During Passover this week, Jews all over the world are re-telling the story of their Exodus from Egypt. Unfortunately that story remains all too relevant today, as the world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Approximately 60 million refugees from war and persecution around the world are seeking safety and a better life, just as many of our ancestors did. ADL has teamed up with the Creative Action Network to invite artists all over the world to illustrate refugee stories from across time and geography.
A new ADL report shows that white supremacist prison gangs are on the rise, with growing membership and increased activism both behind bars and on the street. The report provides a first-of-its-kind inventory of white supremacist groups by state and prison system, and recommends a number of steps the Justice Department can take to track violent prison gangs and the number of crimes carried out by racist inmates at both the federal and state level.
"This is the first time we’ve had students representing three different faiths. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn about each other and see they’re not so different. Hatred is a learned behavior. These kinds of events can change the course of how people can think about each other."
Evan Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director, from an interview with the Manhattan Times at an Interfaith Seder with Catholic, Jewish and Muslim middle school students.
Mr. Greenblatt reminds us of the story of the Exodus from Egypt and why we need to have compassion for those fleeing brutality today. “The Passover story is the story of people fleeing slavery,” he writes. “It is the refugee story.”
Access ADL Blog, April 21, 2016
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