Ensuring Justice for All: Principles for the Development of Clean Air and other Regulations Affecting Public Health

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Background Note: The public has until March 12, 1997 to comment on the new clean air standards proposed by the EPA. It is anticipated that there will be an attempt made in Congress to weaken the EPA proposals by exercising the recently-passed Congressional authority to amend or veto regulations which affect small businesses. Many environmental…

Environmental Leadership and Justice

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Recent attacks on environmental protections have raised profound questions about the fulfillment of our solemn moral obligation to serve as responsible stewards of our natural heritage and to bequeath to future generations an improved, rather than a degraded, world. Furthermore, the nation has not engaged in a comprehensive effort to end environmental injustices, leaving some…

 Israel’s Missing-In-Action (Executive Committee 1996)

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  The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC), on this tenth anniversary of the capture of Israel Air Force Captain Ron Arad, expresses its continued deep concern over the fate of Israeli MIAs and the anguish of those families whose husbands, fathers and sons are still missing in action. Israeli soldiers Zachary Baumel, Zvi…

Falash Mura

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  • Posted on October 14, 1996

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  • World Jewry

Background: The Falash Mura are the descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity (Ethiopian Orthodox Church). These people, who reside in Gondar and other communities in the northern part of the country, were not accepted by the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews) or the Ethiopian Christians. Although there are no definitive figures, estimates are that…

Absorption of Ethiopian Community in Israel

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Background: The successful rescue of Ethiopian Jewry has been a source of pride for Jews worldwide. The Israeli government, with the partnership of the diaspora communities, has made extraordinary efforts toward their successful absorption into Israeli society. Ethiopian immigrants are the beneficiaries of generous housing mortgages and job training programs. However, given the complexity of…

The Protection of Biological Diversity

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Beginning in the late 1970’s with concerns about US energy independence and its implications for Israel’s security, environment issues, including water pollution, toxic waste clean-up, and environmental justice, have emerged as significant policy concerns of the organized American Jewish community. The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council recognizes the importance of environmental preservation to the…

Legislation to allow concealed deadly weapons

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  • Posted on February 13, 1996

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  • Guns and Mass Violence

In keeping with its long-standing position supporting enhanced control of firearms through legislation at the national, state, and local levels, the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) urges strong opposition to recent state level legislative initiatives which would allow the carrying of concealed deadly weapons. Such legislation will not protect American citizens from violence.…

Action to Overcome Racial Division

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  • Posted on October 23, 1995

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  • Intergroup Relations

  Events in the last several months have served to underscore the profound racial divide which continues to exist within our country. This divide increasingly undermines the efforts of people of goodwill to work together to ensure an open, inclusive, pluralistic society which safeguards the well-being of all its citizens. It is imperative that we…

Middle East Peace Process (Executive Committee 1995)

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The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) reaffirms its strong support of the peace process and efforts by the Rabin government to achieve a lasting peace with durable security for the Israeli people.   We welcome the recent historic Interim Agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. This is an important milestone. For the first…

Bosnia (Executive Committee 1995)

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  • Posted on October 23, 1995

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The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council is heartened by the U.S. brokered cease-fire which has restored electricity and other basic services to many Bosnian cities and towns. The long siege on Sarajevo has been lifted and routes to many Muslim enclaves have been opened. In September, Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke persuaded the…