HIAS in the News

HIAS Op-Ed in the Washington Jewish Week: Jewish Values, Refugees, Lost Opportunities

Posted on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Israel's ongoing policies toward the nearly 60,000 Africans seeking asylum from oppression and violence represent lost opportunities to demonstrate Jewish values to the world, argues HIAS' Mark Hetfield in his Washington Jewish Week Op-Ed.

Israel recently missed another chance to lead by example when the Knesset responded to Israel High Court's ruling to strike down detention provisions for asylum seekers by establishing camps that require check-ins three times a day, with violators moved to prisons.

Hetfield calls on the American


JPost Op-Ed from an American Jew in Israel

Posted on Thu, Jan 09, 2014 at 11:05 am

In light of recent strikes and demonstrations by African asylum seekers in Israel, Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg says that he “cannot bear to watch the moral travesty currently being inflicted on African migrants in the name of Israel and the Jewish people” in his recent op-ed in The Jerusalem Post.  

In his piece, Glassenberg mentions HIAS as one of the leading Jewish organizations raising concerns about the new amendment to Israel’s “Anti-Infiltration Law” which would enable the Israeli government


HIAS Op-Ed in the LA Times: Refugees and Kristallnacht

Posted on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 at 11:48 am

This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of kristallnacht—"night of broken glass"—when Nazis instigated an overnight rampage in which some 1,000 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses were destroyed in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia.

Mark Hetfield, HIAS' President & CEO, draws connection between that horrible event and refugee protection in an opinion piece published in today's Los Angeles Times.


When an Asylum Claim Is the Only Way to See a Judge

Posted on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 20:32 pm

HIAS' Mark Hetfield offers perspective on "credible-fear" asylum claims in his letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal. His letter was offered in response to an earlier article by Joel Millman.


A Congress of Immigrants

Posted on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 15:46 pm

Six members of the House of Representatives recently shared their family's immigration stories with the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. Strikingly, all six believe that under today's broken immigration system, their ancestors would not be able to come to the U.S. today. Learn more and read their stories.


Overly Broad U.S. Law Turns Away Syrian Refugees

Posted on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 16:06 pm

HIAS' Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy Melanie Nezer discusses how the U.S.'s "material support" law unfairly categorizes Syrian refugees as terrorists in this article from philly.com. The law applies even to those who provide non-violent aid—such as a "bowl of rice or a few dollars"—to the rebel groups that the U.S. is actively supporting.

Learn more about HIAS' work on this issue.


JTA Profiles Jewish Groups—Including HIAS—Aiding Syrian Refugees

Posted on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

HIAS recently was one of four groups allocated money by the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief to aid refugees fleeing Syria's two-year-old civil war. This JTA article discusses that coalition, as well as the other partnerships that have formed in the Jewish community in response to the Syrian crisis.

The Forward and JNS also have covered Jewish organizations' multifaceted approach to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.


HIAS Aids non-Jewish Refugees Around the World [video]

Posted on Wed, Sep 04, 2013 at 11:01 am

Jewish News One just posted this video profiling HIAS, discussing how HIAS assists refugees around the world—regardless of their religion. Mark Hetfield and former HIAS client Alina Fiskina talk about the impact HIAS makes, both on a global and individual level.


Strangers in Israel

Posted on Sun, Aug 04, 2013 at 9:57 am

Eric Schwartz, HIAS Board member and former State Department official, and HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield encourage Israel to take back its proud tradition of refugee protection in an op-ed published in today's Washington Post: "Strangers in Israel: The Netanyahu government is sending African refugees back into harm's way."


"If We Didn't Do It..."

Posted on Thu, Aug 01, 2013 at 15:15 pm

In response to its editorial calling for HIAS to consider "an orderly sunset," the Baltimore Jewish Times this week has two pieces outlining the continued need for the organization in the 21st century.

The first, "If We Didn't Do It..." profiles HIAS' impact on the Jewish community in Baltimore and beyond, and the second is an op-ed by HIAS President & CEO Mark Hetfield, "Because We Are Jewish," outlining HIAS' work today and how it continues to


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