Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774
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When it comes to the bitter dispute over whether the deaths of more than a million Armenians at the hands of the Turks was, in fact, an act of genocide, Abraham Foxman has a simple message for American Jews: Butt out. The national director of the Anti-Defamation League gave an Oct. 11 talk at Temple Sholom in Broomall that dealt...
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Standing before a crowd of several hundred people on Independence Mall, Muhdy Bahradin described the destruction of a village in his native Darfur. He said that the raid on Surra, where a close friend of his lived, took place in the morning and began with a shower of bombs. It ended with the burning of huts and the fleeing of...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Many have argued that dividing the conflict-ridden Iraqi state into separate Kurdish, Sunni and Shi'ite zones -- something akin to a partition plan -- could quell the ongoing violence there. But according to Iranian dissident Alireza Jafarzadeh, such a strategy is doomed because it ignores the real problem at hand: the Islamic Republic of Iran. In a lecture last week,...
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The growing modernization of Bedouin culture in Israel
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
At first glance, Um Batin seems almost familiar. It's as if you've glimpsed something like it before, in a TV docudrama, on the glossy pages of National Geographic, as part of a news clip on CNN. It's part Middle Eastern, part African. It's part dust bowl, part fledgling village. It speaks of poverty, though there's a gentle mood to the...
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Ryan Teitman
In Iran, a country whose president recently held an international conference denying that the Holocaust ever occurred, a small Jewish community exists on the edge of society. Its members live in a state of tension between their faith and their deep-rooted ties to Persian culture. Mostly located in the larger cities of Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz, the Jews of Iran...
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