Africa

Israel and South Sudan establish diplomatic relations

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Israel has officially established diplomatic relations with the fledgling state of South Sudan.

The Jewish State was one of the first countries to welcome South Sudan after it declared independence on July 9, while there were jubilant scenes among the Sudanese refugee population of Tel Aviv.

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Southern Sudan given warm welcome by Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has offered good wishes to the world's newest country following its independence on July 9 at midnight.

The Republic of South Sudan was created in 2005 in a peace agreement ending decades of civil war. The Israeli Prime Minister said Israel recognised the new state and added: "We wish it much success."

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WJR seeks assistance for hungry Africans

July 7, 2011

World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal to assist the millions across the Horn of Africa facing severe food shortages.

The region's worst drought for 60 years has been compounded by increasing grain prices, fodder shortages, livestock deaths and conflict. An estimated eight million-plus people need urgent assistance.

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WJR launch Horn of Africa famine appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

A Jewish organisation has launched an online appeal in response to the growing food shortage in the Horn of Africa.

The United Nations warned earlier this week that at least nine million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somilia and Djibouti were facing starvation. The region has been hit by a drought which the UN said was one of the worst in 60 years.

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The slave who found freedom

By Nathan Jeffay, July 1, 2011

Six years ago, Avi Be'eri- or Ibrahim as he was known then - was a broken, lonely street child, sleeping in a market in his native Guinea, West Africa. He had been orphaned, and had left the home of his uncle, where he was meant to be living, because of abuse.

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On this day: hostages in Entebbe

By Anna Slater, June 27, 2011

On July 27 1976, pro-Palestinian hijackers seized an Air France flight that was en route to Israel. 250 passengers were on board and most were Jewish or Israeli citizens.

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The Congo needs our challenging voice

By Rabbi Colin Eimer and Rabbi David Mitchell, June 10, 2011

Later this month is National Refugee Week. But Jews should not need a special week in order to reflect on the experiences of our own families as they fled from Nazi persecution. Millions, sadly, were not among those lucky few.

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Bob Geldof on Israeli aid to Africa

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011
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Singer and anti-poverty camapigner Bob Geldof discusses Israeli aid efforts in Africa at the "Israeli Involvement in Africa: Past, Present and Future" conference in Herzliya.

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On this day: Operation Solomon

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

In one of the most impressive rescue missions in history, Israel achieved what seemed impossible. In a day, as Jews around the world celebrated Shavuot, more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel, the country they had long hoped to see.

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Tunisian Jews cut Lag B'Omer festivities over security fears

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

Security concerns have led to the cancellation of the main part of an annual Tunisian Jewish pilgrimage for the first time in 20 years.

Tunisian Jews have long marked Lag B'Omer with a mass visit to the historic El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba.

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