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Oct 30, 2017, 7:00 PM
Boris has misread the Balfour Declaration
The Balfour Declaration of 1917 demanded that a Jewish homeland in Palestine should not prejudice the rights and status of non-Jewish communities in Palestine. The British government, notably the foreign secretary Boris Johnson in a Daily Telegraph op-ed this week, has latched on to this...
Sep 23, 2017, 3:59 PM
Shmuel Moreh, guardian of Iraq’s Jewish memory, dies
Iraqi Jews in Israel and abroad are mourning the death, on the second day of the Jewish New Year, of Professor Shmuel Moreh, 85, emeritus professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Born Sami Muallem in 1932 in Baghdad’s upmarket...
Sep 8, 2017, 7:36 PM
Jerusalem eviction calumny spreads like wildfire
The story of the eviction of the Arab Shamasneh family from a house in Jerusalem’s Shimon Hatzaddik neighbourhood has spread like wildfire around the world (See here, here and here). The item was carried by countless Arab media and even the measured mainstream western press...
Aug 9, 2017, 11:56 AM
The murky world of the Aleppo Codex
It was back in 2008 when Matti Friedman, then a journalist with the Associated Press news agency, first wrote about the Aleppo Codex. This most ancient and precise version of the Hebrew bible, bound as a folio for ease of reference, was guarded by the...
Jun 29, 2017, 5:57 PM
Using language to advance politics
‘A language is a dialect with an army and navy’. How best do you delegitimise a nation whose existence you despise? The answer, according to Ella Shohat, an academic from New York University, is to downgrade a language to a dialect. Ella Shohat is the...
Jun 8, 2017, 12:09 PM
The forgotten 1967 rescue of the Jews of Aden
The 50th anniversary of the Six Day War is being commemorated with articles and TV programmes. But the impact on the remaining Jewish communities of the furious Arab reaction to their defeat has been almost completely forgotten. Take for instance, the rescue from murderous riots...
Jun 1, 2017, 12:40 PM
Farewell Salim Fattal, custodian of Farhud memory
Ever heard of Salim Fattal? Most Jews, especially those in the English-speaking world, will not recognise the name. But among the Jews of Iraq, Salim Fattal is a giant of a man. First and foremost, he will be remembered as the custodian of the memory...
May 8, 2017, 12:15 PM
Whom do you think you are kidding, Hamas?
Hamas (acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement) has released its new Charter, and some gullible press and media have hailed its ‘acceptance of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders’ as a sign of moderation. The Charter is couched in language acceptable to westerners. Gone...
Mar 4, 2017, 5:46 PM
Memoirs of a tennis-playing diplomat
I first encountered Zvi Gabay at a meeting of activists for justice for Jews from Arab countries. A genteel, thoughtful man, his memoir, From Baghdad to the Pathways of Diplomacy, reflects modesty and restraint. Typically, his memoir understates his tireless advocacy in newspapers and fora...
Jan 28, 2017, 3:43 PM
Freedom of thought goes on trial in France
A French historian is on trial for incitement for saying anti-Semitism has deep roots among Maghrebi immigrants
Lyn Julius is a journalist and co-founder of Harif, an association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa in the UK