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Immigration Enforcement

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The United States is a nation of immigrants. While immigration laws are necessary, they should be respectful of human rights and never become a tool for hate and discrimination.  The U.S. Constitution and numerous acts of Congress provide the federal government with preeminent authority over immigration. Immigration policy has been the exclusive purview of the…



Genocide

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Despite a collective commitment, the failure of the world community to stop genocidal violence and humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and other areas of the world has raised the question of whether the United States and the international community have the political will and capacities necessary to deter or stop genocide and other mass atrocities.  The U.S. Senate,…



Elections

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The cornerstone of democracy is the election process.   The mission statement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs recognizes that Jewish security is linked inexorably to the strength of democratic institutions and that the Jewish community has a direct stake and an ethical imperative to assure that America remains a country wedded to the Bill…



Birthright Citizenship

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The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirmed the concept of birthright citizenship, i.e., determining a person’s citizenship by place of birth.  Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment provides “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they…



Usury

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Prohibitions against usury date back to biblical times. The prophet Ezekiel compares a usurer to someone who is a “thief, a murderer…who oppresses the poor and the needy” (18:10-13). After 1776, all states adopted general usury laws. Most states limited interest rates to under 10%.  However, beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s, many…



Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Military

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The 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy was proffered as a compromise that held the promise that would allow gays and lesbians to serve in the military if they did not reveal their sexual orientation.  Established under the premise of discretion and privacy, the policy still barred lesbian, gay, and bisexual people from serving…



Haiti

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In January, portions of the island nation of Haiti, already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, were devastated by a massive earthquake, resulting in the loss as many as 300,000 lives, and possibly more.   Many nations quickly reacted to provide humanitarian aid to Haiti.   As Americans, we applaud the tremendous efforts commenced by…



Food Sustainability and Local Food Distribution

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“Food insecurity” is a new term in the American lexicon.  It has replaced the word “hunger” to accurately describe the experience of families who suffer from unreliable access to adequate food from non-emergency sources. One in six families in the United States are currently classified as food insecure–the highest level since the government began collecting…



Falash Mura

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Israel has always been committed to helping every Jew who wants to make Aliyah, especially those from challenging situations. We recognize that the question of the Jewish status of the Falash Mura is complicated, that Israel has limited resources, and that Israel has the right to determine its own criteria for immigration. In addition, we…



Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement

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In recent years, the campaign to delegitimize and demonize Israel, which began in earnest at the 2001 UN Conference Against Racism in Durban, has intensified.  This campaign, which is being driven by NGOs in the Middle East and throughout the world, distorts the history and national aspirations of the Jewish people to live in peace…