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Tunisians Embrace Israeli Song

Well, what do you know? An Israeli spoof becomes the ‘anthem’ of rebels trying to change Libya. Now a song written two years ago by Israeli singer Bezalel, the son of Tunisian Jews – all curly locks, bulging triceps and eyeliner – has found favour with Tunisians. Its name? Tunisia – of course. The pop […]

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Iran Secretly Executes Jewish-Armenian Couple

News has finally filtered out of Iran’s secret execution of an Iranian-Jewish woman and her Armenian (Orthodox Christian) husband. According to the Christian news agency Mohaba, it is not known what they were charged with. Relatives asking for the bodies to be returned for burial were threatened with arrest (with thanks: Janet): At dawn on […]

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MEMRI: In Egypt, Coptic Christian Assaulted By Muslim Extremists – Salafist gang cut off his ear

MEMRI: In Egypt, Coptic Christian Assaulted By Muslim Extremists – ‘In the village of Qana, in Upper Egypt, Coptic Christian teacher Ayman Anwar Metari was attacked by a Salafist gang that cut off his ear and wounded him in the head and body, while shouting religious slogans. The gang also burned his home and his […]

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Bahrain’s Unlikely Jewish Emissary: Huda Nonoo

This article by Sarah Breger in Moment magazine recycles much of what we already know about Huda Nonoo, Bahrain’s taciturn Jewish woman ambassador. The more the unrest grows, the less she says. The 36 Jews still living in Bahrain are undoubtedly loyal to their protector King Hamid al-Khalifa. If he falls, the Jews fall with […]

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‘In North Africa, there is no future for the Jews’

‘Move along, nothing to see here’ was the message from the leader of the Tunisian Jewish community, who insisted that Jews had not been targeted in the recent wave of unrest – in spite of arson at a synagogue. For her take, The Jewish Week interviewed Tunisian-born Sarah Taieb-Carlen (pictured), author of The Jews of […]

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Exiled Jews Seek Justice, Alongside Protesters

The upheavals sweeping Libya are opening up old wounds and awakening painful memories for Gina Waldman, but Libyan-born Jews like herself are still denied justice, let alone recognition. Article in J Weekly: I left Libya more than 42 years ago when the mobs were roaming the streets. They were not chanting for democracy or yearning […]

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“Democracy Without the Protection of Minority Rights is Mob Rule.”

U.S. Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pennsylvania) lays it on the line in defense of Coptic Christians in Egypt.

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Coptic Christians Killed by Egyptian Military – Will the Blackout Continue?

Coptic Christians in Egypt who are hoping that major news outlets in the United States are going to shine a light on the recent attack they endured in Helwan and their ongoing protests in Cairo have good reason to wonder exactly what is going on. Their story is just not being told in the U.S. […]

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Anti-Christian Rampage in Egypt Goes Unnoticed

People who follow the #copts or #helwan hashtags on Twitter will know that on Saturday, a Church in the town of Sool (or Sol) was attacked by a mob of Muslims after intra-Muslim violence that took place the day before. Al Masry Al Youm reports that “Two men have been killed during clashes between Muslims […]

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Libyan Jews (now living in Israel): Gadhafi destroyed our cemetery

Libyan Jews (now living in Israel): Gadhafi destroyed our cemetery – ‘As the violent protests in Libya continue, Israel National News TV visited the Libyan Jewry Heritage Center in Israel to hear the feelings of those Jews who came from Libya. Let’s go to the videotape…’

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Persecution of Christians Begins in “Democratic” Egypt

Once the revolution began, Egypt’s Christians knew precisely what to expect. It isn’t that the regime of Husni Mubarak protected them so well from Muslim wrath. On the contrary, it was reluctant to prosecute Muslims who attacked and killed or wounded Christians as well as damaged or destroyed churches. The government often arrested Christians who […]

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How safe are Iran’s Jews?

How safe are the 10,000 to 20,000 Jews still living in Iran today? Karmel Melamed writes that they are living with threats from armed Iranian fundamentalists to destroy the tombs of the Esther and Mordechai, which they consider ‘an arm of Israeli imperialism’. Melamed interviews Frank Nikbakht (above), an Iranian Jewish activist in Los Angeles […]

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Coptic Priest Killed in Egypt, While Army Pulls Down Monastery Fences (Updated with Video)

A Coptic Christian priest has been found dead, stabbed to death in his home in southern Egypt: …A fellow clergyman, Danoub Thabet, says his body had several stab wounds. He says neighbours reported seeing several masked men leaving the apartment and shouting “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” suggesting the killing was motivated by the […]

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Simon Tisdall’s “Arab Street” in Action Outside a Synagogue in Tunis

H/T Atlas, Elder of Ziyon and Joshua Pundit. In 1948 there were 120,000 Jews living in Tunisia. Today – after anti-Jewish government decrees were passed, synagogues destroyed, and Jews attacked and killed in the period following independence in the 50s and 60s – there are less than 1,000 remaining in a nation of over 10 […]

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A Christian Convert in Afghanistan

A Christian Convert in Afghanistan – ‘Mr. Sayed Mussa, 46, is staring at the prospect of a death sentence. Mr. Mussa was arrested after a television station in Kabul broadcast images that it claimed showed Westerners baptizing Afghans and other Afghans praying at private Christian meetings. The broadcast stoked fears of proselytizing brought on by […]

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What Really Happened at the Gabes Synagogue?

With thanks: Ahoova We now know what damage was done to El Hamma synagogue near Gabes a few days ago. Azria Ghozlane, the leader of the Jewish community of Gabes sent out his men to investigate and has now issued an official statement. The security post, common parts, Ekhal (Ark) and a Torah scroll were […]

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Report: Coptic Christians Murdered in Egypt During Unrest

The Assyrian International News Agency reports that 11 Coptic Christians were killed on Jan. 30. AINA provides the following detail: News of a massacre of two Christian Coptic families by Islamists just emerged from Upper Egypt with the return of the Internet connections after a week of Internet blackout by the Egyptian regime. The massacre […]

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Last Jews of Yemen Feature in Photo Exhibit

Two American students spent three months in Yemen documenting the life of the last Jews of Yemen. Now their work is being exhibited in California. Report by JWeekly online (with thanks: Sarah)

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Boutros Ghali Whitewashes Egyptian Intolerance

Periods of religious tolerance were ‘few and far between’ in Egypt : the Wall Street Journal publishes three rebuttals to an op-ed by the former (Coptic) UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali. One reminds readers that Mr Ghali’s own grandfather, an Egyptian Prime Minister, was assassinated by a Muslim fanatic. (With thanks: Lily) Regarding former United […]

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Murder Victim’s Son Kidnapped in Yemen

Supporters of the murderer of Moshe al-Nahari, a Yemeni Jew gunned down in 2008, have kidnapped his son in order to thwart a court decision upholding the killer’s execution – and force al-Nahari’s family to accept blood money instead. Elder of Ziyon has calculated that this amounts to a derisory $25,000. (Via EoZ) From Yemen […]

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