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In Exile, Iraqi Jews Are Desperate To Reclaim Their Artifacts

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In Exile, Iraqi Jews Are Desperate To Reclaim Their Artifacts

by Talia Zax Shortly after the Iraqi Jewish Archive was found, Doris Hamburg, then director of preservation programs at the National Archives, and Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, then the National Archives’ chief of conservation, were brought to Iraq to assess the archive’s condition. The materials had been stored in 27 metal trunks packed into a freezer […]

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The Last Relics Of Iraq’s Jewish Past Are In America. Should They Be Returned?

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The Last Relics Of Iraq’s Jewish Past Are In America. Should They Be Returned?

by Talya Zax On a leafy parkway in the Jamaica section of Queens, there is a house that is no longer a house. It’s one of New York’s two Iraqi synagogues: Bene Naharayim. The building doubles, in some ways, as a museum. The sanctuary houses 18 Torahs kept in elaborately decorated wooden cases known as […]

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The Iraqi Jewish Archive Could Reshape Foreign Policy. But Its Future Is Uncertain

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The Iraqi Jewish Archive Could Reshape Foreign Policy. But Its Future Is Uncertain

by: Talya Zax   Iraqi Jews are sure the Iraqi Jewish Archive belongs to them, and they’re determined to get it back. Meanwhile, Iraq is holding firm to the claim that it owns the archive, which it sees as an important commemoration of a rich past destroyed by Saddam Hussein. I asked Iraq’s ambassador to […]

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The Iraqi Jewish Archive is stolen property that should go back to its original owners

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The Iraqi Jewish Archive is stolen property that should go back to its original owners

By Carole Basri and David Dangoor, In the preamble to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, it says that “damage to cultural property belonging to any people whatsoever means damage to the cultural heritage of all mankind, since each people makes its contribution to the […]

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A Tragic Anniversary: The End of Jewish Life in Libya

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A Tragic Anniversary: The End of Jewish Life in Libya

 by David Harris   A classroom in a Benghazi synagogue before World War II. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Fifty-one years ago this month, the world was transfixed by the Six Day War raging between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The war was triggered by genocidal threats from Cairo and Damascus to annihilate the Jewish state, troop […]

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Iraqi Jews, Al Jazeera and Theft

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Iraqi Jews, Al Jazeera and Theft

 by Lyn Julius, author of UPROOTED: How 3,000 years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight After taking control of Baghdad from Saddam Hussein, US troops discovered what came to be called the Iraqi-Jewish archive in the waterlogged basement of the Iraqi secret police headquarters.  This priceless collection of Jewish books and documents was shipped to the […]

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Victimized Again: The Jews of Arab States and the June 1967 War

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Victimized Again: The Jews of Arab States and the June 1967 War

Much has been written about the historical marginalization of the 900,000 Jews expelled from Arab states in the wake of the 1948 War. Few know that the June 1967 War played a similar role in accelerating the final demise of these historic communities. It is high time the international community rectified this longstanding injustice by […]

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US State Department Decision To Return Jewish Artifacts to Iraq is Bad Idea

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US State Department Decision To Return Jewish Artifacts to Iraq is Bad Idea

The Zionist Organization of America Opposes the Tillerson/State Department Decision to “Return” to Iraq the Jewish Artifacts that Iraq Stole from Iraq’s Dispossessed Jewish Community. The Tillerson State Department’s statement last week that it will “return” to the Iraqi government the thousands of Jewish holy and secular objects, representing thousands of years of Iraqi-Jewish culture, […]

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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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Jews who lived in Arab lands were NOT just fine! Jews in Yemen

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Jews who lived in Arab lands were NOT just fine! Jews in Yemen

by Marilyn Herman It tends to be asserted – and has been for decades – generally by those who oppose Israel, that Jews who lived in Arab lands were just fine – that there were no problems between Arabs and Jews before the State of Israel was established. This assertion is made with absolutely no […]

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What should be the Jewish share of the Ottoman Empire?

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What should be the Jewish share of the Ottoman Empire?

June 30, 2017, 11:47 pm Judy Weleminsky   What should be the Jewish share of the Ottoman Empire? Does that seem like rather a strange question? Maybe that’s just because it hasn’t been asked before. When the Ottoman Empire crumbled the land was divvied up and new Middle East countries such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, […]

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The Farhoud Remembered

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The Farhoud Remembered

Seventy-six years after the mass massacre of the Baghdad Jews, in which the then-leader of the Palestinian Arabs, Hajj Amin Husseini, was deeply involved, his heirs to the Palestinian leadership still sustain an anti-Israel and anti-Jewish campaign of racial and political incitement unparalleled in scope and intensity since Nazi Germany. By Dr. Edy Cohen    […]

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