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  • WATCH: English Language Social Order Magazine Edition 4

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 12, 2014 | 5:00 am

    In this edition of Israel Social TV's English langage Social Order Magazine, we examine:

    1. In response to Israeli fears over the Palestinian Authority acceding to 15 international treaties before becoming a state, Israel Social TV wonders who else asked to join international...

  • Leaving Israel, Africans face detention, possibly death

    By Simone Wilson

    March 11, 2014 | 5:31 pm

    “When the conflict started in the Darfur region and we came to Israel, all the people knew why,” said Yeman Adam, a 30-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker who fled to Israel in 2008. “The media was making comparisons between the Holocaust and Darfur genocide, and the Israeli government...

  • Tel Aviv as a “City of Refuge”?

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 6, 2014 | 5:30 am

    On February 20th, a panel comprised of individuals with diverse viewpoints spoke on how to create political solutions to the challenges facing African Asylum Seekers in Israel. On the panel sat Orit Marom, Public Awareness and Advocacy Program Director of ASSAF, Maariv columnist...

  • ‘You’ll be free. Welcome!’: Seeking asylum

    By Simone Wilson

    January 16, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Daniel Angosom was just 18 when he escaped a lifetime of compulsory army service in Eritrea, fleeing to Sudan through his country’s northern border. It was in Sudan, while working as a cattle herder, that Angosom — like thousands of African asylum seekers before him — was kidnapped...

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  • 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...

  • Refugee teens in Israel win races but not awards

    By Simone Wilson

    January 8, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    On a chilly night in December, up a grassy slope overlooking the all-weather track at Ironi Tet High School in southeast Tel Aviv, a few dozen teens — hailing from about 10 different countries — raced one another to the top of the hill.

    Yalla, Rahel!” one girl shouted from the...

  • Israelis helping Syrian refugees: Balancing aid and diplomacy

    By Simone Wilson

    December 11, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    Mafraq is a single-story city in the desert flats of northern Jordan, built in beige and white, spiked with mosques and dotted with chalky vacant lots that suffice as soccer courts. The pores and meridians of Mafraq’s streets are clogged with bits of trash — snack baggies, mini...

  • Israel, Palestinians grim on peace talks before Kerry visit

    November 5, 2013 | 11:52 am

    Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Tuesday the three-month-old peace talks pressed on them by Washington are going nowhere, painting a grim picture for a visit this week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Few details have emerged from negotiating sessions held at...

  • Pakistan’s Malala challenges world leaders to educate Syrian refugees

    September 24, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Pakistani education crusader Malala Yousafzai and other youth activists challenged world leaders on Monday to come up with $175 million to educate 400,000 Syrian children who fled to neighboring Lebanon to escape a civil war in their homeland.

    As leaders gather in New York for...

  • Jewish groups sending aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan

    July 25, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    A coalition of Jewish groups is providing more than $100,000 in aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

    The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, which is made up of 14 organizations and coordinated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, convened Thursday in New York to...

  • No one loves the stranger

    By Gina Nahai

    May 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    I know what happened with those three women in Cleveland, how one man was able to imprison and torture them in the middle of a residential neighborhood for 10 years, even though he had grown children, brothers, cousins who visited the house for hours at a time. It’s not a pretty...

  • Israeli officials order halt to underhanded contraception of Ethiopian women

    January 28, 2013 | 11:32 am

    Following a TV report alleging that Ethiopian Israeli women were being given contraceptive shots against their will, Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered physicians to put a stop to the practice.

    The report, broadcast Dec. 8 on the “Vacuum” investigative news program on Israeli...

  • Abbas asks Israel to let in Palestinians fleeing Syria

    January 25, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas tried to get Israel to let 150,000 Palestinians fleeing war in Syria resettle in the West Bank, but dropped the request after the Jewish state demanded they first give up their right of return, he said.

    Syria is home to around 500,000...

  • Palestinian mob attacks Israeli troops in Jenin

    January 3, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    Residents of the Jenin refugee camp attacked a unit of Israeli soldiers who entered the area to arrest a Palestinian wanted for involvement in terrorism.

    Some 500 Palestinians on Thursday morning surrounded the troops and threw stones and Molotov cocktails, as well burned tires...

  • Gazans in Jordan scramble for news about relatives

    November 19, 2012 | 9:20 am

    [Jerash “Gaza” Refugee Camp, Jordan] With one eye on Skype and the other fixed on the television screen, Salma anxiously searched for news about her father, two brothers and younger sister in the Gaza Strip. “I am suffering so much. I do not know how I will handle not being near my...

  • Morsi removed Israel-friendly references from speech

    October 31, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi removed from his prepared speech to the United Nations two positive references to peace with Israel.

    Morsi's remarks, as prepared for delivery and distributed by the Egyptian mission to the United Nations on Sept. 26, included an endorsement of...

  • Palestian power issues: The night that the lights went out?

    August 14, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) owes more than $170 million to the Israel Electric Company, and Israel is threatening to cut off the flow unless the debt is paid. Palestinian officials say that could cause widespread blackouts throughout the West Bank.

    “A week ago they gave us a...

  • Syrian refugees flood into Jordan, straining country’s resources

    August 9, 2012 | 10:58 am

    As the violence worsens in neighboring Syria, what began as a trickle of refugees into Jordan has turned into a flood.  The United Nations estimates there are now 150,000 refugees in Jordan, and the Jordanian government, struggling with an economic crisis, has been hard-pressed to...

  • House considering Jewish refugees bill

    August 1, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    A bipartisan group of six Congress members is sponsoring a bill that would ensure recognition of the plight of 850,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries since Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.

    Their bill in the U.S. House of Representatives also would recognize other...

  • Wiesel, Jewish leaders rap changes to Canada’s refugee policy

    July 9, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel joined a growing list of Jewish leaders who are calling on Canada to reverse changes to legislation that denies health care to refugee claimants.

    In a letter released last week to the Globe and Mail newspaper, Wiesel said he supports the Toronto Board of...

  • 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...

  • Australia giving $90 million to Palestinian refugees

    May 30, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Australia is donating $90 million over five years to aid the health and education of Palestinian refugees.

    Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced the aid package earlier this week, saying he is “very proud” that since 2007 Australia has helped 470,000 Palestinian children attend...

  • Senate distinguishes between Palestinian refugees and descendants

    May 24, 2012 | 11:36 am

    The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved language that would distinguish between Palestinian refugees alive in 1948 and their descendants.

    The amendment, initiated by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and passed Thursday to the foreign appropriations bill, requires the State...

  • South Sudanese migrants in Israel get reprieve

    March 29, 2012 | 5:52 pm

    South Sudanese migrants will not be forced to leave Israel by the end of the month as planned.

    On Thursday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry recommended that the refugees be permitted to remain in Israel for another six months after the Jerusalem District Court issued an injunction...

  • Jewish groups urge renewal of refugee fast-track

    February 17, 2011 | 10:25 am

    A number of Jewish groups have joined two senators in an appeal to the U.S. House of Representatives to renew a provision that fast-tracks religious refugees.

    “If the Lautenberg Amendment is not renewed by March 2011, hundreds of Iranian religious minorities will be stranded in...

  • U.S. builds Palestinian refugee community center

    May 20, 2010 | 11:14 am

    A new community center built with a $1.4 million donation from the United States was opened in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

    The center inaugurated Wednesday will be used by the nearly 144,000 Palestinian refugees living in the refugee camp, according to the United States...

  • HIAS supporting new refugee legislation

    March 17, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is backing new legislation aimed at protecting refugees and asylum seekers.

    The Refugee Protection Act was introduced Monday by U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) on the 30th anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980.

    Though the...

  • Solving the riddle

    By Gina Nahai

    December 31, 2008 | 3:33 pm

    Overnight, they lost their homes, their jobs, their life savings. At nine in the morning, they were well off; by noon, they were impecunious.

    All the hard work and planning, the expensive education, the sacrifices, all the good fortune, the street smarts and common sense and old...

  • Escape, exile, rebirth: Iranian Jewish diaspora alive and well in Los Angeles

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Thirty years have passed since the massive and violent demonstrations against the Shah of Iran that began in September 1978, and for many, the start of that country's bloody revolution might seem a faded memory. Yet I have carried those shattering events with me all of my life: I was...
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