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Seattle Buses to Carry ‘Israeli War Crimes’ Ads


(JTA) -- Buses in downtown Seattle will carry advertisements about "Israeli War Crimes" to mark the second year since the Gaza war.

The Seattle Midwest Awareness Campaign has paid $1,794 to place the advertisements on 12 buses beginning Dec. 27, the day Israel entered Gaza to stop rocket attacks on its southern communities, according to Seattle's King 5 News.

The ads feature a group of children looking at a demolished building under the heading "Israeli War Crimes: Your tax dollars at work."

Women and Climate Change: What You Don’t Know

The ways in which women are vulnerable, and their human rights are violated, have changed little through the millennia, and climate change will only exacerbate the same old suffering.

Special to the Jewish Week

In December 2004, when the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, women died, in part, because they could not swim, because they put the needs of their children first, and most tragically of all, they drowned in their homes because they would not flee after debris had torn off their clothes. In the years since the tsunami, these shocking facts have motivated NGOs to develop programs to prepare women for the increasing number of disasters expected to result from climate change.

Human Rights Day 2010: A Day to Lament

Special to the Jewish Week

The international community on December 10 marks International Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Genocide Conventions. Unfortunately, there is more to lament than celebrate. Although numerous institutions and organizations were established to protect and advance these rights, the international community fails to live up to its moral commitments.

IRAC, Abraham Fund Call for Charges Against Safed Rabbi


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two Israeli groups with U.S. affiliates called for the criminal investigation of a municipal rabbi who asked Jews not to rent apartments to non-Jews.

The Israel Religious Action Center, an affiliate of the Reform movement, and the Abraham Fund, a group that promotes Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel and that has a U.S. office, this week sent separate letters to Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein calling on him to launch a criminal incitement probe of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, Ha'aretz reported.

Jewish Groups Praise Obama on Sudan


(JTA) -- Jewish groups praised President Obama for focusing international attention on preventing renewed civil war in Sudan.

Obama appeared late last month at a United Nations conference on the situation in Sudan, putting the U.S. government's weight behind efforts to ensure that independence referendums take place in the sub-Saharan African country as scheduled in January.

Israeli Soldiers Convicted of Using Human Shield


JERUSALEM (JTA)-- An Israeli military court convicted two soldiers of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during the Gaza war.

The Israeli soldiers were convicted of inappropriate behavior and overstepping authority on Sunday, for forcing an 11-year-old Palestinian boy to open bags they believed to be armed with explosives during a search conducted in southern Gaza City in January 2009.

It is the first convictions on the use of human shields, which is prohibited by Israeli military protocol, according to Haaretz.

Wigmakers' Conference On Abuse Postponed

Staff Writer
Organizers of a conference that would sensitize Orthodox wigmakers to signs of domestic abuse are working on rescheduling the Feb. 12 conference, which was postponed following a feature on the event in The Jewish Week. A source said the publicity had caused unspecified complications. The conference was organized by several Jewish organizations with help from the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. Recognizing that Orthodox women have close relationships with the women who style their wigs, it sought to train the wigmakers to counsel abuse victims.

Group Against Arab Home Demolitions Seeks Support Here

Assistant Managing Editor
On the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War, a human rights organization founded 10 years ago by Israelis is raising its profile and seeking more support from Americans. But the organization’s name might be misleading. The Israel Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is not just focused on preventing the Israeli army’s destruction of Palestinian property — a cause that gained international notice in 2003 when American activist Rachel Corrie was crushed by a bulldozer while protesting such actions on the West Bank.

Elian Saga Could Mar Return Of Children

Staff Writer
Advocates for children in international custody cases are warning that the unfolding Elian Gonzales saga could have drastic repercussions on efforts to retrieve kids from foreign countries, including Israel, where such cases have risen sharply in recent years. “This gives those who want to justify the non-return of children another peg to hang their hats on,” said Nancy Hammer, international director of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia.

Confrontation In Kazakhstan?

Staff Writer
Jewish leaders are promising to raise questions about the human rights record of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev when they meet with him this week. "Most countries are accused of human rights abuses, and it is an issue we will discuss while there," Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said of the group's five-day trip to Kazakhstan.
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