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  • 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...

  • Deport African migrant criminals, Israel’s Yishai says

    May 16, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Most African migrants in Israel are involved in criminal activity and should be imprisoned and deported, Israel’s interior minister said.

    Only a small number of the Africans who have infiltrated into Israel are refugees and should be treated as such, Eli Yishai said Wednesday in a...

  • Fishing in Africa

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 2, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    To meet Ikal Angelei in a Wilshire Boulevard coffee shop, as I did this week, is to traverse oceans and travel through deserts. Angelei is an activist from Kenya specializing in the geopolitics of water, a 32-year-old powerhouse who just won a highly prestigious Goldman Environmental...

  • Discovering Algeria: Exploring Timgad

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 6, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Guest Post by: Kit Herring

    Few people visit Algeria anymore because of internal strife, but I hitchhiked across the country in 1975.  Theses are some recollections of the country’s greatest archeological site, the Roman city of Timgad, as they appear in my novel, Descending the...

  • Bono Does Sukkot

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    Two words you don’t often see in the same sentence: Bono and Sukkot.

    But the rocker/activist’s ONE advocacy group, which fights poverty in the Horn of Africa, released a PDF booklet yesterday that links the desperate situation in Africa with the ancient Jewish holiday.


  • Out of Africa

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 8, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    Rachel Sapire’s story begins in Africa: first in Egypt, where her maternal grandmother was forced to flee because of anti-Semitism and then, farther south, in Zimbabwe, where she forged a new life and gave birth to Sapire’s mother. Sapire’s father was born and raised in South...

  • With new investments, Israel again is looking to Africa

    June 6, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    Soon after Israel itself was born, it began investing significant resources in development assistance in Africa.

    Israel’s official development work there waned over the decades, but in recent years Africa again has become a target for Israeli development work by nonprofit...

  • Yaroslavsky observes Nigeria’s democratic process

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 26, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    Zev Yaroslavsky’s latest nation-building assignment wasn’t easy.  Dispatched to Nigeria as part of an international corps of election observers, he checked on polling places during elections this month in a nation better known for ethnic violence and corruption than orderly...

  • Rabbi attacked by African killer bees in Zimbabwe

    April 4, 2011 | 10:26 am

    A rabbi handing out matzah and wine for Passover to Jews in Zimbabwe was attacked by a swarm of African killer bees.

    Moshe Silberhaft, the spiritual leader and executive director of the African Jewish Congress known as “The Traveling Rabbi,” was making a pre-Passover visit to the...

  • African countries honor apartheid-fighting Jews with stamps

    March 21, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    Three African countries issued a set of commemorative postal sheets remembering famous Jews who fought apartheid in South Africa.

    Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia issued the three black-and-white postal stamp sheets at the beginning of March.

    “This stamp issue acknowledges the...

  • Expanding its presence in Africa, Chabad faces unique challenges

    March 8, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    Congolese President Joseph Kabila probably had other things on his mind last week other than the celebration in his capital city of Kinshasa marking the 20th anniversary of the city’s Chabad center.

    On Feb. 27, about 100 fighters armed with assault rifles and rocket launchers staged...

  • What I learned from Desmund Tutu

    February 25, 2011 | 2:20 pm

    I was nervous about going to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu this past Sunday at All-Saints Church.  I was nervous because, despite his remarkable life story, which of course includes fighting and winning the battle against apartheid in his homeland, South Africa, he has made comments...

  • Report: African migrants abused, ransomed in Sinai

    February 16, 2011 | 2:04 pm

    African migrants trying to cross from Egypt into Israel have been abused and held for ransom by Bedouin smugglers in the Sinai Desert, according to a new report.

    The report issued Tuesday by the Israeli advocacy group Hotline for Migrant Workers presented information gleaned from...

  • When Africa Comes to Israel

    January 5, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    There is a new threat to Israel, although the people raising it are entirely innocent. The threat is represented by a growing population of African refugees, mainly escapees from the hellish dictatorships of Eritrea and Sudan, who are pouring over the Egyptian border into Israel and...

  • Israel deports 150 African migrants

    December 14, 2010 | 11:03 am

    Israel sent 150 Sudanese migrants back to their home country.

    The deportees, who left late Monday night, will fly through a third country on their way back. Sudan would not take them back directly since the African nation is technically at war with Israel.

    Israeli officials...

  • African AIDS experts visit, learn from Israel

    October 11, 2010 | 4:43 pm

    A delegation of prominent HIV/AIDS doctors from across East Africa is visiting Israel to expand medical partnerships and benefit from Israel’s expertise.

    The 10 African medical experts from Botswana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya arrived Sunday in Israel for a weeklong visit...

  • Hitler likely had Jewish, African roots

    August 24, 2010 | 10:05 am

    Adolf Hitler may have had both Jewish and African roots, DNA testing shows.

    Samples taken from some of the German Fuhrer’s relatives show that he was likely descended from some of the ‘sub-human’ races that he tried to destroy, according to research by Belgian journalist Jean-Paul...

  • Zuma to South African Jews: Come home

    September 1, 2009 | 1:49 pm

    South African President Jacob Zuma used a speech before his country’s main Jewish group to issue a call for expatriates to return home.

    Many Jews have left South Africa in the years since the initial optimism following the end of apartheid in 1994 dimmed, replaced by concern about...

  • Volunteers seek Jewish way to serve in Africa [SLIDESHOW]

    August 25, 2009 | 5:00 am

    Here in this humid and leafy village in eastern Uganda 20 minutes from the Kenyan border, 16 American college students sit in a circle. They are protected by the shade of a straw thatch structure adjacent to the complex where they have been living for the past month.

    It is the...

  • Ethiopia to keep the Ark secret

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 1, 2009 | 8:18 pm

    Last week I reported on some building anticipation that the Ethiopian Orthodox church was going to reveal the Ark of the Covenant, which it church claims they have kept in hiding since the ark holding God’s law disappeared from Jerusalem around 700 BC.

    Today we learn that the Ark...

  • South African politician says she meant ‘Zionists, not ‘Jews,’ control U.S.

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 6, 2009 | 2:04 pm

    Not everyone who is an anti-Zionist is an anti-Semite. But clearly the rhetoric of today’s anti-Semites is to say that Judaism is a beautiful religion but Zionism the spawn of Satan. In fact, some of their best friends are Jewish ...

    And that’s the point of clarification that Fatima...

  • South African politician: Jewish money ‘controls America’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 2, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    In South Africa last month, the deputy foreign minister echoed a statement that we’ve heard voiced a bit more frequently lately: that Jewish money dominates U.S. foreign policy. (This may seem like old news, but, as you’ve probably realized, I’ve been a bit distracted.) Here’s what...

  • African AIDS fight uses Israeli circumcision skills

    By Dina Kraft

    November 26, 2008 | 6:07 pm

    In a clinic in Swaziland, Israeli doctors have been training their counterparts in male circumcision, hoping expertise in the ancient technique will help in the battle against the modern scourge of AIDS.

    The United Nations announced last year that the procedure could reduce the rate...

  • Hirsi Ali, critic of Islam, honored for courage

    By Tom Tugend

    October 29, 2008 | 10:57 pm

    A tall African-born woman, raised a devout Muslim but now one of Islam's sharpest critics, last week calmly dismantled some of the favorite shibboleths of American liberalism.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali was in town to accept an inaugural award for her remarkable personal and civic courage from...

  • Wait a minute: Nigerian Muslim told he can keep 86 wives, at least for now

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 9, 2008 | 8:44 pm

    The saga of 84-year-old Mohammed Bello Abubakar, the Nigerian Muslim ordered to divorce all but four of his 86 wives, continues. Abubakar had until Sept. 7 to choose which wives he would keep or else be banished from his village. But Abubakar had challenged that edict, and a court...

  • Nigerian Muslim downsizing wives corps from 86 to 4

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 2, 2008 | 1:07 pm

    Just a month ago, Mohammed Bello Abubakar was resolute in his righteousness as the husband to 86 women and refused to divorce all but four, as Islamic leaders in his native Nigeria had ordered.

    “A man with 10 wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah. That...

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