March 6, 2014
Re "Disillusionment over South Sudan," March 1 South Sudan's recent descent into violence brings to light the dangers of premature American disengagement from countries burdened by conflict. U.S. leaders and diplomats spent years ending two decades of war between the Sudanese government and an independence movement in South Sudan, investing significant time, energy and resources to forge a peace agreement, support a popular referendum and create an independent South Sudan. Our government hailed the outcome as a great victory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2006 |
John Fishel, president of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, stepped to the front of a synagogue in Agoura Hills on a recent Friday evening and, after wishing the congregation "Shabbat Shalom," spoke of Darfur. He told of the anguish he witnessed at a refugee camp there. Of the thousands of people he saw living in the open, under tarpaulins. Of how there's little water for drinking and none for hygiene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2004 |
As Jews entered the High Holy Days this week in the midst of reports of genocide in Sudan, one of the nation's leading rabbis is exhorting Jews to make good a vow born out of the ashes of the Holocaust: "Never again!" The appeal by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino may sound more like a theme for Yom Hashoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day -- than for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which began at sundown Wednesday.
August 28, 2007
Re "Jewish group recognizes Armenian genocide," Aug. 23 I hope Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman will reconsider Rabbi Hillel's summary of the Bible: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary." There can be no adequate justification for such a blatant, calculated half-measure in response to any genocide.
May 5, 2006
Re "Thousands Rally to Stop the Violence in Darfur," May 1 The number of deaths in the Darfur genocide cited in the article is inaccurate and discounts the murder of hundreds of thousands of people. The Times refers to the figure of "more than 180,000" deaths having occurred since the beginning of this genocide. That number is based on outdated U.N. figures released in March 2005. Even at that time, that figure represented only the number of people who had died from disease and malnutrition; it failed to include people who had suffered violent deaths or those killed across the border in Chad, even though those deaths were also caused by the Sudanese government and the janjaweed militia it supports.
November 18, 2008
Re "When mass rape turns into genocide," Opinion, Nov. 13 David Scheffer is correct. The International Criminal Court must include the crime of rape as genocide in its long-anticipated arrest warrant for Sudan's president, Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir. The threat of these arrest warrants has finally caused a change in the status quo, after six years of genocide. Recognizing that rape is a tool of genocide sends a clear message that rape is a crime that diminishes humanity as a whole.