With Jews largely gone from Iraq, memories survive in Israel
By Maher Chmaytelli, Jeffrey Heller and Stephen Farrell, Reuters Staff
BAGHDAD/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Behind the high concrete walls of Baghdad’s Jewish cemetery, Violette Saul lies at rest under a weathered and cracked tombstone, one of the last memorials to an ancient community that is now all but extinct.
The Iraqi nurse was buried a decade ago alongside thousands of others in the sands of a country where her community thrived for more than 2,500 years.
Imams in Morocco Learn Jewish Culture as Part of Training — and Bring Tolerance to France
by Irina Tsukerman for the algemeiner.com
The 30 imams who have signed a letter against antisemitism and extremism in France are graduates of a special training program for imams in Morocco. Created in 2005, the Institute Mohammed VI de la Formation des Imams Mourchidens et Mourchidates now boasts of approximately 1,600 graduates — more than 1,000 male, and 800 female imams.
Israel’s Rabbinate Rejects Authority Of Certain U.S. Orthodox Rabbis, Letter Shows
BY JTA, The Jewish Week/Times of Israel
JERUSALEM — An internal correspondence document written by a senior member of Israel’s Rabbinical Courts rejects the authority of all rabbis who receive their ordination from a yeshiva located in New York.
Roberto Saviano, Author of ‘Gomorrah,’ Takes on Internet Nazis
By Simone Somekh for Tablet Magazine
Tired of internet conspiracy theories and vile anti-Semitism, the journalist turns his attention from Italy’s mafia to its white supremacists
Later this month, Roberto Saviano, the renowned Italian journalist, will testify at the first hearing of a trial against 39 Italian neo-Nazis who were accused, among other things, of participating in an online group that incited racial discrimination and violence. For years, between 2009 and 2012, the group held discussions that included white supremacist and anti-Semitic rhetoric on the American hate site Stormfront.
Israel’s Newfound Popularity in Syria
Since 2013, Israel has been providing humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians near its border and has brought thousands of Syrians to its hospitals for treatment. It has also provided some covert military aid to Syrian rebels, in addition to launching sporadic attacks on Syrian and Iranian positions. As a result, many Syrians have changed their attitude toward the Jewish state. Elizabeth Tsurkov writes: