Category Archive for: International Policy

New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking

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The NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking was established in 2011 by the Community Relations Committee of Greater MetroWest NJ to help create a grassroots abolitionist movement in New Jersey to eradicate Human Trafficking. The Coalition is made up of approximately 100 diverse groups, including: faith-based organizations, ethnic and community organizations, non-profits, government agencies, law enforcement,…



Reuters: U.S. vows to push for U.N. action on Iran despite Russian opposition

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This article discusses the complexities of confronting Iran’s ballistic missile tests in the United Nations Security Council. Reuters: U.S. vows to push for U.N. action on Iran despite Russian opposition by Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau The United States on Monday vowed to continue pushing for United Nations Security Council action on Iran’s recent ballistic…



Armenian Genocide

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Historians and scholars tell us that the Armenian people were the victims of the first genocide of the twentieth century at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, the predecessors of modern-day Turkey. Approximately 1.5 million Armenians were killed or expelled from their homes and deported. The year 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the start…



Antisemitism (2015 Plenum)

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  • Posted on October 8, 2015

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  • World Jewry

 In 2014 and the first part of 2015, there were three deadly terrorist attacks on European Jewish institutions: the Jewish museum in Brussels, a kosher grocery store in Paris, and a synagogue in Copenhagen. In the United States, while the total number of anti-Semitic incidents remains at historically low levels, there were some particularly violent…



 Anti-Semitism and Other Threats to Jewish Communities in Europe

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  • Posted on February 8, 2014

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  • World Jewry

  European Jewish communities face increasing threats from anti-Semitism and challenges to religious practices which are basic to Jewish religious identity.  The underlying forces driving expressions of anti-Semitism and campaigns against religious freedom vary among countries but can be found across Europe.  Anti-Semitic attacks on individuals, synagogues, cemeteries and schools occur with disturbing frequency.  Of…



Gender Segregation in Secular Public Spaces in Israel

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  • Posted on February 28, 2012

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  • Israeli Domestic Concerns

  Israel was founded as a democratic state upon principles of liberty, justice, and the equal rights of all its citizens. The values of freedom and human rights reflect the essence of Israeli society and undergird the strength and resilience of the Israeli people. Israel’s Declaration of Independence provides that Israel will “uphold the full…



Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

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President Obama has made resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a high priority in the first years of his administration, appointing former Sen. George Mitchell as a special Middle East envoy on his first day in the White House.  Positive developments in the West Bank Palestinian political landscape – particularly the nation and institution building led by…



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,…



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…



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…