human rights

Israel Boycotts Scheduled U.N. Review Of Human Rights Practices

01/30/2013

Israel boycotted a United Nations review of its human rights practices, becoming the first country to do so.

Promoting Human Rights And Fighting Poverty

What does it mean to be a light onto the nations? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Ruth Messinger President of American Jewish World Service about her work an how AJWS is transforming communities  around the globe.

Fasting To Protest Solitary Confinement

06/18/2012

 

Today and tomorrow (June 18 and 19), I am fasting as an individual in solidarity with tens of thousands of American individuals in solitary confinement. I am also fasting in solidarity with hundreds of faith leaders across the country calling for an end of solitary confinement.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

Kissinger And Human Rights: Why Is Israel Honoring Him?

06/12/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Human rights “are the birthright of all people,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared in a speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Dec. 6, 2011. “It does not matter what country we live in, who our leaders are, or even who we are. Because we are human, we therefore have rights. And because we have rights, governments are bound to protect them.”

Celebrate Israel In Its Entirety

04/26/2012
Special To The Jewish Week Online

For me, like for most Israelis, the two weeks between the end of Passover and Yom Haatzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day, are a time of year in which big concepts materialize in one’s daily life - our emergence as a people in the Exodus, the memory of the horrors of the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, the remembrance, on Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), of the Fallen, through the celebration of the founding of the State of Israel.

What's Senator Leahy Really Up To?

There’s some confusion about whether a powerful U.S. senator is planning to introduce an amendment to the foreign aid bill to cut off American assistance and equipment to three elite IDF units accused of human rights violations.
 

Syria Starts Ramadan With A Bang

Bashar Assad ushered in Ramadan this weekend by killing at least 136 unarmed civilian demonstrators, including nearly 100 in the city of Hama, the place where nearly 30 years earlier his father massacred tens of thousands of his fellow Syrians. Tanks and machine-gunners also targeted mosque minarets in the Sunni-majority city; Assad and his ruling circle are Alouite Shi'ites.

Israel, Germans Work For Shalit's Release on 5th Anniversary

06/26/2011

Efforts are intensifying for the release of Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit on the fifth anniversary of his capture by the terrorist organization Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel had accepted a German-mediated deal for Shalit's release, and was awaiting Hamas' response.

Solitary Confinement: When Solitude is no Longer a Virtue

05/05/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Last week there was a major Congressional briefing on the effects of long-term solitary confinement. Experts demonstrated that prolonged, isolated confinement causes serious psychological damage. Yet most courts and legislatures have been unwilling to declare this harsh practice unconstitutional or to change this nation's current unethical practice. Can anyone hear the cries from the "hole?"

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

UN Human Rights Council Draws Jewish Praise for Iran Position

03/25/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council drew rare praise from Jewish groups for creating a position for a special rapporteur on Iran.

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