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  • Livni: Israel Not Going to Durban Ii

    Israel will not participate in the Durban II anti-racism conference, Tzipi Livni said. Israel’s foreign minister made the announcement during an address Wednesday to the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities of North America. The Durban Review Conference scheduled for Geneva in 2009 is a follow-up to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination,… More ▸

  • Israeli Diamond Dealer Slain in Johannesburg

    A well-known Israeli diamond dealer was shot dead outside the downtown Johannesburg Diamond Center as he left the building. Michel Rubinek, 50, of Rubinek Diamonds, was attacked Monday evening by five men, one of whom was thought to be Israeli, according to reports. The gunmen opened fire from two cars with AK-47s and 9mm pistols…. More ▸

  • Israeli Diamond Dealer Murdered in Johannesburg

    An Israeli diamond trader was found murdered in South Africa. The murder occurred Monday night in Johannesburg, where the victim had lived for many years. The incident is being treated as a robbery gone awry, the Israeli daily Ha’artez reported Tuesday. More ▸

  • Ethiopia, Israel Celebrate Ties in D.c.

    Ethiopians, Israelis and American Jews celebrated their historic and cultural ties. Wednesday’s event at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, timed in part to mark the end of Ethiopia’s first year in its third millennium, featured an Ethiopian vegetarian buffet and a performance by an Ethiopian Jewish singer and musician who now lives in the United… More ▸

  • Amid Political Turmoil, Emigration from South Africa is Again on Rise

    The euphoria that permeated all sectors of the South African population with its first democratic election in 1994 has degenerated into widespread pessimism with the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki, who enjoyed a good relationship with the Jewish community and presided over a once-flourishing economy, was pushed out by his own party in… More ▸

  • Amid the Turmoil of South Africa, Jewish Activism Makes a Difference

    I recently had an opportunity, rarely afforded to presidents and CEOs, to spend six weeks in the shoes of one of my organization’s volunteers. I joined the American Jewish World Service’s Volunteer Corps, which places mid- and late-career professionals on assignments with nongovernmental organizations throughout the developing world. In this city, I was assigned to… More ▸

  • Aliyah from Ethiopia Must Continue

    The cold, rainy season in northwestern Ethiopia is at its peak, adding to the misery of thousands of Jews who recently have learned that Israel intends to abandon them in Ethiopia and that funds essential to their survival have run out. When the rains stop and malaria mosquitoes breed in the puddles, some of the… More ▸

  • Bringing Falash Mura Impugns the Real Ethiopian Jews

    The 125,000 Ethiopians who live in Israel immigrated here in dribs and drabs. When Ethiopians first started coming to Israel in the 1970s, some members of Israel’s political elite referred to us as “temporary migrant workers.” Things began to change only during the waves of aliyah in the 1980s, under Menachem Begin’s Likud government. The… More ▸

  • In Ethiopia, We Must Fulfill Mitzvah of Redeeming Captives

    The world is filled with irony; some of it tragic. A good example is the case of the Ethiopians languishing in Gondar waiting to make aliyah to Israel. In 1989, when I visited Ethiopia for the first time, the North American Jewish community was contributing funds that provided food and health care, and educated the… More ▸

  • Major Phase of Ethiopian Aliyah Ends, but Advocates Push for More

    When the plane from Ethiopia touched down early Tuesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport with 65 new immigrants aboard, there was no ceremony to mark what constituted the end of a major phase of mass Ethiopian aliyah. Instead, the immigrants were escorted through the old airport terminal, processed and bused to Jewish Agency-run absorption… More ▸