Ancient & Modern Collide

The tomb of 
Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan, Iran.
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Today, Iran’s relationship with the Jewish state — and some say with the Jews — is explosive, or potentially so. It wasn’t always this way. Jews have been in Iran for more than 2,700 years, arriving before the destruction of the First Temple in 587 BCE and the resultant exile of the Jews from Judea… Read More

The 21st-Century Iranian Jew

On Nov. 26, Toobah Nehdaran, 57, was murdered in her home in the Jewish quarter of the city of Isfahan in Iran. The murder, according to a statement by the ad hoc Jewbareh Committee, took place against the backdrop of the victim’s previous complaint against the takeover of a section of her family residence by… Read More

Ultimate Top 10

Mohammed Badie tops the list of 2012 anti-Semites.
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It may be two week since Jan. 1, but the mouthpieces that topped the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of top 10 anti-Semites of 2012 are still spewing hatred. The list, which was put out for the third year this past Dec. 27, provides a snapshot of anti-Semitism in the mainstream of government, organizations, media and… Read More

#Hashing It Out

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is tweeting ... in Arabic. 
Courtesy of JTA

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is now tweeting in Arabic on a new Twitter account opened in mid-December.  The development caught the attention of the Saudi Internet news service, Al Arabiya, which reported this week that Netanyahu’s Twitter account has drawn new followers from Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon, currently numbering 671 followers. “The aim of… Read More

Israel-EU Tension

Catherine Ashton, high representative for foreign affairs and security 
policy of the European Union, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on October 24.
 Moshe Milner/GPO/FLASH90.

This month, some of Israel’s strongest friends in Europe — Britain, France and Germany — summoned their ambassadors to protest the Jewish state’s construction decisions. As a result, then-Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that European governments are willing to abandon Israel in a similar fashion to the way they gave up Czechoslovakia to the… Read More

Jerusalem 5800

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Economics and prosperity speak to everyone. That is the message of about a dozen city planners in Jerusalem, who are working together to transform the city landscape by the year 2050. They call the project Jerusalem 5800 for the Hebrew year that roughly translates to 2050. According to Jerusalem 5800 Director Ziva Glanz, the project… Read More

For Spanish Inquisitors

Spain, which recently announced it would offer citizenship to Sephardic Jews who could prove their Spanish ancestry, is also rediscovering its rich Jewish past — a past long ignored. After expelling its long-established Jewish community more than 500 years ago, it is not only inviting the Sephardic Jews’ descendants back, but also making it easy… Read More