Lighting the Menorah under the Shadow of Saddam Hussein’s Tyranny

Dec. 17 2020

In the 1990s, a UN inspector tasked with making sure Iraq was not engaged in efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction stumbled upon Baghdad’s last functioning synagogue—the surviving remnant of a Jewish community that, at the beginning of the last century, made up a third of the city’s population. He managed to film a menorah lighting that took place there. While the footage was badly damaged, it has since been restored and digitized by the American Sephardi Federation. Here a congregant says the prayers over the candle lighting, and then recites Psalm 30. (Video, 2 minutes.)

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More about: Baghdad, Hanukkah, Iraqi Jewry, Saddam Hussein

The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction

Nov. 29 2021

Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents:

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More about: Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, United Kingdom