rejoicing: In ancient Israel, it marked the end of the harvest season, the time when the storehouses were full of sustenance for the coming agricultural year, the...

  • African migrants remain trapped at border following hearing

    September 6, 2012 | 9:15 am

    A group of African migrants remain trapped at the border with Egypt after Israel's Supreme Court decided to hold another hearing next week on their situation.

    The decision to hold a second hearing was made at a court hearing on Thursday. The hearings are in response to a...

  • African migrants stuck at Egypt-Israel border

    September 4, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    A group of some 20 African migrants is trapped between Israel's border fence with Egypt and Israeli soldiers who have been ordered not to let them in.

    The soldiers reportedly are providing water to the migrants, who as of Tuesday had been there for five days. The migrants, who...

  • Plot to attack London Jewish neighborhoods is revealed

    July 11, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Documents detailing a plot to attack Jewish neighborhoods in London were found on the body of an African leader of al-Qaida.

    The plans, which included plots for a kidnapping and attacks on Eton College and the Ritz and Dorchester hotels in London, were found on the body of Fazul...

  • My Weekend in Africa

    By Ilana Angel

    July 2, 2012 | 12:00 am

    I spent the weekend in Africa.  Africa, California that is.  I am certain that in some African dialect, “Palm Springs” translates into “Africa”.  It was 110° in the shade, which made it difficult to do anything.  I went with the Englishman and we had high hopes for a weekend...

  • Israel’s refugee crisis: How about a Jewish response?

    June 25, 2012 | 1:29 pm

    What shall be done about the large number of non-citizens who dwell in Israel?  This question is no longer merely vexing; it is urgent, inflammatory, sometimes violent, often vulgar.

    The ger has a long and detailed history in Jewish texts and thought.  Its conventional translation...

  • Out of Israel, back to Africa

    June 12, 2012 | 8:46 am

    African migrants chosen for deportation from Israel were nervously awaiting a knock on the door or a tap on the shoulder on Tuesday as immigration officials rounded up hundreds for departure flights due to begin at the weekend.

    “The people are very tense. It’s pretty traumatic,”...

  • More U.S. groups slam anti-African migrant rioting in Tel Aviv

    May 30, 2012 | 10:18 am

    More U.S. Jewish organizations are condemning anti-African migrant riots in Tel Aviv.

    Among those weighing in on last week’s riots during a protest against the large numbers of African migrants living in the city were the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the New Israel Fund, the...

  • U.S. Jewish groups condemn anti-African violence in Tel Aviv

    May 24, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    Jewish groups called on Israel to protect African migrants in Israel after riots in Tel Aviv.

    “We hope and expect that the authorities will take effective measures to protect this population from further violence and that legitimate requests by refugees to remain in Israel based on...

  • Israel will solve African migrant problem, Netanyahu assures

    May 24, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried violence against African migrants following a night of violent protest.

    “There is no place for either the expressions or the actions that we witnessed last night,” Netanyahu said Thursday, a day after a demonstration in south Tel...

  • Tel Aviv protest against African migrants turns violent

    May 23, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    A demonstration in south Tel Aviv against illegal African migrants turned violent.

    More than a thousand protesters gathered Wednesday in the Hatikvah neighborhood carrying signs reading “South Tel Aviv a refugee camp” and “Infiltrators, leave our home.”

    Protesters attacked African...

  • Not in my name

    May 23, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Yesterday, someone shared a picture of an Israeli woman wearing a shirt that read “Death to the Sudanese” on my Facebook wall. The woman was a Tel Aviv resident taking part in a protest on Tuesday night to encourage the Israeli government to deport African asylum seekers from...

  • The odd connection between violence and race

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 23, 2012 | 11:23 am

    In the past couple of weeks, Israeli newspapers’ headlines read “violence.” From murders to stabbings, rapes and even violence toward animals, the summer has brought a storm of violence upon Israel. The papers told the many stories from beginning to end, not leaving a single detail...

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