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  • Court frees scores of Eritrean, Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel

    November 10, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Israel will release 138 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers who the nation’s Supreme Court ruled were being held illegally.

    Thursday’s ruling was in response to a petition filed by the nonprofit organization The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants.

    Following the decision, the...

  • WATCH: Refugee Passover Seder in Holot

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 13, 2014 | 5:01 am

    Last month, Jews around the world celebrated the holiday of Passover. At our Seder tables, we retell the story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt and liberation from slavery and oppression. Since 2007, Israelis and Internationals have organized annual "Refugee Seders" to recognize...

  • Refugee Social Order Edition 2014

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 5, 2014 | 5:43 am

    Every year Jews gather around Seder tables to tell a defining origin story of our people - our deliverance from bondage and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians. Contained in this story is the source of Jewish ethics, reflections on history and dreams for the future. But the...

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

    By Maya Paley

    April 7, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    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,...

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  • Who’s afraid of the African asylum seekers of South Tel Aviv?

    By Simone Wilson

    January 23, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    As a general rule in Tel Aviv, if your taxi driver is still gabbing about a national news event — more often than not, with a conservative slant — you can bet the topic is also trending citywide.

    And of five taxi drivers this reporter has flagged down over the past week, four...

  • The forgotten refugees of Ghouta, Syria

    By Simone Wilson

    December 12, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    The most infamous attack over two-and-a-half years of civil war in Syria – a silent sarin gassing in the city of Ghouta that killed more than 1,500 and sent allied countries to the brink of world war – came in the middle of the night.

    When I woke up, I found that everyone in my...

  • NGO: Eritrean asylum seekers pressured to leave Israel

    February 15, 2013 | 5:17 am

    Israel attempted to deport 25 Eritrean asylum seekers in violation of international conventions, according to an Israeli NGO supporting the rights of migrants.

    A group of some 25 Eritrean refugees were pressured by Israeli immigration officials to sign a declaration saying they...

  • Canada puts Israel on list of democracies ‘unlikely’ to generate refugees

    February 15, 2013 | 4:42 am

    Canada placed Israel on a list of "safe" countries whose citizens are unlikely to seek asylum as refugees.

    Israel and seven other countries joined a list of 27 "Designated Countries of Origin" already on the list.

    The 35 nations now on the list include the United States and...

  • French Nazi hunter: Swiss Shoah record better than believed

    February 14, 2013 | 4:51 am

    Swiss authorities turned away only 3,000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust and not 24,500 as believed, French Nazi hunter and historian Serge Klarsfeld said.

    Klarsfeld told Switzerland’s Der Sonntag newspaper that the figure of 24,500 came from imprecise archive material...

  • By the numbers: Rising Syrian death toll, refugee wave

    January 30, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Here is a look at the rising human cost of Syria's civil war as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday that international donors had pledged more than $1.5 billion to aid displaced Syrians, meeting a U.N. target.

    DEATH TOLL IN SYRIA

    - The United Nations said earlier this...

  • Syrian rebels battle army near Damascus

    December 11, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Syrian rebels clashed with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad near Damascus airport on Tuesday, battling for the capital's outskirts after 20 months of conflict which the United Nations said has driven half a million people from the country.

    Fighting near the airport, 12...

  • Syria pushes world refugee total towards record, U.N. says

    October 1, 2012 | 9:15 am

    With tens of thousands fleeing Syria every month, the number of refugees worldwide in 2012 is set to be the highest this century, a senior United Nations official said on Monday.

    Antonio Guterres, the body's High Commissioner for Refugees, told his UNHCR agency's executive...

  • Jewish Refugees Re-emerges as Issue for Israel-Palestinian Peace

    September 10, 2012 | 10:54 am

    A conference in Jerusalem has launched an element new to the mix of public prattle but nevertheless replete with historical bona fides: the rights of 850,000 Jewish refugees forced from Arab countries between 1948 and 1951 and certified as refugees by the United Nations.
    ...

  • Compensate Jewish refugees from Arab countries, conference urges

    September 10, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Speakers at a conference on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish refugees called for legislative initiatives to support compensation for the refugees.

    The conference, which began Sunday night and ends Monday, took place in Jerusalem under the title “Justice for Jewish Refugees...

  • Israel steps up recognition of Jewish refugees

    September 5, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Naim Reuven was only 8 when he left Baghdad more than 50 years ago, but he still remembers going with his father to catch fish in the Tigris River.

    His dad worked in a laundromat, a middle-class father of six and one of Iraq’s more than 100,000 Jews. Baghdad’s Jewish community...

  • Israel may help Syrian refugees, says MK Yatom

    July 19, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Israel cannot intervene in the Syrian uprising, but would likely accept refugees from that country, according to Knesset member Danny Yatom.

    “I have to express my empathy to the Syrian people. They suffer a lot. They are slaughtered by their own leadership,” the Labor Party...

  • Israel urges tougher action against Assad

    May 30, 2012 | 8:26 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Wednesday for tougher world action against Bashar al-Assad, saying he doubted the Syrian president “lost an hour’s sleep” over the expulsion of his envoys from several capitals after the Houla massacre.

    “These events in Syria compel the...

  • The odd connection between violence and race

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 23, 2012 | 11:23 am

    In the past couple of weeks, Israeli newspapers’ headlines read “violence.” From murders to stabbings, rapes and even violence toward animals, the summer has brought a storm of violence upon Israel. The papers told the many stories from beginning to end, not leaving a single detail...

  • 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...

  • Israel prepares for fall of Assad, Syria refugees

    January 10, 2012 | 8:47 am

    Israel is making preparations for the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a flood of refugees from his minority Alawite sect into the Golan Heights, Israel’s military chief told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

    “Assad cannot continue to hold onto power,” a committee...

  • Israel challenges U.N. on Palestinian refugees

    December 8, 2011 | 11:10 am

    Israel questioned the use of the U.N. aid agency created exclusively for Palestinian refugees.

    Addressing the United Nations in Geneva, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon argued Thursday against the two-tier system whereby Arabs displaced by the fighting in British...

  • Israel must grant entry to asylum seekers

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    January 26, 2011 | 11:03 am

    In 1939, sailing from Hamburg, Germany, 938 refugee Jews boarded the St. Louis to flee the Third Reich. They were destined for Cuba. We all know the end of this story. Anti-Semitism and xenophobia prevailed in Cuba; efforts were made for the St. Louis to divert to the United States,...

  • Key dates in recent Chinese Jewish history

    By Alison Klayman

    August 4, 2008 | 6:34 pm

    BEIJING (JTA) -- The following are key dates in Chinese Jewish history:
  • 1920 Ohel Rachel Synagogue is established in Shanghai (still standing).
  • 1928-49 The first Lubavitch rabbi in China, Meir Ashkenazi, leads Shanghai’s Congregation Ohel Moshe. Built in 1927, Ohel Moshe is now...
  • Recalling Shanghai’s Jewish past

    By Alison Klayman

    August 4, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    SHANGHAI, China (JTA)—Uri Gutman had more than parades and picnics in mind a couple of years ago when the Israeli government allotted funds to its Shanghai consul general for an Israel Independence Day reception.

    Gutman wanted to make a bigger impact with a service project in the...

  • Valley ‘Walk for Darfur’ raises $35,000

    By Julie G Fax

    June 5, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    More than 1,400 people marched up Vanowen Street and across Victory Boulevard in West Hills last Sunday to raise funds and awareness about the genocide in Darfur. The second annual three-mile Walk for Darfur raised more than $35,000 for Jewish World Watch's work in refugee support,...
  • Top Ten Signs we’re making progress towards peace

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Monday for the first time since Feb. 19 at the urging of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who dropped by briefly a week earlier to declare the peace process was "moving in the right direction."
    ...
  • No. 1 goal for new consul— telling L.A. ‘what Israel is’

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Yaakov Dayan, the new Israeli consul general for the Southwestern states, has just moved into his high-rise office on Wilshire Boulevard.

    The walls are bare and pockmarked with nail holes, but leaning against a chair are the first two pictures to go up. One is a head drawing of...

  • New books chronicle new exodus—Ethiopians’ journey and its aftermath

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes," by Howard M. Lenhoff (Gefen; $24.95).

    "The Ethiopian Jews of Israel," by Len Lyons (Jewish Lights; $34.99).

    Roughly 20 years ago, Sudan, whose western Darfur region has been engulfed in genocide for four years, watched another other tragedy...

  • Report: illegal West Bank construction up; Phosphorous bombs used in Hezbollah fight

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Report: Illegal West Bank Construction Up

    Israel reportedly has suppressed a government report revealing large-scale settlement expansion in the West Bank. Ha'aretz reported Tuesday that a study conducted over the past two years found that settlements and outposts often have been...

  • Schmoozing with the Shammes of Shanghai

    By Jack Weiss

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The shammes of Shanghai is an 87-year-old man named Wang Fa Liang. I often write for this paper when I return from overseas travel, but halfway through my recent trip to China with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, I was at a loss for a topic. And then I played hooky one morning in...
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