This has been a tough week for all of us at HIAS, but it has been so much worse for the people of Afghanistan.
“There’s no reason to delay raising the refugee ceiling,” said HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield.
“I don’t want to be cynical or pessimistic, but I think it’s fair to wonder whether our elected officials are going to become complacent.”
“We live in service to our nation. I think that might be the highest form of patriotism. It’s not just simple words; it’s deeds.”
An organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for Jews of color has opened a COVID-19 emergency relief fund, citing the ways in which racism amplifies the impact of the coronavirus on people of color.
J Street criticized the ZOA chief’s “racist and Islamophobic behavior.” Then the Coalition for Jewish Values called their letter “baseless slander.”
Adelson-backed Zionist Organization of America says Hebrew Immigration Aid Society ‘has primarily non-Jewish (especially Muslim) clients.
“They didn’t just provide a place for us to live. They gave us a space to heal from our trauma. We felt very supported. It really felt like a family.”
“That just means that every year or so, I have to attend another hearing and say, he killed three of my beloveds.”
A delegation of rabbis, attorneys and advocates for asylum seekers delivered the HIAS-organized petition to Capitol Hill.