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

    By Maya Paley

    2 weeks ago

    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,...

  • The First English Language Edition of the Social Order Magazine

    By Jeremy Elster

    January 23, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    Welcome to the first ever English language edition of the "Social Order", Israel Social TV's online Magazine. In this edition we cover the following stories from Israel/Palestine: 

     

    In honor of Tu Bishvat, Rabbis for Human Rights brought 70 volunteers to plant olive tree...

  • The UN launched its “International Year of Solidarity with Palestinians,” in yet another biased act

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 21, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    On Thursday, the United Nations launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On their official announcement, they stated that senior officials “urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and...

  • Mourning Paul and Seffy, lighting up Africa, changing the UN and more -This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 9, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    Goodbye, Seffy

    Only a week after Israeli lost one of its greatest musicians, Arik Einstein, we all said goodbye to one our greatest comedians. Israeli actor and comedian Yosef (Seffy) Rivlin died Tuesday at the age of 66. Rivlin, who battled cancer for many years and even lost...

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  • Jewish organizations mourn loss of Mandela

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Jewish organizations have expressed condolences over the passing of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid activist, saying that the world will miss a leader whose dedication to human rights resonated with Jewish values.

    “Today, the entire world...

  • How to slow down the rush to war: What Obama should do about Syria

    September 4, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    The tragic dilemma we now face is that the murderous Assad regime in Syria should have been overthrown long ago, but the U.S. has no moral standing or credibility to be the agent of that overthrow.  

    The U.S. interest in Syria is not perceived by much of the world as a human...

  • Hate, courtesy of the UN

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 24, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Richard Falk, a UN official, referred to the Boston Marathon in a column he wrote for the Foreign Policy Journal , saying the US "had it coming" because of its policy around the world and specifically in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yes, that's right. A respected person...

  • Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails lauch hunger strike over dead inmate

    April 3, 2013 | 7:21 am

    More than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have launched a hunger strike over the death of a Palestinian inmate from cancer.

    The inmates sent back their food on Wednesday morning to protest the death of Maysara Abuhamdieh, 64, of esophageal cancer. Many also had sent...

  • Human Rights Watch: Palestinian terror groups in Gaza violated rules of war

    December 24, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Palestinian terror groups in Gaza violated the rules of war by targeting civilians during last month's conflict with Israel, Human Rights Watch said.

    In a report issued Monday, the New York-based human rights organization said the Palestinian groups in Gaza violated international...

  • At the behest of Jewish groups, Congress set to rid Russia of Jackson-Vanik restraints

    November 14, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    At the behest of leading U.S. Jewish groups, Congress is set to free Russia from the Jackson-Vanik restrictions, the Soviet-era law aimed at exerting pressure on Russia to loosen its emigration restrictions.

    But that doesn't mean the Putin administration is off the hook for human...

  • Leaving State Department’s anti-Semitism post, Hannah Rosenthal reflects on accomplishments

    October 16, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Anti-Semitism overseas is being noted with increasing frequency by U.S. State Department human rights reports, and Hannah Rosenthal says that’s a good thing.

    Rosenthal, the State Department’s second anti-Semitism monitor, says increased reporting reflects burgeoning awareness of...

  • Jews, Korean-Americans talk human rights in Iran, North Korea

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 5, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Two organizations of young professionals, two isolated nuclear (or near-nuclear) powers with terrible human rights records, one Beverly Hills living room. 

    Those were the ingredients for an Aug. 30 event that brought together experts on North Korea and Iran to address members of...

  • Amnesty International report raps Israel for Gaza blockade

    May 24, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Amnesty International blasted Israel for its blockade of the Gaza Strip in its annual report on the state of the world’s human rights.

    According to Amnesty International Report 2012, which came out Thursday, Israel is “prolonging the humanitarian crisis” in Gaza Strip with its...

  • Israel blasts inclusion on U.N. list of human rights violators

    April 30, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    Israel’s Foreign Ministry criticized as “absurd” the country’s inclusion on a list of countries that restricts the activities of human rights and advocacy groups.

    Monday’s response came after the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights placed Israel on a list that...

  • Netanyahu calls Human Rights Council decision ‘hypocritical’

    March 22, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at a U.N. Human Rights Council decision to investigate Jewish settlements, calling it “hypocritical” and detached from reality.

    On Thursday, the council passed a resolution by a vote of 36 to 1, with 10 abstentions, to investigate...

  • UN rights body launches probe into Israeli settlements

    March 22, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    The United Nations launched an international investigation on Thursday into Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, with the United States isolated in voting against the initiative brought by the Palestinian Authority.

    The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned Israel’s...

  • Israeli citizenship law: Human rights vs. demographics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 18, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    It was an important decision, and not a trivial one, when Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a law last week that prevents most non-Israeli Arabs who marry Israelis from living in Israel. The court was split almost in half: Six justices sided with the majority ruling, and five justices...

  • Bibi expresses pride in Israel’s rights record

    December 8, 2011 | 10:33 am

    Ahead of international Human Rights Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu burnished Israel’s credentials.

    Netanyahu issued a video statement ahead of the annual Dec. 10 commemorations and campaigning set by the U.N. Office of the High Commission for Human Rights.

    “The State of...

  • Human rights leader Jerome Shestack dies

    August 22, 2011 | 11:07 am

    Jerome Shestack, a human rights leader and Jewish activist, has died.

    Shestack, also a prominent lawyer, died at his home Aug. 18th of kidney failure; he was 86.

    He was chairman of the American Jewish Committee’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights from...

  • Peres thanks Greek president for stopping flotilla

    July 11, 2011 | 8:04 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres thanked his Greek counterpart for his country’s help in stopping a flotilla bound for Gaza.

    Peres hosted Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Monday in Jerusalem for a reception and a working meeting.

    “I genuinely thank you for fulfilling the...

  • Syria withdraws human rights council bid

    May 12, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Syria withdrew its bid for a spot on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    Syria’s withdrawal Wednesday from the Asian group of nations comes as Western nations are working to convince the U.N. Security Council to condemn Syrian President Bashar Assad’s violent campaign to stifle...

  • Now that Goldstone has changed his mind, what’s next?

    April 5, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    What happens now with the Goldstone Report may well be up to Goldstone.

    Richard Goldstone’s April 2 Op-Ed in the Washington Post disavowing his earlier assumption that Israel had committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity during the 2009 Gaza war has left pro-Israel...

  • Petition raps rabbis who support Katsav

    March 9, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Hundreds of rabbis and Jewish leaders have signed on to an online petition by Rabbis for Human Rights denouncing rabbinical defenders of former Israeli President Moshe Katsav.

    Late last month, dozens of religious Zionist rabbis sent a letter of support to Katsav, who was convicted...

  • U.N. human rights chief Pillay must be held accountable

    March 8, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    The favorite word of Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, appears to be “accountability.” Yet with her own agency tainted by its longtime disregard of Libyan human rights violations—and by apologists for Libyan strongman Muammar Gadhafi occupying key U.N....

  • Knesset passes civil union bill

    March 16, 2010 | 3:29 pm

    Israel’s Knesset passed a civil union bill, although it is expected to help only a small percentage of Israelis who do not want a religious wedding.

    The bill introduced by the Yisrael Beiteinu party passed its second and third readings during a midnight vote Monday. The lawmakers’...

  • In Reversal, U.S. to Join U.N. Rights Council

    March 31, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    The United States will seek to join the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing its policy of shunning the council and prompting concern among some Jewish groups.

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would participate in May elections for a seat on the 47-member council,...

  • Call for Jews to shun China Olympics stirs opposition

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A large group of rabbis spanning Judaism's religious movements says it has an answer to the vexing question of how to send China an Olympic-sized message without harming the interests of athletes or Israel.

    In an appeal issued April 30 and timed for the commemoration of Yom HaShoah,...

  • Honoring Hatzolah, Anjelica Huston, Sheba

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 4, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    All Hail Hatzolah

    Ambulances, LAPD squad cars and fire trucks filled the parking spaces outside Beth Jacob Congregation the evening of March 16 -- but there was no emergency going on inside.

    Rather, it was an "Evening of Appreciation" for the Los Angeles Fire Department, presented by...

  • Photo exhibit highlights the human cost of our bounty

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the stark black-and-white photo, two small children play in and around water, as children anywhere might do on a hot day. But there's something odd about the image: it isn't the shore or a recreational pool they're playing in, but a concrete irrigation canal.

    "The children's...

  • Congressman Tom Lantos left behind human rights legacy

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The flags dipped at half-staff over the Capitol, the warm remembrances flooded e-mail inboxes, the "Have you heard?" phone calls took a solemn tone.

    U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo) earned all these tributes. He died Monday of esophageal cancer at the age of 80.

    The mourning was...

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