YEMEN AND MOROCCO CULTURAL AGREEMENT REQUESTS – URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

YEMEN AND MOROCCO CULTURAL AGREEMENT REQUESTS - URGENT CALL TO ACTION!
October 8, 2019 The Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State has been signing Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) agreements with foreign governments that blockade the entry of cultural property to the USA and deny Jews and Christians from Arab countries the rights to their historic heritage. Through the MOU process, our government is transferring ownership of confiscated Jewish property to various Arab governments that expelled or forced their Jewish populations to flee antisemitic persecution under duress. Despite the protestations of Jewish communal organizations, including; ADL: The Anti-Defamation League, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, B’nai Brith
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Introducing: JIMENA’s Journey to the Mizrah Curriculum

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Since our founding, the core of JIMENA’s mission has been to educate students, of all ages, on the heritage and history of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews. Each year, we receive a high volume of requests for support and leadership in designing and implementing Sephardic and Mizrahi programs in Jewish educational settings throughout the United States. As a lean organization with a small staff, we ambitiously meet every request for content, information and leadership at a demanding pace. In 2016, The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco recognized our work as a local leader in bringing rich educational and cultural content
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Sephardic and Mizrahi Communal Response to the Proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum of California’s Department of Education

Sephardic and Mizrahi Communal Response to the Proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum of California’s Department of Education
In 2016, the State of California passed legislation, AB 2016, requiring the State Board of Education to adopt an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for high school students. Unfortunately, the proposed model curriculum completely ignores the experiences of American Jews, promotes a boycott of Israel, and ignores antisemitism.
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Call to Action – California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Call to Action - California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
August 4, 2019 In 2016, the State of California passed legislation, AB 2016, requiring the State Board of Education to adopt an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for high school students. Unfortunately, the proposed model curriculum completely ignores the experiences of American Jews, promotes a boycott of Israel, and ignores antisemitism. Furthermore, in conflict with its stated guidelines, the Model Curriculum erases the histories, voices, and experiences of American minority communities from the Middle East and North Africa – including those of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews. The Time to Respond is NOW! Residents of California have until Friday, August 15th to
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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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