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  • Letters to the editor: Tikkun olam in North Africa, violence against women and global warming

    April 17, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    Supply and Demand

    David Suissa indicates that tikkun olam didn’t exist in places like North Africa (“Jews Helping Non-Jews,” March 28). But he fails to mention that its absence was due to lack of necessity, not a tribal instinct to “put one’s own first.” He bemoans the supposed...

  • Philip Gordon appointed White House Mideast coordinator

    March 3, 2013 | 8:45 am

    Philip Gordon, a foreign policy expert in the Obama administration, has been appointed the White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region.

    Gordon's appointment was announced Saturday by White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. Gordon will...

  • The Turkic Islamic world uniting with Israel as a sovereign entity

    March 1, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Over the last few years, one of the questions that I have been often asked is: Is Turkey leaving the West? Is Turkey's axis shifting? Is Turkey turning its back on the West? The simple answer is no. Turkey is a democratic, free and secular country with a majority Muslim population,...

  • Compensate Jewish refugees from Arab countries, conference urges

    September 10, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Speakers at a conference on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish refugees called for legislative initiatives to support compensation for the refugees.

    The conference, which began Sunday night and ends Monday, took place in Jerusalem under the title “Justice for Jewish Refugees...

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  • Genetic study offers clues to history of North Africa’s Jews

    August 6, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    A new genetic analysis has reconstructed the history of North Africa’s Jews, showing that these populations date to biblical-era Israel and are not largely the descendants of natives who converted to Judaism, scientists reported on Monday.

    The study also shows that these Jews form...

  • Meet the filmmakers of the French megahit “The Intouchables” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    These are heady times for the French-Jewish filmmakers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Harvey Weinstein snatched up the rights to their French-language odd couple dramedy, “The Intouchables,” following The Weinstein Company’s penchant for purchasing Gallic fare such as the...

  • In tiny Gibraltar, an outsized Jewish infrastructure

    December 9, 2011 | 10:41 am

    Four synagogues, a mikvah, a kosher coffeehouse and separate boys and girls religious high schools.

    Combined, they suggest a community far larger than just 750 Jews. But Gibraltar—the tiny British overseas territory of 30,000 that sits at the foot of Spain and at the gateway to...

  • President Obama Speaks on the Middle East and North Africa, and U.S. Policy in the Region

    May 19, 2011 | 8:37 am

  • Mimouna festival stresses ‘Love the convert’

    April 25, 2011 | 10:24 am

    Two million Israelis are expected to take part in the traditional North African Mimouna festival.

    The festival to celebrate fraternity, abundance and good luck is held at the end of Passover; It will take place Monday evening.

    The World Federation of Moroccan Jewry announced that...

  • In Tunisia, Jews enjoy stability, but not democracy

    By Larry Luxner

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    To the east is Libya, a vast desert nation, where not a single Jew remains from the forced exodus that followed Israel's founding in 1948.

    To the west is Algeria, a bloodstained country that once boasted 140,000 Jews and today is home to barely 100.

    Squeezed between these two...

  • Wiesenthal Center honors one of Shoah’s righteous Arabs

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After Hitler conquered France, the French colonies of Algeria and Morocco remained under the control of the collaborationist Vichy regime. While the Jews of these countries suffered under the anti-Semitic Vichy-imposed laws, their lives were not at risk.

    Tunisia was the exception....