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  • Tense Talks As Israel, Egypt Spar over Smuggling into Gaza

    Old warriors-turned-statesmen from Israel and Egypt met Wednesday to head off a diplomatic dispute over the smuggling of weapons into the Hamas-led Gaza Strip. Two days after Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told a Knesset panel that Cairo was doing a “dismal” job of preventing weapons and cash from reaching Gaza via the Egyptian Sinai,… More ▸

  • As Ethiopian Aliyah Nears End, Advocates Push for 8,500 More

    With Israel’s Interior Ministry on the verge of bringing its Ethiopian aliyah operation to a close, a coalition of Ethiopian advocacy groups is pressing the government to add another 8,500 would-be immigrants for the ministry’s consideration. For now it seems nothing short of a court order will force the Interior Ministry to screen the additional… More ▸

  • Egypt Playing Negative Role As Peace Parley Approaches

    As the Annapolis peace parley rapidly approaches, some of the Arab and Muslim players expected to play a key role in creating conditions for a favorable outcome are proving to be more of an obstacle than asset. Egypt, Syria and Turkey — each in its own way — are complicating efforts to hold what the… More ▸

  • U.N. Conference Has Groups Worrying About Durban Sequel

    Jewish groups are casting a watchful eye on the first preparatory meetings for what some are calling Durban II, the follow-up to the infamous U.N.-sponsored conference against racism in 2001. The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban, South Africa on the eve of the terrorist attacks of Sept…. More ▸

  • JDC Helps Woman Realize Vision of Jewish-run Youth Village in Rwanda

    Anne Heyman heard a statistic nearly two years ago that would change her life: Fifteen percent of Rwandan children are orphans due to the 1994 genocide that murdered 800,000 people in 100 days. “I couldn’t let go of this notion,” Heyman said. “There was really no future for Rwanda.” Heyman, a non-practicing attorney born in… More ▸

  • 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 ▸