President Obama in an address at a Holocaust remembrance event said he would "always be there for Israel" and defended his administration's record on preventing atrocities.
Obama spoke Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a few days after Holocaust Remembrance Day. Prior to his address, he took a tour of the museum guided by Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust memoirist and Nobel Peace laureate.
Israeli artists and academics have called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent the deportation of refugees who came from South Sudan.
The 400 writers, authors and musicians sent a petition to the prime minister Tuesday asking him to stop the deportation, saying it would expose the refugees, many of them children, “to a raging war, hunger and disease.”
Last month, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington sponsored a trip to South Sudan as part of its genocide prevention efforts. The purpose of this trip was to see firsthand the dangers facing Sudanese civilians as southerners prepare to vote on a referendum that could give the South independence from the North.
The Museum is committed to raising awareness internationally about ongoing conflict and the potential for new violence in Sudan to help ensure the Sudanese people can experience a peaceful and secure future.
(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.
Seeking broad support for his initiative to fight slavery in Sudan, the Rev. Al Sharpton is turning to Jewish philanthropists for help and challenging communal leaders to end their ban on meeting with him, asserting that Jews and blacks should work together for this cause.