Brave Iraqis get awards for advocating ‘normalisation’

Brave Iraqis get awards for advocating 'normalisation'
Point of No Return Two Iraqis have recently been honoured for advocating normal relations between Iraq and Israel. The World Jewish Congress meeting in the US chose Iraqi ex-MP Mithal al-Alusi to receive its Jan Karski award, named after a member of the wartime Polish resistance who tried to warn Franklin D Roosevelt of the Holocaust befalling European Jewry. Sarah Idan will be awarded a prize by UN Rights watch at a ceremony in Geneva on 13 June. Both individuals have suffered for their brave stance: Mithal al-Alusi 's two sons were assassinated and he was warned that his
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‘Deal of the century’ must address Jewish refugee issue

‘Deal of the century’ must address Jewish refugee issue
By David Dangoor (June 2, 2019 / JNS) It can be argued that before there can be peace, there must be truth, justice and reconciliation. Perhaps nowhere is this more relevant than with regard to the over 100-year-old Israeli-Arab conflict. In an article titled “Resolution 242: After 20 Years,” the late Arthur J. Goldberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and one of the chief drafters of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, argued that when the resolution used the term “refugees” it “refers to both Arab and Jewish refugees.” Resolution 242 has formed the basic foundation of all peace talks and
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Bias Against Sephardim Tests Jewish Unity

Bias Against Sephardim Tests Jewish Unity
By GARY ROSENBLAT May 15, 2019, 9:36 am   The New York Jewish Week Matti Friedman, the award-winning Israeli journalist and author, says he chose to write his latest book about a small group of Arabic-speaking Jewish spies in pre-1948 Israel for two reasons. It makes for “a great yarn,” he told an audience of more than 400 people at a May 6 forum sponsored by The Jewish Week in partnership with UJA-Federation of New York, Natan and the host Park Avenue Synagogue. On a deeper level, the book highlights the too-often underplayed role of Mizrahim — Jews from Arab and Islamic
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Rashida Tlaib Has Her History Wrong

Rashida Tlaib Has Her History Wrong
Benny Morris Authorof 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War The Atlantic On Friday, Representative Rashida Tlaib was attacked by President Donald Trump for a “horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust” and for having “tremendous hatred of … the Jewish people.” Trump’s off-base attack distracted from the actual problems with Tlaib’s account of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in which she deployed deliberately imprecise language, misleading her listeners about the early history of the conflict in Palestine and misrepresenting its present and possible future. Tlaib told the hosts of the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery that when she remembers the Holocaust,
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Documentary unravels history — and digital future — of mysterious Cairo Geniza

Documentary unravels history — and digital future — of mysterious Cairo Geniza
By RENEE GHERT-ZAND16 May 2019, Times of Israel In 1896, Cambridge University scholar Solomon Schechter jumped down into the dusty, insect-infected room-size geniza in the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat (Cairo), Egypt. With that leap, Schechter opened an incredible window into the life of Jews in the medieval era. With the approval of the then-chief rabbi of Cairo, Schechter removed the majority of the hundreds of thousands of document fragments from Jews from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean that had been preserved in the synagogue’s geniza, a storage area for sacred documents awaiting burial. Those he brought back with him
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No, Israel isn’t a country of privileged and powerful white Europeans

No, Israel isn’t a country of privileged and powerful white Europeans
By HEN MAZZIG MAY 20, 2019 LA Times Along with resurgent identity politics in the United States and Europe, there is a growing inclination to frame the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in terms of race. According to this narrative, Israel was established as a refuge for oppressed white European Jews who in turn became oppressors of people of color, the Palestinians. As an Israeli, and the son of an Iraqi Jewish mother and North African Jewish father, it’s gut-wrenching to witness this shift. I am Mizrahi, as are the majority of Jews in Israel today. We are of Middle Eastern and North
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Palestinian anti-Semitism spilled over into the Arab world

Palestinian anti-Semitism spilled over into the Arab world
COLUMN THE SEPHARDI PERSPECTIVE LYN JULIUS May 14, 2019. JNS (May 14, 2019 / JNS) The Jewish world is justifiably in an uproar over comments made over the weekend by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). In an act of monumental chutzpah, Tlaib has made the claim that the Palestinians helped create “a safe haven” for Jews fleeing the Holocaust—a thought, she said, that gave her a “kind of calming feeling.” Scholars and journalists have rebutted her revisionism by drawing attention to the  pivotal role the the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, played in Arab politics, to the Arab-Nazi alliance he
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US to donate additional $500K to restore tomb of biblical prophet Nahum in Iraq

US to donate additional $500K to restore tomb of biblical prophet Nahum in Iraq
1,500-year-old building was for centuries the site of a major Kurdish Jewish pilgrimage every Shavuot
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Where Do Mizrahi Jews Fit Into Holocaust Remembrance?

Where Do Mizrahi Jews Fit Into Holocaust Remembrance?
As a Mizrahi Israeli, I have always had a complicated relationship with the Holocaust.
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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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