Jewish Salonica between Ottomans and Greeks

At the turn of the century, the Ottoman city of Salonica (now Thessaloniki) was home to the world’s largest Ladino-speaking population, descended primarily from Jews who came there from Spain following the expulsion of 1492. In 1912, the city became part of Greece. Devin Naar, discussing his recent book Jewish Salonica, explains how the community was transformed by the events of the early 20th century. (Interview by Lisa Newman. Audio, 19 minutes.)

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More about: Greece, History & Ideas, Ladino, Ottoman Empire, Sephardim, Thessaloniki

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror