Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees

Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees
By Jennifer Peltz. December 3, 2019. AP News UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century, its U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly that he plans to propose a resolution about what he called “the ‘forgotten’ Jewish refugees.” “We don’t hear the international community speak of them when they discuss the refugees of the conflict, perhaps because it doesn’t serve the Palestinian narrative,” Danon said, accusing the international community of taking a one-sided approach
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Arab states are claiming the heritage of their expelled Jews

Arab states are claiming the heritage of their expelled Jews
Lyn Julius. November 26/JNS The international community’s wish to prevent the looting of ancient artifacts is understandable, but shouldn't apply in the case of the Middle East’s persecuted Jewish communities. (November 26, 2019 / JNS) On or around Nov. 30, Jewish communities around the world will be holding events to remember the mass exodus of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. Almost a million people were displaced in the past 50 years, leaving billions of dollars’ worth of property behind. Not only have Arab governments never compensated Jews for their stolen homes and businesses, they are waging a pernicious
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Take Action: Sign Petition to Protect Jewish Cultural Property

Take Action: Sign Petition to Protect Jewish Cultural Property
Despite the protestations of the American Jewish Community, the U.S, government continues to sign cultural property agreements which transfer ownership of confiscated Jewish communal and private property to Arab governments. The U.S Department of State is currently considering MOU Cultural Property Agreement requests from Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. Join us to demand the U.S. consider the rights and requests of Jews and religious minorities from the Middle East and North Africa before signing any further agreement. Since 2003, the US Department of State and various government agencies and leaders have led initiatives that officially recognize Arab governments cultural
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Yemen claims ownership of Jewish artifacts smuggled out of the country

Yemen claims ownership of Jewish artifacts smuggled out of the country
By Eben Brown | Fox News Watch the latest video at foxnews.com A century ago, Yemen boasted one of the largest Jewish populations in the world. But wars, terrorism, and violence targeting this minority forced most of them to flee for their lives, with many settling in the United States or Israel. When Jews fled Yemen, they took along their highly-valued religious items and artifacts. One such item is a Torah Scroll, believed to be hundreds of years old, that was smuggled out of Yemen to Israel by the family of Manny Dahari. Dahari's family has owned the scroll for
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Sudan’s lost Jewish community – in pictures

Sudan's lost Jewish community - in pictures
BBC. October 21, 2019 A recent call by a minister in Sudan's new government for Jewish people to return to the country and reclaim citizenship has shone a light on a small but once-thriving community. Oral historian Daisy Abboudi, herself descended from Sudanese Jews, has been talking to members of the community and collecting their photographs. David Gabra can still remember the exact date he left Sudan. "Twenty fifth of May 1965," he said with certainty when talking about his departure. At that time, things were getting increasingly difficult for Jewish people because of growing anti-Semitism. "There was chaos... I
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Mizrahi Heritage Month for College Students & Young Adults

Mizrahi Heritage Month for College Students & Young Adults
For the last ten years, JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, a San Francisco based non-profit, has provided a range of immersive Sephardic and Mizrahi cultural experiences for college students and young adults throughout the United States. Our culturally rich content serves as an access point for young adults to engage in meaningful programs that reflect the growing Jewish diversity in our communities. We are proud to offer programs and activities that strengthen cultural continuity with Israel and the Middle East and engage young adults in the unique heritage and histories of Middle Eastern and North
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Israel makes suffering of Mizrahi Jews in Holocaust a mandatory subject

Israel makes suffering of Mizrahi Jews in Holocaust a mandatory subject
Ynet Tamar Trabelsi-Hadad|Published:  08.15.19 , 14:58 The fate of Jews living in North Africa under Nazi occupation will be a mandatory chapter in the history matriculation exam in Israeli schools starting in the next school year. In addition, the subject of European Jewry during the Holocaust will also be reinstated. The move comes four years after the subject of the Holocaust has been removed from the school curriculum. The removal was part of a proposal by former Education Minister Shai Piron, which was later rectified by another former Education Minister Naftali Bennett.
Piron’s proposal included teachers being allowed to assign
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Israeli group searches for Arabs with Jewish ancestors

Israeli group searches for Arabs with Jewish ancestors
Mordechai Goldman August 2, 2019 Al-Monitor An Israeli online campaign in Arabic has been a surprising success. The campaign, which was launched just before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which started on June 8, encourages Muslims with Jewish roots according to Jewish law to return to Judaism. This unusual and unprecedented effort was launched by the group Yad L’Achim, which describes itself as doing everything so that "we do not give up even on a single Jew." The organization fights against "missionary activities," loss of identity and assimilation of Jews, seeking instead instilling Jewish values. According to Jewish law, a person’s
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Pattern of Abuse: Iraqi Jewish Archives and MOUs

Pattern of Abuse: Iraqi Jewish Archives and 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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Former Deputy Mossad Chief Who Helped Bring Iranian Jews to Israel Dies at 88

Navot in Iraq
Menahem Navot's career spanned 40 years, and included extracting the last Israelis from Tehran during the Islamic Revolution Ofer Aderet , Haaretz. July 20, 2019 Former deputy chief of the Mossad, Menahem Navot, died Saturday at the age of 88. Navot’s career spanned 40 years and included involvement in bringing the Jews of Iraq to Israel and the dramatic extraction of the last Israelis from Tehran at the end of the 1970s. Born Menahem Lipovetzky in Herzliya in 1931, a descendent of the Vilna Gaon, Navot received his first intelligence assignment at age 14: His handlers in the Haganah’s intelligence
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