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Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel?

Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel? Categories: International Jewry, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

Despite being delayed several times before, Iraqi Kurdistan is now set to vote in an independence referendum on 25 September 2017. The Kurdish people are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, at approximately 30 million people. They speak "various dialects of their own language, Kurdi

Letter from a Forgotten Jew

Letter from a Forgotten Jew Categories: International Jewry, Middle East     Author: David Harris

I am a forgotten Jew. My roots are nearly 2,600 years old, my ancestors made landmark contributions to world civilisation, and my presence was felt from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent - but I barely exist today. You see, I am a Jew from the Arab world.

Essay: Inside the Gilded Cage

Essay: Inside the Gilded Cage Categories: International Jewry, Iran     Author: Annika Hernroth-Rothstein

The advantages the Jews experienced under the rule of the Shah - high socioeconomic status, strong ties to Israel and the United States - became liabilities in the age of the Ayatollahs. As in many other dark eras in Jewish history, the Jews were accused of stealing the country's treasures, and flye

The Last Word: Family ties

The Last Word: Family ties Categories: China, Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

It was mid-afternoon, mid-Ramadan. Other than one sleeping traveller, and a handful of workers, the mosque complex in Kaifeng, Central China, was deserted. It was an eerily quiet place in an otherwise bustling, noisy city. I had come to the mosque with an energetic, enthusiastic member of one of th

China's Quest for Jewish "Secrets"

China's Quest for Jewish "Secrets" Categories: China, International Jewry     Author: James Ross

During my first trip to China in the summer of 1985, I visited English Corner in People's Park in Shanghai one Sunday afternoon. It's one of the places where young Chinese people used to practise their English with visiting foreigners. Officials from the university where I was teaching in Shanghai e

Voices of Dialogue and Hope

Voices of Dialogue and Hope Categories: Antisemitism, Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This June the American Jewish Committee (AJC) hosted its annual Global Forum conference in Washington DC, bringing together leaders and commentators to grapple with the defining challenges of our time in Jewish and Israel affairs - including rising antisemitism, the anti-Israel boycott, prospects fo

The Last Word: Call to Action

The Last Word: Call to Action Categories: Antisemitism, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

On 19 May 2015, we lost a giant of academia, world Jewry and the fight against antisemitism.Professor Robert Wistrich, who mixed knowledge with wisdom and research with passionate advocacy, suffered a fatal heart attack. Less than a week earlier he had delivered a powerful address to the Fifth Glob

Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows Categories: China, International Jewry, Israel     Author: Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

"Do the Jews Really Control America?" asked one Chinese newsweekly headline in 2009. The factoids doled out in such articles and in books about Jews in China - for example: "The world's wealth is in Americans' pockets; Americans are in Jews' pockets" - would rightly be seen to be alarming in other c

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The Last Word: A+ for AIPAC

The Last Word: A+ for AIPAC Categories: International Jewry, United States     Author: Jeremy Jones

Some years ago, I was invited to attend the Annual Policy Conference of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. At that time, attendance was in the hundreds and the agenda narrowly focused. This year I returned to AIPAC as an invited speaker on the subject "Israel and Asia - New Fronti

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