Preserving the Remnants of the Jewish Middle East Online

Nov. 24 2020

The Jewish communities of the Middle East—some of the oldest, and once some of the largest, in the Diaspora—have long shrunk to shadows of their former selves, when they haven’t disappeared completely. But they left behind numerous shrines and synagogues, some of which have great religious, historical, and aesthetic value. Unfortunately, these buildings have suffered from neglect, the depredations of hostile regimes, and the ravages of war. To stem the tide, an organization called Diarna has worked to create a digital museum of these sites, with the cooperation of Jewish and non-Jewish Westerners as well as local volunteers. Jason Guberman, one of Diarna’s founders, describes and displays their efforts in the video below. (Interview by Stacey Roman; 32 minutes.)

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More about: Mizrahim, Synagogues

Hamas and Hizballah Won’t Give Up Their Radical Goals for Economic Benefits

June 18 2021

In his first interview after leaving office, the former head of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen, admitted that he had erred in believing that Israel could come to some sort of accord with Hamas. In his own words:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hamas, Hizballah, Iran, Mossad