Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah
May 1 - 2, 2019 On this Holocaust Remembrance Day we honor the memories of the six-million Jews whose lives were brutally taken and the countless Jewish communities who were destroyed and then simply vanished. In these last fews years, second and third generation survivors from North Africa and the Middle East have have begun working to ensure the stories of their grandparents and great-grandparents are acknowledged and included in international efforts to commemorate victims of the Holocaust. This year in San Francisco, JIMENA partnered with זיכרון בסלון - Zikaron BaSalon to tell the stories of Tunisian Jews who lived
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Letter to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin Regarding Yemen Emergency Import Restrictions

Letter to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin Regarding Yemen Emergency Import Restrictions
In a letter to Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, JIMENA called on Secretary Mnuchin to rebuff those supporting, promoting and legitimizing Arab governments’ seizure of the property and patrimony of the Jewish people.
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Sephardic and Mizrahi Communal Response to Jewish Voice for Peace

Sephardic and Mizrahi Communal Response to Jewish Voice for Peace

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Save January 23, 2019 In a letter to Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), JIMENA, along with a coalition of Sephardic and Mizrahi synagogues and communal organizations called on JVP to remove all references to Mizrahi and Sephardic history in their organizational literature. January 23, 2019 We, the organizations and congregations listed below, represent Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities in countries around the world – including Israel. We are writing to express our denunciation with Jewish Voice for Peace’s (JVP) latest document, “Our Approach to Zionism”, which tokenizes, appropriates, revises and explicitly lies about Mizrahi and Sephardic history and experiences in
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Letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Regarding Cultural Property Agreements

Letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Regarding Cultural Property Agreements
In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, JIMENA called on Secretary Pompeo to encourage the State Department and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to explicitly recognize the rights of Jewish and minority heritage when negotiating future cultural property agreements with countries in North Africa and the Middle East.
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Iraqi Jewish Archive and MOUs Talking Points and Action Items

Iraqi Jewish Archive and MOUs Talking Points and Action Items
Take Action by writing op-eds, blog-entries and news articles! Talking points • During the 20th century, 850,000 indigenous Jews from the Middle East and North Africa were ethnically-cleansed or forced to emigrate without their assets or possessions. If you are a former Jewish refugee from an Arab country or Iran, or a descendent, your personal or familial story is the foundation of your personal argument. Please share your story in writing! • UN resolution 242 stated that Jews fleeing Arab lands were bona fide refugees under international law. Unfortunately, Arab governments have been indifferent to international law on this
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Algeria MOU testimonials submitted to U.S. Department of State

Algeria MOU testimonials submitted to U.S. Department of State
The Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the State Department will meet on July 31, 2018,to review an Memorandum of Understand (MOU) request from Algeria which would validate Algerian claims to confiscated Jewish property and heritage. Under the Cultural Property Implementation Act, our government has been signing similar MOUs – agreements between the US and foreign governments that blockade the entry of property to the USA. The MOUs claim to be about looting, but their broad scope and limited evidence of success suggests their real impact is providing a legal vehicle to legitimize foreign confiscations and wrongful ownership claims. Legitimate efforts
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Pattern of Abuse: Iraqi Jewish Archive & MOUs

Pattern of Abuse: Iraqi Jewish Archive & MOUs
Iraqi Jewish Archive (IJA) Background On May 6, 2003, just days after the Coalition forces took over Baghdad, 16 American soldiers, entered the flooded building of Saddam Hussein’s Intelligence agency the Mukhabarat. In the basement, under four feet of water, they found tens of thousands of books, artifacts and documents belonging to the Jewish community of Iraq – materials that had been seized from synagogues, schools and other and Jewish institutions. With limited treatment options in Baghdad, and with the agreement of the-then Iraqi Ministry of Culture and the US Department of State, the materials were shipped to the United
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An Evening of Iraqi-Jewish Culture

An Evening of Iraqi-Jewish Culture
The evening will begin with a buffet dinner of Israeli food, infused with Iraqi flair, and a film screening of The Dove Flyer: Farewell Baghdad.
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JIMENA President Receives “Ot Kavod” Award

JIMENA President Receives "Ot Kavod" Award
October 9, 2017 JIMENA Cofounder and President to Receive Prestigious Award from the Coalition of Organizations of Jews from Arab and Islamic Countries in Israel (San Francisco) This November, the Coalition of Organizations of Jews from Arab and Islamic Countries in Israel, will award Gina Bublil-Waldman, with an “Ot Kavod” award, or “Badge of Honor” for her contributions toward the Middle Eastern Jewish-Refugee Justice Movement. The award was initiated in 2016 to honor individuals whose work achieves the promotion of the rights, heritage and history of former Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. Last year the award
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Despite protests, State Department says it will return trove of Jewish artifacts to Iraq

Despite protests, State Department says it will return trove of Jewish artifacts to Iraq
A four-year extension to keep the Iraqi Jewish Archive in the U.S. is set to expire in September 2018, as is funding for maintaining and transporting the items. The materials will then be sent back to Iraq.
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