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  • 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 ▸

  • Behind the Headlines is Israel Capping Ethiopian Aliyah?

    In a sign that Israel is taking steps to cap the number of future Ethiopian immigrants, the Interior Ministry has begun delivering rejection notices to Ethiopian petitioners deemed ineligible for aliyah. Since 2004, Israel has been bringing 300 Ethiopian immigrants to Israel each month from among a pool of several thousand Ethiopian aliyah petitioners. The… More ▸

  • As It Mediates Palestinian Chaos, Egypt Also Accuses Israel of Spying

    Just as it was hoping for an Egyptian breakthrough on the Palestinian front, Israel finds itself embroiled in spy allegations from Cairo. Egyptian prosecutors announced over the weekend that they had charged a local man with spying for the Jewish state. Like past Egyptian allegations of Israeli spying, this one could well turn out to… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World South African Jews Charge Bias at Freedom of Expression Institute

    South Africa’s Freedom of Expression Institute is biased against Israel, the Jewish community’s umbrella body says. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies lambasted the institute, the FXI, in a letter sent to its director, Jane Duncan, and to the media, citing instances of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bias. The role of the nongovernmental organization, created… More ▸

  • South African Province Makes Teaching of Holocaust Mandatory

    A South African province is preparing to make Holocaust studies a mandatory part of the school curriculum. The Cape Town Holocaust Centre recently conducted a four-day workshop for some 50 people in cooperation with Kwazulu-Natal province’s Department of Education, training senior teachers, subject advisers and education officials who will provide support for the course. Holocaust… More ▸