The Group Behind IDF Abuse Charges

To some, they are courageous heroes bringing transparency to the conduct of the Israel Defense Forces. To others, they are a collection of turncoats who publish unaccountable and unverifiable reports, motivated by politics and a hatred of their military.

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Show of Support: President Obama met with Jewish leaders at the White House on July 13.

Jewish Leaders Give Obama No Push-Back on Settlement Freeze

Forty-five minutes at the White House was all it took to crystallize the new paradigm defining the relations among the Obama administration, the Jewish community and Israel.

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A Plea For Rights: In Tel Aviv, members of Labor Party youth movement protested in December on behalf of Eritrean residents.

Illegals in Limbo, Now Cast Out of Israel’s Center

They are the inhabitants of Israel who live in limbo. Since 2005, an estimated 12,500 people have arrived in Israel, seeking asylum from Sudan and Eritrea. One group, the Sudanese, are suffering because their native country is Israel’s enemy; the Eritreans, because their country is Israel’s friend. Israel refuses to give residency to people from enemy states, and therefore will not consider Sudanese for refugee status. The only exception was in 2008 when Israel gave temporary residency to 450 arrivals from the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur as a one-time humanitarian gesture, though without granting them official refugee status.

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Genizah Go-To Guy: Mohamed Hawary?s expertise on Cairo?s Jewish treasure trove is valued by colleagues worldwide.

Egypt’s Jewish Studies Doyen Looks Back

“What’s a nice professor of Jewish studies doing teaching in a place like this?” For those unfamiliar with contemporary Egyptian intellectual life, this might be the first question that comes to mind upon meeting Mohamed Hawary, a professor of Hebrew studies and Jewish thought at Ain Shams University in Cairo, a teeming school of some 180,000 students.

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Antisemitic Rant Causes Red Faces at Islamic Confab

Efforts to bring together Jewish and Muslim communities hit another snag when an imam at a major Muslim conference gave an incendiary speech in which he said Jews were to blame for the Holocaust.

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