New U.S. Act Could Protect Mid-East Jewish Cemeteries, Historical Property

New U.S. Act Could Protect Mid-East Jewish Cemeteries, Historical Property
JERUSALEM POST. BY OMRI NAHMIAS  APRIL 15, 2019 WASHINGTON – The United States may now be able to prevent the destruction of Jewish heritage sites in the Middle East and North Africa. Last week, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) introduced the Protecting US Heritage Abroad Act. The bipartisan legislation, cosponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R, TX-10) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D, FL-23) would extend the current mandate of the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad to include the Middle East and North Africa, and would provide access to protected cemeteries, monuments and buildings. The commission is led by Paul
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Jews are unsafe in Turkey and should leave now

Jews are unsafe in Turkey and should leave now
Turkey’s mercurial leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan took his diplomatic spat with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a new level on Wednesday when he implicitly threatened the well-being of Turkey’s already dwindling Jewish community.
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Between Iran And Zion: Jewish Histories Of Twentieth-Century Iran

Between Iran And Zion: Jewish Histories Of Twentieth-Century Iran
A result of the harsh rhetoric between Israel, the Jewish homeland, and Iran—especially since 1979—has been the masking of the fact that the largest Jewish community in the Middle East, outside of Israel, is the Iranian Jewish community.
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Decades after the Jews went into exile, some Arabs want them back

Decades after the Jews went into exile, some Arabs want them back
It is simply called “the villa”. Its white walls have no markings and an official permit is pending. For its founders, though, the low-key opening of the Arab world’s first new synagogue in generations signals the dawn of a Jewish revival.
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Three Antique Torahs Stolen from Synagogue in Tehran’s Jewish Ghetto

Three Antique Torahs Stolen from Synagogue in Tehran’s Jewish Ghetto
BY KARMEL MELAMED | MAR 20, 2019.
JEWISH JOURNAL Iranian Jewish community leaders in the U.S. have confirmed reports that on Feb. 28 three antique Torah scrolls were stolen by unknown thieves from the centuries-old Ezra Yagoub synagogue located inside Tehran’s Jewish ghetto. While the Iranian regime has not launched any official investigation into the incident and state-run media outlets have not reported on it, a statement released by the Los Angeles-based Iranian American Jewish Federation(IAJF) indicated that their organization is unaware of any specific motive behind the theft of the Torahs. “The Iranian American Jewish Federation is deeply concerned
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Opinion: Israel’s Secret Founding Fathers

Opinion: Israel’s Secret Founding Fathers
Everyone knows the name David Ben-Gurion. Why don’t we know about the spy Jamil Cohen?
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The revolution in my life: How Iranian upheaval changed everything for one Jewish family in Tehran

The revolution in my life: How Iranian upheaval changed everything for one Jewish family in Tehran
By ANNA M. KAPLAN FEB 21, 2019 | 5:00 AM
I can still remember sitting with my family in our home in Tehran, watching his arrival on our small TV. After a year marked by constant unrest, demonstrations in the streets, and riots ending with gunfire and bloodshed, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 14 years in exile, greeted by millions of supporters who had shown up to welcome him at the airport in Tehran. I was just 13 years old at the time, and while I realized the significance of the events taking place, I don't think I could have fully realized
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The Disappeared Children of Israel

The Disappeared Children of Israel
In the state of Israel’s early years, a number of parents in immigrant transit camps were told that their babies had died. Their families believe the babies were abducted by the Israeli authorities in the 1950s, and were illegally put up for adoption to childless Ashkenazi families, Jews of European descent. A younger generation is demanding answers. Photographs and Text by Malin Fezehai For New York Times ROSH HAAYIN, Israel — Ofra Mazor, 62, had been looking for her sister, Varda, for 30 years when she submitted her DNA samples to the Israeli genealogy company MyHeritagein 2017. Her mother, Yochevet, who is now deceased, said
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Syracuse University Called to Stop Offering Credits for Internships With BDS Group

Syracuse University Called to Stop Offering Credits for Internships With BDS Group
Syracuse University is being urged to cease granting college credits to students who intern with an activist group that promotes the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign. The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) is listed as one of 14 “internship sites” available to students majoring in Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, each of which offers three credits and a letter grade. By Shiri Moshe, the Algemeiner The calls come in the wake of a gathering hosted by the SPC’s Justice for Palestine Committee on January 22 at ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse, which was attended by more than two dozen people, among them Campus
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Magda: ‘my goal is to rehabilitate Jewish memory’

Magda: 'my goal is to rehabilitate Jewish memory'
Magda Haroun, the leader of the four-member Jewish community of Cairo, was in the US for a conference at the end of January. There she found time to answer questions from Viviane Levy at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.Later, she made a fundraising appeal at the University of Pennsylvania.  See comments below by Levana Zamir, head of the organisations representing Jews from Arab countries in Israel. From Point of No Return. Magda was with her colleague, Sammy Ibrahim, of the Association of the Drop of Milk, and Professor Yoram Meital, who is on a sabbatical at the
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