Civil rights movement inspired rally for Soviet Jews

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By Rafael Medoff/JNS.org   WASHINGTON, D..C. — “We didn’t know you couldn’t organize a mass rally in four days, and sometimes if you don’t know, then you just plunge ahead—and you do it.” So says Glenn Richter, one of the organizers of the rally in New York City, 50 years ago on May 1, which […]

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Kansas hate crimes didn’t emerge from a vacuum

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By Ben Cohen/JNS.org When you look at the image of Frazier Glenn Cross, AKA Glenn Miller, the accused shooter alleged to have  cold-bloodedly murdered three Christians in an eve-of-Passover spree at two Jewish community buildings in Overland Park, Kan., what do you see? I’ll tell you what I see. The dead-eyed stare, the pasty, blotched skin and […]

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U.S. urged to admit Ukrainian Jewish refugees

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NEW YORK (Press Release) – In light of the civil unrest and escalating violence in Ukraine, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is calling for the immediate expansion of the Lautenberg Amendment. The amendment, named for the late U.S. Senator, Frank Lautenberg, has for many years been a pathway to freedom for Jews and other religious minorities […]

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Overland Park shootings victimized Jews and Christians

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By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — Tomorrow—Good Friday, April 18—is the funeral date for a grandfather and his grandson murdered this past week at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas, allegedly by a neo-Nazi Klansman.  The service will be held at the Methodist Church of the Resurrection in nearby Leawood .  A […]

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U.N. Amb. Power: World must stop Syrian murders

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  UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Press Release) — Ambassador Samantha Power, the U.S. permanent representatitve to the United Nations, said on Wednesday, April 16, that the world must do more to stop mass killings and atrocities in Syria. At a Security Council briefing on the prevention and fight against genocide, she described as “devastating” crimes against […]

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White House official: terrorism prevention starts at home

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BOSTON (Press Release) –President Obama’s assistant for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Lisa Monaco, told a forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School that to prevent terrorism families and communities must be aware and ready to intervene when someone’s behavior lurches towards violence. Following is a partial text of her speech, delivered Tuesday, April 15: * “We’ve faced […]

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Obama, Kerry send Pesach greetings

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)–U.S President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were among the public officials who have sent Passover greetings to the Jewish community. President Obama said in a statement: “Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.  […]

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Overland Park shootings stir heart- felt reactions; third victim, Terri LaManno, was visiting her mom

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San Diego Jewish World news roundup There were new developments and more responses Monday to the killing of three people at Jewish institutions in the Kansas City suburbs on Sunday and to the suspect calling out “Heil Hitler” to reporters after being taken into custody. Fox News reported that the woman shot in the parking […]

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ADL releases dossier on shooting suspect

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NEW YORK (Press Release)–The shooter arrested in the killing of three individuals outside the Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas is a white supremacist with a long history of promoting anti-Semitism and racism, according to a backgrounder released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The suspect, identified by police as Frazier Cross, but who is also […]

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Hatred of the other behind Overland Park killings

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By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday (April 13) in a Kansas City suburb, in a horrible hate crime, a man yelled “Heil Hitler” after murdering three innocent people because he saw them as “the other.”  My prayers are with the victims and their families. Hitler didn’t “just” kill Jews — he was a mass murderer […]

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Middle East, Eastern Europe challenge U.S.

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM–Two  issues are at the roiling stage, and threatening the capacity of Barack Obama to run the world by means of his political wisdom and the aides he sends forth to do his work. Ukraine and Israel-Palestine are much different in the nature and what they threaten. Israel and Palestine are on […]

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Nation mourns victims in Overland Park attacks

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  -Compiled from news reports- OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – A gunman opened fire in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center in this Kansas City suburb, killing  a man and his teenage grandson as they sat in their car on Sunday afternoon, April 12.  A short while later, in the parking lot of Village […]

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Brandeis was wrong to cancel Ali’s honor

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By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel CHULA VISTA, California — One of the most important feminists fighting for women’s rights in the Islamic world is a woman named Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This remarkable woman was born in Somalia where she was raised as a Muslim. She spent her youth and young adulthood in Africa and Saudi […]

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An Israeli tourist’s reflections on America

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By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel –Returning from a four-week jaunt across the USA in which we visited six cities and met countless relatives and friends – both old and new – it took no time at all to get used to the pace of life in Israel. That may be due in part to […]

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