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  • No easy way out for African migrants in Israeli desert detention

    February 14, 2014 | 8:35 am

    A compound of one-story buildings deep in the southern Israeli desert is now home to some 400 African migrants who face the prospect of being held in custody indefinitely.

    The detainees in what the authorities call an "open" detention centre are allowed to leave for a few hours...

  • Protesting African migrants sent back to Israeli detention center

    December 17, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Israeli police on Tuesday sent back to custody about 150 African migrants who had abandoned a desert detention center in protest against a new law allowing them to be kept there indefinitely.

    Aided by rights groups, the migrants had travelled to Jerusalem to demonstrate outside...

  • A principal’s speech

    By Dennis Prager

    July 2, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Three years ago, I wrote a version of this column. Because it went viral — often listing me as the high school principal who actually gave this speech! — I am revising it and publishing it here. I believe that if every school principal gave this speech, America would be a better...

  • Agreement reached on African migrants at Israeli border

    September 6, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    Israel said it will allow two female African migrants -- one who is pregnant -- and a teen to enter the country, and turn over more than a dozen other refugees who have been trapped at its border to Egyptian authorities.

    Thursday's decision by the Israel government came hours...

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  • 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...

  • Ethiopian-Israeli Jews, mistaken for African migrant workers, feel racism’s pain

    June 4, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    When violent riots against African migrant workers erupted in south Tel Aviv recently, a mob attacked Hanania Wanda, a Jew of Ethiopian origin, mistaking him for a Sudanese migrant worker.

    “Wanda is my friend,” says Elias Inbram, a social activist in the Ethiopian community and a...

  • South Tel Aviv quiet but tense

    May 25, 2012 | 10:35 am

    South Tel Aviv remained calm but tense Friday after recent violence aimed at African immigrants.

    Law enforcement officials deployed a large force of border police in the Hatikvah neighborhood, regular police and volunteers to better secure the area, which has seen a spike in...

  • Illegal African migrants killed crossing to Israel

    August 16, 2010 | 10:47 am

    Six African migrants attempting to cross into Israel were killed by their smugglers and by Egyptian forces.

    The smugglers opened fire last Friday following an altercation over the fee to help about 100 migrants cross the border into Israel, killing four, according to reports. Two...

  • Hope breeds strength

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 6, 2008 | 2:10 am

    PARIS -- "It was invisible, as always," begins Theodore White's classic "The Making of the President, 1960," describing the mysterious process by which millions of voters combine to make their most important political decision.

    This time, it was visible.

    The crowded lines at the...

  • L.A. Jewish girl joins the African Jewish matzah dance

    By Nili Salem

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    My Pesach preparation, like that of so many Americans, usually involves walking to my local supermarket and loading a cart full of Manischewitz products ... you know, the chocolate-covered jellies, the matzah-pizza sauce and, of course, the kosher cheese that rarely melts. The...
  • No Teddy Bears’ Picnic in Sudan for English teacher

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 29, 2007 | 2:39 pm

    She was teaching them about voting and democracy, and her Sudanese pupils voted to name a Teddy Bear ‘Mohammed,’ and now teacher Gillian Gibbons is facing 15 days in jail for blasphemy.

    These are the same Arab Muslims that kill and torture African Muslim citizens of their country because of race.

    Where’s the Islamic court that will try those crimes?

  • The Graves Of Sudan

    By Ruth W. Messinger

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With Thanksgiving here and Chanukah just around the corner, most of us are reflecting on all there is to be thankful for, embracing our freedom as Jews and Americans. As we share our thanks this year and celebrate the holidays, it is my hope that more American Jews will think of...

  • In Search of ‘Shlomi’

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shlomi, the 16-year-old protagonist of the Israeli film, "Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi," has his hands full.

    He cooks the family meals, cleans up, does the laundry, is the peacemaker in his quarrelsome Moroccan family and bathes his grandfather, who greets him every morning with the...

  • An Afro Judeo Beat

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tired of the same old synagogue music? Want to put a little lift in your liturgy? Then give your cantor the gift of Ugandan Jewish music, Say what?

    Yes, Smithsonian Folkways has just released a singular CD titled, "Abayudaya: The Music of the Jews of Uganda."

    This is a sometimes...

  • Television Jews: How Jewish Is Too Jewish?

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The new television season is upon us. African American and Latino groups are making the expected protests about the lack of people who look like them before and aft of the camera, and the Jews are -- as usual -- adding up their TV IQ on the fingers of one hand.

    If there aren't many...

  • Memories in Melody

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For Ilana Besha, 19, the songs conjure up images of the first mass aliyah from famine-stricken Ethiopia to the Promised Land. "When word came to our village that we were going to Israel, it was like a dream come true," said the teenager, who was in Los Angeles last week with Shlomo...

  • Forging a New Vision

    By Gregory Rodriguez

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While visiting Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, Henry James wondered how the sweeping tide of immigrants would ultimately affect "the idea of" America. Comparing the incorporation of foreigners to sword- and fire-swallowing feats at a circus, James reflected on what it...

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