Refugees

Al Qaeda and ice create refugee hell in Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 19, 2013

As Syria’s civil war drags on towards its fourth year without an end in sight, the plight of over two million refugees has worsened as the region faces its most bitter winter in living memory.

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Knesset 'infiltrators law': Migrants’ ‘open’ detention

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

The Knesset passed on Tuesday an amended version of the “infiltrators law” that was struck down by the Supreme Court three months ago. A new detention centre for African migrants was due to open by the weekend in the Negev not far from the Egyptian border.

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Do British Jews have a duty to welcome new immigrants?

November 22, 2013

JC readers have their say

David Finlay, member of Alyth Reform Synagogue

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Helping asylum seekers

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

A Manchester Reform congregant with “Muslim ‘grandchildren’ who are refugees” has urged support for a new branch of a Jewish charity assisting refugees and asylum seekers from around the world.

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Time to recognise Kurds are victims of genocide, too

By Martin Bright, October 10, 2013

In August, the Prime Minister gave an interesting response to a question from the campaigning Harlow MP, Robert Halfon, about intervention in Syria.

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Israelis giving a lifeline to fear-ridden refugees

By Adi Schwartz, September 13, 2013

Mona decided to flee her native city of Homs when teachers in the school she ran started to disappear.

One after another, they were abducted by militia forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and Mona figured she might be next.

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Jewish groups to fund Syrian refugee programme

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

For the first time since the Syrian civil war broke out over two years ago, Jewish aid groups are about to help its refugees.

A coalition of humanitarian organisations headed by the Jewish Distribution Committee (JDC) is planning to finance welfare programmes for children in the refugee camp of Zaatari in Jordan.

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Annual date to remember Jews from Arab countries approved

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Jews who fled persecution in Arab countries have been formally recognised by Israeli legislators.

A new law, approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, has made February 17 an annual date in the Israeli calendar to remember the 850,000 refugees.

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Signing up for refugees

June 24, 2013

Marking Refugee Week, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality is trying to get at least 1,000 signatures for its “No way to live” petition in support of asylum seekers’ rights.

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When we did not do enough

By Michael Freedland, June 21, 2013

One of the most interesting things about the coverage of Margaret Thatcher's death was the revelation that her father, Alderman Roberts of Grantham, took in a Jewish refugee girl and gave her a new life. The story was similar to that of the Attenboroughs - the parents of Richard and David - who provided a home for two German Jewish girls who arrived here on the Kindertransport.

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