The First Genocide, A Century Later

04/21/2015 - 20:00

On April 24, nine days after the Jewish community has commemorated its losses during the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, another ethnic-religious minority marks its own searing 20th-century tragedy.

Slamming The Door To Peace

In a pair of dueling speeches at the United Nations, Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the door shut on future peace talks between two leaders who neither trust nor like each other. 

‘Never Again’ Must Become More Than Just A Slogan

09/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Seinfeld” aficionados will remember how the series ended, with the four main characters being convicted under a highly unusual statute for not intervening to prevent a carjacking. Normally, in U.S. law, there is no affirmative requirement to help anyone in distress. Good Samaritan laws were passed to shield those who take action voluntarily from potential liability claims based on those actions. 

Martin Raffel

A Memorial For Hitler’s Other Victims

10/31/2012 - 20:00

On a small, circular reflecting pool in the center of Berlin, across from the Reichstag parliament building, a memorial to some of the often-forgotten victims of the Third Reich was dedicated last week.

The “Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe Murdered Under National Socialism” remembers the Gypsies

Emma Goldberg, The politics of genocide.

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Emma Goldberg, 17

She used to doubt the power of Twitter. After all, how much can you really express in 140 characters? — Twitter’s strict word limit. But after mobilizing 2,000 students to direct tweets at President Obama while he appeared on MTV, and receiving a response from the president himself on national television articulating his administration’s policies about genocide in Sudan, Emma Goldberg officially reformed her views.

Emma Goldberg

Simon Goldberg, ‘The Genocide Guy’

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Simon Goldberg, 21

Twitter: @simongoldberg

For Simon Goldberg, 21, the call came when he was a high school sophomore and attended a huge rally on the National Mall to raise awareness about the Darfur genocide.

Simon Goldberg

The American Jewish Vote: Not All About Israel

02/13/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Whether or not a candidate for public office supports the state of Israel is important to American Jews, but it is not the only issue we care about.

Indeed, in 2012 it is highly likely that all major Presidential candidates will be pro-Israel, so American Jewish voters can concentrate on voting for the candidate who best embodies the principles of the Torah and the American republic.

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

Kissinger: Gassing Soviet Jews Would Not be a U.S. Problem

12/10/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Henry Kissinger is heard saying the genocide of Soviet Jews would not be an American concern on newly released tapes chronicling President Nixon's obsession with disparaging Jews and other minorities.

Kissinger's remarks come after a meeting between the two men and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on March 1 1973, in which Meir pleads for U.S. pressure on the Soviet Union to release its Jews.

The men dismiss the plea after Meir leaves.

Our Walls Bear Witness: Sudan at the Crossroads

Images of Sudan trip projected on Museum walls

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.

Jewish Groups Praise Obama on Sudan

10/03/2010 - 20:00

(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.

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