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Rabbis, the Navy wants you

washington (jta) | The Navy is looking for a few good rabbis. The Navy’s Chaplain Corps recently sent a letter asking for rabbis to make a three-year commitment to serve. The 11 “active-duty Navy rabbis serving from Okinawa to Italy, backed up by a handful of reservists, simply can’t do the job,” the letter said.

Refugee official counters Lantos

washington (jta) | The leader of one of the oldest U.S. refugee groups praised the work of the leading Palestinian refugee relief organization, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

Lavinia Limon, who heads the Immigration and Refugee Services of America, said UNRWA has “done a credible job of it for over 50 years.” Limon was reacting to Rep. Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo), who recently wrote a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling for a probe of the U.N. body that runs camps and services for Palestinian refugees.

Lantos accused UNRWA of fostering “a culture of anger and dependency that undermines both regional peace and the well-being of the camps’ inhabitants.”

Limon, whose group has run programs for refugees in the United States for 80 years, said Palestinian anger results from their status as refugees.