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The 850,000 forgotten Jewish refugees

The 850,000 forgotten Jewish refugees

 

TO UNDERSTAND how the Holocaust has been seared onto Israel’s collective consciousness, one should visit the country on Nisan 27, a date in the Hebrew calendar that falls in either April or May. On that day, Holocaust Memorial Day, the unsuspecting visitor is dumbstruck by the sight of an entire country coming to a halt.

At 10 a.m. on the dot, a siren sounds across the country. Schools, hospitals, trading floors, garages, news rooms, tech start-ups — all these and more freeze exactly where they are as Israeli citizens observe a minute of silent contemplation.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:57 )

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Mendelevitch returns to Russia

Mendelevitch returns to RussiaST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA — Through the back seat window of a black KGB car, Yosef Mendelevitch could see university students his age hurrying to take their finals. It was June 15, 1970, and the 23-year-old Mendelevitch had just been arrested along with 11 accomplices for trying to hijack a plane to escape the Soviet Union. On the tarmac of an airport outside St. Petersburg — then Leningrad — officers from the Soviets’ secret police detained the conspirators before they could board the si...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:55 )

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‘Mind Before Mouth’ fights bullying

‘Mind Before Mouth’ fights bullying Teen Hero WASHINGTON — As a sophomore in high school, Joshua Toch parlayed his disability into a platform to speak to others about the effects of bullying on young teens. Shortly after finishing third at a public speaking competition, Toch, now 18 and born with cerebral palsy, started Mind Before Mouth, an organization that arranges speaking engagements for teens on issues ranging from bullying and peer pressure to dating and mental illness. Hearing their peers speak candidly about issues...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:41 )

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Courage to fight an uphill battle

Courage to fight an uphill battle Say not the struggle naught availeth; The labor and the wounds are vain; The enemy faints not, nor faileth; And as things have been they remain. — Arthur Hugh Clough IS THERE nobility in continuing to fight an uphill battle? After 12 years of legal battles, from the lower to the upper courts, to facing an expected losing verdict at the Supreme Court, is it still worth putting up the fight? Philippe Karsenty would argue, unequivocally, yes. He should know. He’s been battling defamat...

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 December 2014 08:11 )

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At Thanksgiving, looking out for the needy

At Thanksgiving, looking out for the needyAS WE prepare for our Thanksgiving feasts, a 90-year-old Jewish man named Arnold Abbott is stirring the pot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., about hunger and homelessness in America. Or is it that Abbott, who in defiance of a controversial new city ordinance has been cited several times for feeding the homeless outdoors, is just asking us to pay more than lip service to our Jewish ideals? The ordinance limits where outdoor feeding sites can be located and requires permits. Groups must provide portabl...
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Israeli Cabinet reverses conversion reform policy

Marcy Oster Repealing conversion reform reportedly was part of the coalition deal struck between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism Party. ... [Link]

On Iran deal, Hoyer’s red lines are not AIPAC’s

Ron Kampeas Steny Hoyer studiously avoids AIPAC’s language in his statement on an Iran deal. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: It’s time to stop demonizing Michael Oren

Gabrielle Birkner Israel’s former U.S. ambassador wrote “Ally” for one overriding reason: to challenge Obama on Iran, writes Yossi Klein Halevi. ... [Link]

Report: Soros, Saban give total of $3 million to Clinton campaign

Cnaan Liphshiz Revelation comes amid reports that Clinton ... [Link]

Camp where Debbie Friedman began Jewish folk movement marks 50 years

Gabe Friedman Kutz Camp, the birthplace of modern spiritual Jewish music, celebrates fifty years of camp this July Fourth weekend. ... [Link]

Rioters chant against ‘Jewish murderers’ in Muslim Dutch neighborhood

Cnaan Liphshiz Riots near Jewish-owned enclave of The Hague erupted over slaying of young man by police officers. ... [Link]

Dutch lawmakers oppose slashing aid to Holocaust survivors

Cnaan Liphshiz Six survivors from The Hague were turned away from a care facility and told to seek help from their families. ... [Link]

Episcopal Church overwhelmingly rebuffs divestment resolution

Ron Kampeas The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops overwhelmingly rejected a motion to divest from company doing business with Israel in the West Bank. ... [Link]

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