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  • 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...

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  • 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...
  • 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...

  • 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...

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