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  • Small steps on NewGround for Muslims and Jews

    December 30, 2013 | 11:45 am

    On Saturday night, I joined 250 or so of my fellow Muslim and Jewish Angelinos at a storytelling event hosted by Mack Sennett Studios and sponsored by NewGround, an organization working to “replace the current atmosphere of mutual suspicion among Jews and Muslims” with a feeling of...

  • 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...

  • Saudi Arabia says Syrian war on rebels is ‘genocide’

    June 25, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday the Syrian government's attempts to suppress a rebellion amounted to "genocide" and called for rebels to get military aid to defend themselves, in a sharp escalation of rhetoric over the conflict.

    Speaking at a news conference with U.S. Secretary of...

  • A Turkish Muslim perspective on Yom HaShoah

    April 8, 2013 | 5:58 am

    When people of reason and conscience look back on the subject of Shoah (otherwise known as the Holocaust) today, it is common to hear questions like: "How could a nation of philosophers, composers of classical music, technology, poets, in this seat of the Enlightenment itself,...

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  • Officials walk out of IAEA talks after Iranian cites Israeli ‘genocide’

    March 6, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    U.S., Canadian and Australian officials walked out of a meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency when the Iranian envoy accused Israel of genocide.

    Joseph Macmanus, the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, stormed out of the meeting in Vienna on Wednesday...

  • Joan Rivers and the consequences of Holocaust jokes on broadcast television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2013 | 11:08 am

    On the February 25th episode of the E! Entertainment's  television show "Fashion Police", comedian Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's Academy Awards dress, saying: “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”  The Anti-Defamation...

  • A day of Holocaust memories

    By Ryan Torok

    February 27, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    When 89-year-old Max Stodel arrived for a Feb. 17 program at the Skirball Cultural Center marking the run-up to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) 20th anniversary in April, he didn’t come alone.

    In addition to his daughter, Betty Lazarus, the survivor of the...

  • It is time for Israel and Turkey to remember their deep common history

    February 25, 2013 | 11:44 am

    I am a Turkish Muslim and every time I have a conversation with an Israeli friend, they keep asking me why the relations between Israel and Turkey have reached such a nadir, why Turkey seemingly has an antagonistic stance against Israel.

    First of all, Turkey's being totally...

  • Violence in Eastern Congo is our problem

    December 5, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    We’re staring down the barrel of another full-scale war in Congo. The M23 rebellion, launched in March 2012, last week stormed and seized Goma, a crucial town in eastern Congo. The M23 rebels already had been responsible for the displacement of more than half a million civilians —...

  • $5,000 to be awarded to social justice educator

    By Ryan Torok

    November 1, 2012 | 11:29 am

    Humanities educators from secondary schools across the globe — from California to North Carolina, Ohio to South Africa — are competing to win $5,000 in a contest sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves, an organization dedicated to bringing lessons about the Holocaust and other...

  • Shoah Institute gala celebrates completion of visual history project, laments continued genocides

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 13, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted its annual Ambassadors for Humanity gala on June 6 with its customary panache, and there was good news and bad news.

    On the upbeat side, institute executive director Stephen D. Smith announced that the organization had just completed the...

  • Israel accuses Syria of genocide, urges intervention

    June 10, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    A senior Israeli minister on Sunday made the Jewish state’s most explicit call yet for military intervention to topple President Bashar al-Assad and accused him of committing genocide to suppress the 15-month-old uprising against his rule.

    Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz urged world...

  • From Obama to Natalie Portman, Washington marks Yom Hashoah

    April 19, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    President Obama marked Holocaust Remembrance Day with calls to combat Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, as well as for vigilance against current and future atrocities.

    “As societies, we must stand against ignorance and anti-Semitism, including those who try to deny the Holocaust,”...

  • Always remember. Never forget.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 18, 2012 | 11:08 am

    When reaching the 11th grade here, in Israel, you get a chance to go with your classmates on an eight-day journey to Poland, partially sponsored by school. This journey follows the years of the Holocaust, and is an opportunity for a different way of learning about the worst time of...

  • Teachers learn lessons on Holocaust, genocide

    By Ryan Torok

    March 21, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    Speaking on the Holocaust and 20th century genocides, Mark Gudgel, executive director of the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights, began his March 12 lecture at American Jewish University (AJU) with a declaration.

    “Rwanda is not genocide,” said Gudgel, who also teaches...

  • Shoah Foundation gathers stories of Rwandan genocide

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 15, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is home to more than 52,000 videotaped testimonies about the Holocaust, and people searching the archive’s index enter a single keyword into their queries more than any other: “Auschwitz.”

    “Auschwitz seems to be the one that people go to...

  • Shoah archive expanding to include testimonies of Rwandan genocide

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is expanding its visual history archive to include video recordings of testimonies about genocides other than the Holocaust, starting with a collection of 50 testimonies by survivors of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda.

    It will be the first...

  • The Real “Machine Gun Preacher”: Unorthodox Atonement

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2011 | 7:17 pm

    Sam Childers, the real-life “Machine Gun Preacher” behind the Marc Forster film now in theaters, chewed his signature toothpick in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, wearing a Harley Davidson shirt, jeans, black steel-toed boots and a handlebar moustache he’s sported since...

  • Jewish groups praise Obama for genocide strategy

    August 4, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    An array of Jewish groups praised President Obama’s initiative to develop a strategy to prevent genocide.

    Obama issued two orders Thursday, one to set up an interagency Atrocities Prevention Board and another banning the entry into the United States of anyone who assisted in...

  • In defense of another voice against genocide

    July 5, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    It was the British establishment at its finest. Six years ago, several hundred Holocaust survivors filed into the Palace of Westminster for the annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. The day also marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau. Her Majesty...

  • Broadening Shoah Remembrance

    June 30, 2011 | 11:36 am

    It was the British establishment at its finest. Six years ago, several hundred Holocaust survivors filed into the Palace of Westminster for the annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. The day also marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau. Her Majesty...

  • Holocaust remembrance in the age of genocide

    April 26, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    We have no way of knowing whether God spoke to the dead of the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany during the winter and early spring of 1945, but I am fairly certain that He did not speak to either the living or those who were dying. What could He possibly have said to...

  • Holocaust legacy drives ‘Enemies’ genocide film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 19, 2011 | 10:53 am

    Filmmaker Rob Lemkin’s most famous relative is the late Raphael Lemkin, a Polish attorney who spent his life crusading against mass murder and who invented the term “genocide” to describe what the Nazis had done to the Jews, including 40 members of his family.

    Rob Lemkin never...

  • Chavez tells Israelis: Disobey ‘genocidal’ government

    September 4, 2009 | 2:55 pm

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told the Israeli people not to support their government, which he described as genocidal on Friday, the second day of his trip to Syria.

    Chavez is on an 11-day trip to Libya, Algeria, Syria, Iran, Belarus, Russia and Spain in what he is describing as a bid to build a multipolar world and decrease U.S. influence in the region.

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Hamas Leader Denies Holocaust, Objects To UN Plan To Teach Gaza Children About Holocaust

    August 31, 2009 | 6:03 pm

    From HuffingtonPost.com:

    A Hamas spiritual leader on Monday called teaching Palestinian children about the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews a “war crime,” rejecting a suggestion that the U.N. might include the Holocaust in Gaza’s school curriculum.

    A senior Israeli official said such...

  • Jewish Group: Long-Awaited Bashir Arrest Is a “Window of Opportunity”

    By Jay Firestone

    March 5, 2009 | 3:32 pm


    This is a statement made by Jewish World Watch president Janice Kamenir-Reznik and JWW executive director Tzivia Schwartz Getzug.

    March 4, 2009

    In an unprecedented move, judges at the International Criminal Court today issued a long-awaited arrest warrant against Sudanese...

  • Unprecedented opening for Darfur action exists

    December 11, 2008 | 1:21 am

    It's getting hard to think of Darfur as urgent these days. It's not that things have slowed down. Quite the contrary. In the last year we've seen devastation on par with the worst of the fighting back in 2005.

    The information just keeps rolling in -- renewed bombings, attacks on...

  • Photographer documents life in Darfur

    By Rachel Heller

    November 26, 2008 | 3:57 pm

    "When I first got to Iridimi and saw there was nothing, I asked myself: Is this really a place where a person can live?"

    So confided one Darfuri refugee to photographer Barbara Grover, who visited the Iridimi refugee camp in Chad last year to document the lives of those displaced by...

  • Anne Frank diary resonates with Cambodians

    October 6, 2008 | 7:53 pm

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (JTA)—As a young girl in the early 1990s, Sayana Ser often spent the night cowering in fear with her family in an underground shelter her father had dug beneath their home on the outskirts of this capital city.

    Outside, marauding bands of Khmer Rouge guerrillas...

  • We can continue to make a difference in Darfur

    September 25, 2008 | 1:03 am

    The beginning of a new year is always filled with hope, potential and opportunity for growth and change. The year we are putting behind us has not been an easy one. Our economy has entered perilous waters, with many people losing their jobs -- and their homes. The war in Iraq is now...
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