Africa

  • Jewish Olympians Must Shine Light on Chinese Abuses, Aid to Sudan

    In the summer of 1936, a year after the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws, the world turned a blind eye to Nazi Germany’s genocidal intentions as Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin. With next summer’s games set to take place in Beijing, Jewish and Israeli athletes have a responsibility to help ensure that the world… More ▸

  • Sudanese Refugees Flooding Israel Pose Moral and Practical Dilemmas

    It’s early morning in the Negev desert, but there’s a flurry of activity along Israel’s dusty border with Egypt, where small groups of Sudanese plot their escape across the international boundary. On one side lies peril and poverty –crowded refugee camps, scarce jobs and overzealous Egyptian soldiers ready to open fire on anyone trying to… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A retired Israeli spy has published a memoir on his role in rescuing Ethiopian Jewish refugees. Gad Shimron’s “Mossad Exodus,” just out in English, tells of how thousands of Jews who had fled their native Ethiopia to neighboring Sudan were secretly spirited to Israel by sea and air between 1982 and 1984. The mission, codenamed… More ▸

  • British Conspiracy Theory on Hijacking That Led to Entebbe Raid Roils Israelis

    Israelis are outraged over a 30-year-old British conspiracy theory on the origins of the legendary Entebbe operation. Experts on the Entebbe rescue, including Benjamin Netanyahu, are weighing in to debunk the theory. A BBC report published June 1 quoted a recently declassified British government memorandum as suggesting that Jerusalem secretly collaborated with the Popular Front… More ▸

  • If No One Knows Who They Are, Can Sudanese Be a Real Threat?

    Activists call it ironic: While some Sudanese refugees are imprisoned by the Israeli government as citizens of an enemy nation, others crossing into Israel are being abandoned on the street. No one knows or considers who they are. The practice in the past two years has been to arrest and detain Darfur refugees and other… More ▸

  • Historic Pilgrimage in Tunisia Revives After 2002 Terror Attack

    With hundreds of policemen lining the roads, X-ray machines blocking the entrance to an ancient synagogue and a police helicopter circling overhead, some 5,000 Jews joyously celebrated the annual Ghriba pilgrimage on this Tunisian island. The heavy security at the May 6 event was intended to prevent a repeat of a 2002 terrorist attack against… More ▸

  • Fidelity Must Join the Growing Numbers Divesting from Sudan

    In October 2006, at a meeting of the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur, an active member of the volunteer organization shared some disturbing news with the group. Eric Cohen, a retired businessman, said he had learned recently that the Boston-based mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments had nearly a billion dollars invested in two of the… More ▸

  • Israelis Fire Back at Egypt over Claims of War Atrocities

    For more than 30 years they kept to themselves, hoping the memories of their ordeal in Egyptian captivity would be eclipsed by peace deals and the passage of time. But accounts by former Israeli prisoners of war have been resurfacing of late, largely in retaliation to a flurry of atrocity allegations from Egypt. The latest… More ▸

  • Israeli Quandary over Sudanese: Let Them Stay or Send Them Away

    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 paid with money borrowed from Sudanese friends…. More ▸

  • Families of Yeshiva Victims Inspire with Their Love of Faith

    Condolence visits are part of a rabbi’s life, but no one ever taught us how to make nine visits in a 48-hour period. We arrived in Israel on the morning of March 11 and left the following night. Our mission, representing the Rabbinical Council of America, was to express solidarity with the families of the… More ▸