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  • Boy proves key in getting grandparents into U.S.

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:28 am

    Tears ran down my face as my grandmother told an interviewer in Persian the story of her miraculous escape from Iran 25 years ago.

    I had heard portions of her story many times before, but this time, I was serving as her translator for an on-camera interview, and for the first time,...

  • Terrifying journey marks escape of widow and children

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:03 am

    "When I think of the frightening journey I had to take to illegally flee Iran, chills still run down my spine," said Fahrokh Askari, a 60-something Iranian Jewish grandmother now living in Tarzana.

    Her escape from Iran by foot and van through the deserts and mountains into Pakistan...

  • Emergency aid mission to Georgia: Find every Jew

    August 19, 2008 | 6:41 pm

    TBILISI, Georgia (JTA)—Some ran Friday when the bombs fell on Tskhinvali, some on Saturday when they fell on Gori and some on Sunday when the Russian tanks rolled into Georgia proper.

    The Jews of Georgia scattered, disappeared and resurfaced in refugee camps, relatives’ homes or at...

  • Jews trapped on both sides of Russian-Georgian conflict

    August 13, 2008 | 12:48 am

    MOSCOW (JTA) -- Vissarion Manasherov left his city as the bombs were falling.

    One day later, on Monday, with bombs still falling, he returned to Gori, a city at the edge of war, to convince the few Jewish families still in the area to leave. The Russians were at their doorstep, he...

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  • Israel and its relationship to the Shoah

    By Michael Berenbaum

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What can we learn from the history of the establishment of the State of Israel as to its relationship to the Shoah?

    Israeli historian Yehuda Bauer argued, "The reason why survivors turned to Zionism is not hard to understand. The murder of the European Jews seemed to vindicate the...

  • Bearing witness a world away from L.A.

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Two weeks ago, The Journal published an essay by Janice Kamenir-Reznik, founding president of the nonprofit Jewish World Watch, as she and two other JWW leaders departed for a two-week trip to Chad to visit Darfur refugees. As a coalition of about 60 Los Angeles-area synagogues,...
  • Blogging under African skies

    October 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, Oct. 13, three leaders of Jewish World Watch flew from Los Angeles to Africa for a two-week trip, with their ultimate destination the Sudanese eastern border refugee camps, Iridimi and Touloum in Chad.

    Jewish World Watch's Solar Cooker Project, led by Board President...

  • Israel’s Darfur refugees require worthy action

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I was in Jerusalem in early July when a news story about Sudanese refuges demonstrating in front of the Knesset caught my eye. From the press accounts, it was difficult to fully understand who these refugees were or under what circumstances they had arrived in Israel. Some seemed to...
  • The wrong Zionist response to refugees

    By Larry Derfner

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to escape the impression that the Olmert government is being humane to the refugees from Sudan's Darfur region for appearance's sake only. I say this because the government is being amazingly cruel to the refugees from southern Sudan, who are far more numerous than the...
  • Israel Policy of Imprisoning Refugees Being Challenged

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli activists and lawmakers are challenging in court the current policy of incarcerating Sudanese refugees who illegally enter the country under a law dealing with "enemy nationals" that allows them to be detained indefinitely.

    The majority of the refugees made the trek across...

  • From Darfur to Israel: A Family’s Perilous Exodus

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "We left Sudan, took a boat on the Nile to Aswan and went to Cairo to seek protection at the United Nations office," said Ahmed, sitting in Ketziot, a maximum-security Israeli prison near the Egyptian border.

    Some 150 miles away, sitting in the office of a women's crisis center in...

  • Sudanese Discover Parallels in Visit to Yad Vashem

    By Dina Kraft

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A group of refugees from Darfur on a visit to Yad Vashem lingered next to a model of the crematorium at Auschwitz, taking in the ghastly sight of bodies carried on cots and pushed into ovens.

    They walked through the museum in silence, listening to the words of the guide and trying to...

  • A Troubled Exodus

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With two miles of bare footprints behind them, Ahmed and Fatima and their three children approached the border with Israel in the middle of a cold winter night. Snow was falling in the Sinai.

    Avoid the Egyptian military patrols, they were warned by their Bedouin smugglers, whom they...

  • A meaningful peace plan

    By Judea Pearl

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    While attending a Muslim American conference in Doha, Qatar, in 2005, an Arab leader asked me at the dinner table: "Tell me, why didn't Israelis accept the Saudi peace proposal of 2002? In fact, they did not even respond to it. Did it not offer them everything that they ever wished...
  • Helping the Congo, person by person

    By David Brinn

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gila Garaway says that the vision for her organization, Moriah Africa, came to her as she was lying in a hospital bed in Nigeria in 2001.

    "I was there consulting on a water project, and I broke my back in a truck accident," the American-born Israeli from the community of Poriah near...

  • Can Artwork Mend Fences?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before the Beirut airport closed during Israel's recent war with Hezbollah, a shipment of pillows, shawls and jackets sewn by Palestinian women living in Beirut refugee camps was sent off to Los Angeles' Craft and Folk Art Museum.

    These objects, all exquisitely ornamented, were...

  • Mission To Israel

    By Amy Klein

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    Teenagers sit in a circle on the sparkling white sand of Hof Nitzanim, a beachfront south of Tel Aviv, where the dark blue waves lap at the shore. Behind them, younger kids play on pool and Ping-Pong tables and families sit around a bar, eating and watching a lithe belly dancer...
  • Fleeing Nazis Breaks His Father’s Spirit

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My father, rarely impetuous, married my much younger mother when he was 46, and he was 49 when I was born.

    When I was a toddler and we went occasionally together to the Berlin zoo, people came up and congratulated my father on his cute grandson. So there was this age gap, to begin...

  • Jewish World Watch Eyes National Stage

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Janice Kamenir-Reznik wasn't sure where Darfur was on the map when she heard a Rosh Hashanah sermon at Valley Beth Shalom some 18 months ago.

    During his sermon, Rabbi Harold Schulweis told the congregation that "Never Again" applies not only to the Holocaust but requires Jews to...

  • Tracks of an Ethiopian Exodus

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Until the late 1970s, very few Ethiopian Jews had ever wandered beyond the borders of their country and made it to Israel.

    But in 1979, an insurgency in northern Ethiopia opened an exit route to Sudan, and thousands of Ethiopian Jews -- who called themselves Beta Israel but were...

  • Super Sunday Aims at Aiding Programs

    By Marc Ballon

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 1999, Alexander Khananashvili left behind his prosperous life as a Moscow doctor to immigrate to the United States with his wife and two daughters, hoping for a better future. He came with little money, no job prospects and no knowledge of English.

    With the help of The Jewish...

  • U.S Must Defend U.N. Terror Definition

    By Paul Kujawsky

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Should the United States try to reform the United Nations, or give up on it? Tough choice.

    On the one hand, the United Nations is the only club that every nation can join. It has become the principal source of international law. It embodies humanity's hopes for international...

  • Safe Harbor From Shoah in ‘Shanghai’

    By David Finnigan

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Boys can be squirrely when any adult visits a classroom to lecture. That's why when Ursula Bacon comes in to talk about her Holocaust experience, she tells stories about how she once had a cockroach for a pet, and that she didn't have use of a toilet for eight years.

    Such...

  • Writer Confronts Intifada Lethargy

    By Michal Lemberger

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm just so tired," Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom says. She's not speaking about the effects of her recent flight into Paris, where she has come to deliver some lectures. Nor is it the interviews she has given since landing earlier in the day, although that has zapped her, too....

  • Yom Kippur in Chad: Fasting a Way of Life

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am sitting in Adam's living room -- a carpet on a dirt patio. On one side is a small tent for his five children, as well as two nephews and a niece who have been orphaned. On the other side is a small tent for Adam, his wife and all they could carry out of Darfur.

    Around us, the...

  • World Briefs

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Settlement in Reburying Case

    The largest funeral company in the United States settled a class-action lawsuit brought by Jewish families in Florida. Service Corporation International agreed to pay $100 million to Jewish families in Broward County in a lawsuit that included...

  • First Israeli Arab Wins Asylum in U.S.

    By Tom Tugend

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    An Israeli Arab is eligible for asylum in the United States based on a long history of persecution in Israel, a U.S. appeals court in San Francisco ruled on July 11.

    The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel spells apparent success for an 11-year legal fight by Abrahim Baballah,...

  • Bush, Sharon to HoldKey Mideast Talks

    By Leslie Susser

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a new strategic balance in the Middle East and pressure building to implement a U.S.-backed peace plan, next week's meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Bush could be their most important to date.

    Neither Israelis nor Palestinians came away entirely...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Variety Comes Down on Egyptian Television

    Variety, the daily newspaper covering the entertainment industry, admonished Egyptian television in a Nov. 13 editorial for running its 41-part series called "Horseman Without a Horse," a series which is based on the anti-Semitic tract...

  • The Hunger Question

    By Gil Sedan

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "We will never go hungry," Ahmad Zughayer boasted as a truck from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) unloaded sacks of flour, sugar, oil, rice and milk powder in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

    "We will never go hungry, but not for the reason you think," he...

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