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Maryland Hillel hosts Passover Seder highlighting issues with immigrant, refugee rights

By Nick Albicocco For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   Maryland Hillel hosted a “Freedom Seder” Tuesday night, which served as a unique seder that allowed students to discuss immigrants’ and refugees’ rights and how these modern-day issues relate to the events that led to Passover. While the event was sparse in attendance, with ...

Holocaust survivor who found safety in China reflects on her journey to America

By Spencer Dobkin For Mitzpeh @Spencer_Dobkin   At first glance, Ilse Jacobs is like any normal 86-year-old living in Delray Beach, Florida: She lives near her family, goes on cruises and hates the snow up north. But Jacobs’ story is not like others, even though she did move south, and definitely hates snow. Jacobs is from ...

Israel can’t afford to jail thousands African refugees. But that’s the threat if they don’t leave the country.

By Mitzpeh staff @Mitzpeh Over the past few years, Israel has been the refuge of tens of thousands of African migrants. After fleeing their homes due to war, military drafts and poverty, amongst other reasons, these refugees are now faced with deportation by the Israeli government. Given the options of $3,500 and a free one-way flight ...

Refugees revisited: resettlement in the Trump era

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD In November 2015, I wrote a piece on the question of the Syrian refugee resettlement program and what American policy should be, moving forward after the terror attacks in Paris. In that piece, I asserted that “even with the intensive screening process put in place by Congress already, there is no way ...

Students march on campus to express solidarity with refugees, immigrants

By Jack Wisniewski Staff writer @jaywizzywizard Holding a sign embellished with barbed wire, senior English major Aiyah Sibay led a crowd of over 200 people in protests in front of McKeldin Library Wednesday afternoon. “When refugees are under attack, what do we do? Stand up; fight back,” chanted Sibay, the vice president of Students for ...

Human rights advocate Jacqueline Isaac speaks to UMD students on problems facing Middle Eastern community

By Senaya Savir Staff writer @SenayaSavir   On Nov. 17, human rights advocate Jacqueline Isaac visited Van Munching Hall to discuss a nonprofit organization she co-founded, as well as her input on the current refugee crisis and her own personal experiences visiting minority communities in the Middle East. “What is happening ...

Post-Paris: Americans not safe, must protect country

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD Terrorism is a tricky force to fight. In the age of technology, when a coordinated attack on a major western city can be organized through the chat feature on the PlayStation 4 server, what can we do to fight it? The attacks in Paris, as tragic as they were, are indicative of a larger trend of ...