The Jewish Week's Heather Robinson interviews Simon Deng, escaped slave, human rights activist, and Christian Zionist, about his work on behalf of Southern Sudan and Israel, the history of alliance between his people and Israel, and his thoughts on the legacy of Nelson Mandela and Ariel Sharon.
So much for remembering our history; farewell to compassion. Those were my thoughts after reading the news this week that Israel officially began its plan to expel thousands of African immigrants, many of whom claim to be seeking political asylum. On Monday, 115 Africans—mostly from South Sudan, which came into being only recently, after the horrors of Darfur—were arrested by the Israeli police. Another 73 were detained at the Israeli border.
IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto and American Jewish Committee, are sending a humanitarian aid cargo to help the people of South Sudan "on behalf of the Israeli and Jewish people as a goodwill gesture between both communities," according to a news release issued by the organization.
IsraAID is planning to send a long-term aid mission to help women, children and the elderly in the new country.