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The Discovery and Rescue of Iraqi Jews’ Patrimony in Baghdad. Will It Now Be Lost?

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The Discovery and Rescue of Iraqi Jews’ Patrimony in Baghdad. Will It Now Be Lost?



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Protagonists of ‘Remember Baghdad’ feel Jews have ‘unfinished business’ in Iraq

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Protagonists of ‘Remember Baghdad’ feel Jews have ‘unfinished business’ in Iraq

By Eliana Rudee/JNS  When thinking of the words “refugee” and “Middle East,” many displaced groups come to mind. But few know that some of the original refugees of the region were a million Middle Eastern and North African Jews whose history often entails hangings, imprisonment and finding refuge in Israel.  The critically acclaimed documentary “Remember […]

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Iraqi Jews Speaking Up to Preserve Their Heritage

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Iraqi Jews Speaking Up to Preserve Their Heritage

by Fiyaz Mughal Jewish history in Iraq has been documented as far back as 2,500 years to Babylonian Times and few know that Iraqi Jews played a role in the Independence movement of Iraq in the last century. From influencing the development of culture, learning, reading and writing, Iraqi Jews had always been part of […]

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Help Preserve Judaeo-Arabic

| י׳ בתמוז ה׳תשע״ז (04/07/2017) | 0 Comments
Help Preserve Judaeo-Arabic

University of Haifa Mother Tongue Project aimed at preserving pieces of our linguistic heritage. The phenomenon of language death is not unique to the Jewish people. The loss of languages and cultures is a global concern, and many national and international projects worldwide are dedicated to addressing it. However, regarding Jewish languages, most of whose […]

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Iraqi Jews – Preserving a Rich Heritage

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Iraqi Jews – Preserving a Rich Heritage

by Sharon Kanon (WZPS) It is hard to imagine what it must have been like to take a stroll down a street in Baghdad, or sit on the shores of the Tigris or Euphrates. It is also hard to imagine that Iraq, formerly Babylon, was once home to a flourishing and fiercely Zionistic Jewish community […]

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Arabic has a Jewish dialect, and these women speak it

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Arabic has a Jewish dialect, and these women speak it

Public Radio International tells us the unlikely story of the near-death and cultural revival of Judeo-Arabic.      Alina Simone tracked down three Judeo-Arabic speakers in Montreal. They arrived there decades ago, following their exodus from Iraq (with a few stops elsewhere along the way). All three grew up speaking an Iraqi variant of this Jewish-tinged Arabic. […]

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The vanished Iraqi Jews

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The vanished Iraqi Jews

by Joseph Samuels I was born in “Taht El Takia” in the Jewish quarter of the old city of Baghdad in December of 1930. My mother tongue is Arabic. My education included the Islamic culture and history. Baghdad was my home and Iraq was my only country. I am 84 years old. On May 6, […]

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Custody battle over rare Iraqi-Jewish historical documents

| י״ח באלול ה׳תשע״ה (02/09/2015) | 0 Comments
Custody battle over rare Iraqi-Jewish historical documents

by Tom Tugend |     On May 6, 2003, 16 American soldiers of a special unit searching for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction entered the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters in Baghdad. While the soldiers found no nuclear or chemical arms, they did discover 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents […]

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Long Island Jews Unite To Keep Artifacts Seized From Saddam Hussein’s Police

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Long Island Jews Unite To Keep Artifacts Seized From Saddam Hussein’s Police

Treasures, Including Torahs, Dating 500 Years Supposed To Be Returned To Iraq March 17, 2014 6:36 PM These artifacts were seized by the U.S. in the headquarters of Saddam Hussein’s police Iraq a decade ago. (Photo: CBS 2)  (CBS NewYork) Thousands of Jewish artifacts found in Iraq a decade ago have been restored and are […]

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Return of Jewish artifacts to Iraq sparks outrage

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Return of Jewish artifacts to Iraq sparks outrage

By Dan Pine Who is the rightful owner of a stunning collection of Iraqi Judaica known as the Iraqi Jewish Archives: the descendants of that country’s exiled Jewish community now living in the United States, or the Iraq government that stole the material from its Jewish population in the first place? That is the question […]

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Don’t Return the Iraqi Jewish Archive

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Don’t Return the Iraqi Jewish Archive

by Joe Samuels My Arabic name is Yusuf Sasson Shumail. I was born in Taht Al Takia, in the old city of Baghdad, Iraq on December 31,1930. In 1941, I survived the anti-Jewish pogrom, known as the Farhud.  During the Farhud, which happened during the holy Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Baghdad’s Jewish population came under the […]

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The Iraqi Jewish Archive, as it became known, is both proud and pitiful.

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The Iraqi Jewish Archive, as it became known, is both proud and pitiful.

By Alex Joffe  To whom do antiquities belong? Are they the property of modern states, current proprietors of the real estate where they were created, however many centuries or millennia ago? Do they belong to the descendants of those who created them, to the extent these can be identified? Or are they somehow the heritage […]

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