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  • Sisters from a prominent Sephardic family to get Spanish citizenship

    By Roberto Loiederman

    June 29, 2016 | 11:15 am

    It’s been more than 500 years since Yosef Elyashar, a rabbi in the Spanish town of Híjar, was expelled from his home country. Now, centuries later, two of his American ancestors are poised to become citizens again, thanks to a law passed one year ago by the Spanish government...

  • King of Spain honors Sephardic Jews in ceremony recognizing citizenship law

    November 30, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    Spain’s king honored Sephardic Jews at a ceremony recognizing a new law that confers citizenship on the descendants of those banished during the Inquisition.

    “Dear Sephardim, thank you for your loyalty,” King Felipe VI told representatives of Sephardim from various countries at...

  • New law offers Sephardim right of return to Spain

    By Roberto Loiederman

    July 23, 2015 | 6:28 pm

    On June 11, the government of Spain unanimously passed a law that attempts to right a historic wrong: It offers descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492 a less arduous path toward Spanish citizenship. Under the new law, Sephardim seeking Spanish...

  • One-ton Palestinian key headed to Berlin festival

    March 15, 2012 | 10:18 am

    A one-ton steel key symbolizing the Palestinian “right of return” is to be shipped from a West Bank refugee camp to Berlin as part of a citywide art festival.

    The Goethe Institute, Germany’s official cultural institution, is assisting in the effort.

    Called the “Key of Return,”...

  • Prime Minister Fayyad: ‘Unity and Non-violence’ requisites for statehood

    November 29, 2011 | 9:55 am

    With skepticism rife over a Fatah-Hamas rapprochement and the Hamas demand to replace him, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the man credited with energizing the movement toward statehood and the man Western governments want holding the PA’s purse strings, discusses the...

  • It’s time for words to lead the peace process

    By Judea Pearl

    November 20, 2008 | 1:57 am

    It is now clear that no peace agreement, not even on principles, will be signed by the Israeli-Palestinian negotiating team before some time in 2009, after the new American administration takes charge, the Israeli election runs its course and the fate of Mahmoud Abbas' presidency is...
  • Top Ten Signs we’re making progress towards peace

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Monday for the first time since Feb. 19 at the urging of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who dropped by briefly a week earlier to declare the peace process was "moving in the right direction."
  • What Israel means to me

    By David Mamet

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This is one in a series of articles and essays on myriad topics related to Israel that will run weekly as we approach the Jewish state's 60th anniversary on Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, in May.

    Noam Chomsky was interviewed in the summer 2004 issue of Heeb magazine:


  • An inadvertent gift

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Maya Nahor learned she wasn't Jewish from an Israeli bureaucrat.

    Three years later, as she tells the story, she still cries.

    She was 19 years old and had just arrived in Tel Aviv from Spain, having left her family behind for the first time. She was alone in a country that she'd...