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Yom Kippur Comes Early For AJWS

Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), is fasting this week to protest cuts to the U.S.’s humanitarian aid budget being voted on in Congress. Read More

By / March 28, 2011
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Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), is fasting this week to protest cuts to the U.S.’s humanitarian aid budget being voted on in Congress.

“I’m fasting to protest the injustice of reducing food aid by 41 percent and reducing support for agricultural development,” said AJWS president Ruth Messinger. “The timing couldn’t be worse: skyrocketing food prices are currently driving tens of millions of people in the developing world into poverty. Congress’s proposed budget cuts threaten lives. Not only will less food aid get to people who rely on it, but, ironically, those who do receive this meager aid may become dependent on it, because these budget cuts also threaten programs that support local agriculture and help people produce food on their own.”

Good for Ms. Messinger for standing up for what is right, and slimming up before she has to eat nothing but matzoh for Passover.