I just received this e-mail from my good friend Ian Cooper, a student at Pardes in Jerusalem:
Many of you know that I’ve been in Israel since September studying at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies.
I’ve also been volunteering with Atzum’s Task Force on Human Trafficking here in Israel. We have just created a new website (www.tfht.org) for information about human trafficking here in Israel and how you can help.
One of the things we are trying to do is to get Jews throughout the world to sign our online petition (and especially our petitions for rabbis) to demand that the Israeli government take greater action to stop this problem. Unfortunately, with over 3000 trafficked women here, Israel is one of the worst destination countries in the world for human trafficking (despite recent improvements).
Please help Israel become a place which fulfills the commandment:
“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt (Ex.23:20).”
Petition for Rabbis
Please feel free to peruse the website and find out other ways to get involved – and of course, forward this to your Jewish friends and rabbis and ask them to sign the petition!
Thank you all so much!