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  • 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,...

  • Protesting African migrants sent back to Israeli detention center

    December 17, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Israeli police on Tuesday sent back to custody about 150 African migrants who had abandoned a desert detention center in protest against a new law allowing them to be kept there indefinitely.

    Aided by rights groups, the migrants had travelled to Jerusalem to demonstrate outside...

  • Holocaust scholars urge Obama to sanction countries hosting Bashir

    June 18, 2012 | 11:29 am

    A group of 70 Holocaust scholars have sent a letter urging the Obama administration support a congressional amendment that would halt U.S. foreign assistance to countries that host visits for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

    The letter, sent June 14 and addressed to...

  • Israel begins repatriating South Sudanese migrants

    June 17, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    A planeload of 120 illegal migrants was scheduled to leave Israel for repatriation in South Sudan.

    The migrants reportedly began boarding buses Sunday afternoon headed for Ben Gurion Airport for a flight that evening.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the...

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  • Israel rounds up African migrants for deportation

    June 11, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Israel said on Monday it had started rounding up African migrants in the first stage of a controversial “emergency plan” to intern and deport thousands deemed a threat to the Jewish character of the state.

    Israel Radio reported that dozens of Africans, mainly from South Sudan, had...

  • Jerusalem court clears way for S. Sudanese migrants’ deportation

    June 7, 2012 | 8:11 am

    A Jerusalem court ruled that Israel could deport South Sudanese migrants who entered the country illegally.

    Thursday’s decision in Jerusalem District Court was in response to an appeal by NGOs representing African migrants. The appeal was filed after Israel’s Interior Minister Eli...

  • Not in my name

    May 23, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Yesterday, someone shared a picture of an Israeli woman wearing a shirt that read “Death to the Sudanese” on my Facebook wall. The woman was a Tel Aviv resident taking part in a protest on Tuesday night to encourage the Israeli government to deport African asylum seekers from...

  • 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...

  • Two rabbis join George Clooney in protest of Sudanese government

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 15, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    In the ceaseless work of repairing the world, George Clooney will rub shoulders with two activist rabbis, who will join him tomorrow at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington to protest the Sudanese government’s blockade of food and humanitarian aid to endangered citizens.

    The actor has...

  • Loyalty to Jews or to humanity? There is no ‘either-or’

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The question is whispered and must be answered in a forthright manner: Darfur or Israel? Is your loyalty to your people or to humanity? Is your loyalty to Judaism or to mankind? Are you essentially a Jew or a human being?

    Be wary of the framing of the question, because it forces a...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Striking the S-Word

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    I never heard the N-word, growing up, because we were Jewish. For my parents, the S-word sufficed. Although they never would have denied someone an opportunity based on skin color, it was " schvartzes " who...

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