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What happened to the Jews of Iraq?

 A war-torn nation now split between the Iraqi government, ISIS controlled areas, and the Kurdish region of the north, Iraq is certainly no safe land for anyone, let alone the small ethno-religious minorities that once thrived there for centuries. It's hard to imagine now, but Iraq was once home to a large Jewish population of over 150,000 souls, one of the longest surviving and most historically significant of Jewish communities in the Diaspora. As of 2008, there were less than ten Jews counted still living in Iraq, and the number today may very well have dwindled to none.

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THE ISRAEL YOU DON'T SEE ON THE NEWS

 Amidst the whirlwind of tensions that monopolizes much of Israel's airtime attention, it does appear to be a wonder sometimes that anyone would choose to live in such a tumultuous and threatened nation, let alone vacation here. Indeed, it is not unusual for outsiders to shake their heads dismally at the newest sensationalized upheaval, wondering, 'when will those hot-heads in the Middle East get their act together?' And this languid desire for peace and quiet is not unfounded; in point of fact, the state of Israel has been in a perpetual state of war with its neighboring countries since it's Declaration of Statehood in 1948, which was marked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq launching a joint attack on the infant nation meant to 'drive the Jews into the sea'. The truth is Israel itself would like some peace and quiet more than anyone. And yet, despite the troubling realities of a nation living under the constant shadow of war, Israel has miraculously thrived in almost every way imaginable! 

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An Evening of Songs for Danny - ערב שירים לדני

 אחרי מלחמת ששת הימים, משנת 1969 התקיימו כל שנה במערה הקסומה, שבקיבוץ בית-גוברין, ערבי שירה עם מיטב הלהקות והזמר העברי. הערב נקרא: "ערב שירים לדני", לזכרו של דני ורדון מגבעת ברנר, אשר נפל באל-עריש במלחמת ששת הימים.


 Following the Six Day War (the War of Independence), starting in 1969, performances took place every year at the enchanting cave of Kibbutz Beit-Guvrin providing evenings of song by the best of Hebrew singers and bands.  This evening was called: "An Evening of Songs for Danny", in remembrance of Danny Verdon of Kibbutz Givat Brenner, who fell in Al-Arish during the Six Day War.

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May 08, 1972

Sabena Flight 707

On May 8, 1972 a Boeing 707 passenger aircraft of the Belgian airline company, Sabena, that was in flight from Vienna to Tel Aviv, was hijacked by four terrorists from the Palestinian terrorist organization, Black September, and landed at the Tel Aviv airport near Lod.


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May 01, 2000

Ben-Zion Netanyahu (1910-2012)

Prof. Ben-Zion Netanyahu passed away at his Jerusalem home, at the age of 102. Ben-Zion Netanyahu and his late wife Tzila, who passed away in 2000, had three sons – Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan (Yoni) Netanyahu, who was killed during Operation Yonatan in Entebbe; Benjamin, the Prime Minister of Israel; and Ido, a doctor, writer and playwright. Read More...
April 24, 1915

The Armenian Genocide

 The Armenian genocide refers to the deliberate and systematic destruction (genocide) of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was implemented through wholesale massacres and deportations, with the deportations consisting of forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees. The total number of resulting Armenian deaths is generally held to have been between one and one and a half million.

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April 23, 1963

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (1884-1963)

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi was a historian, Labor Zionist leader, and the second and longest-serving President of Israel.

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April 22, 1979

Samir Kuntar Murders Israeli Family

Samir Kuntar is a Lebanese Terrorist who belonged to the Palestine Liberation Front. He participated in an attack on an Israeli family in 1979, and murdered three Israelis: a 28 year-old man, his 4-year-old daughter, and an Israeli policeman; the man's 2 year-old daughter suffocated as her mother tried to quiet her crying.

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April 18, 1948

Israel's War of Independence

On May 15, 1948, day after the creation of the State of Israel, the armies of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon invaded the new Jewish state.

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April 13, 1948

The Hadassah Medical Convoy Massacre

The Hadassah medical convoy massacre took place on April 13, 1948, when a civilian convoy, escorted by Haganah militia, bringing medical and fortification supplies and personnel to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus was ambushed by Arab forces. Seventy-nine Jews, including doctors and nurses, were killed in the attack.

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Is Obama worse than Chamberlain?

The comparison between Lausanne 2015 and Munich 1938 lets Iran off lightly, as Germany at the time wasn't calling for 'Death to the Jews'.

 When Jan Masaryk, the foreign minister of Czechoslovakia at the time, heard first-hand the English Parliament greet Neville Chamberlain's announcement about a summit meeting with Adolf Hitler with raucous applause, he was rather confused. After all, the threatening German leader was demanding appeasement in the form of a piece of Masaryk's own country. The summit took place two days later. Representatives of Czechoslovakia weren't even invited. They were simply notified. The rest is history.

 

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September 28, 2012

Avraham Adan (1924-2012)

 Avraham "Bren" Adan‎, (5 October 1926– 28 September 2012) was an Israeli general who served in the military between 1947 and 1973. Raised the Israeli "Ink Flag" following the successful Uvda Operation in the 1948 War of Independence, in which the Jordanian outpost in Eilat was captured. 

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Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles

Sukkot is a Biblical pilgrimage festival that occurs on the 15th day of the month of Tishri. It is one of the three major holidays when historically the Jewish populace traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem.

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EXCLUSIVE! Recording of never-before-played song from the Yom Kippur War

During the war, a portion of the recordings that Avi Yaffe recorded of the war were publicized.  After hearing these recordings, Avi was approached by singer Avraham Pereira and Composer Haim Tzur to record a special set of songs written in lieu of the war in Avi's studio.

במלחמת יום הכיפורים, כאשר חזרתי הביתה, פורסמו חלק מההקלטות שביצעתי בעת המלחמה במעוז פורקן.
בעקבות זאת, פנו אלי הזמר אברהם פררה והמלחין חיים צור וביקשו להקליט באולפני מספר שירים.

 

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September 22, 1973

Yom-Kippur War Cease-Fire

The Yom-Kippur War began on October 6, 1973 when the combined armies of Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in the Suez Canal area and the Golan Heights. On October 22, the Security Council adopted Resolution 338 calling for "all parties to the present fighting to cease all firing and terminate all military activity immediately."

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Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement

On The holiest day of the Jewish year, a surprise joint attack by Egypt and Syria crossing the cease-fire lines in the Sinai and Golan Heights threatened the very existence of the Jewish state. 2,586 Israeli soldiers were killed and thousands more wounded.

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THE YOM KIPPUR WAR - 42 YEARS OF REMEMBERING

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 The IsraCast guide to information on the Yom Kippur War of 1973:  Access to live recordings from the war, exclusive post-war recording of Arik Sharon discussing his part, historical facts you may not have known about the war and its many complexities, insightful analysis of the war and region, and explanation of the Yom Kippur - the holiest day in the Jewish Year.

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An ethnic war in Iran is only a matter of time

Op-ed: Imagine the Islamic Republic falling apart like Syria, Iraq, Libya or Yemen in a civil war with armed militias – and nuclear facilities all over the area.

 In Independence Day, I received a message on Facebook from a man who lives in Iraq and wanted to congratulate the State of Israel on its independence and thank it for destroying Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor in 1981.

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May 17, 1967

The Battle Of Jerusalem

 Israel marks the anniversary to the unification of Jerusalem. Read about the liberation of the city and the letter sent by Prime Minister Eshkol to Jordan's King Hussein stating that Israel would take no actions against him if he ceased hostile activities.

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May 17, 1967

Liberation of the Temple Mount and Western Wall

Hear the sounds of gunfire, the footsteps of Israeli soldiers as they draw closer and closer and as General Uzi Narkiss instructs them and asks to be shown where the Western Wall stands. Hear triumphant Brigadier, General Shlomo Goren, who was later to become the Chief Rabbi of Israel, as he recites the memorial prayer and sounds the shofar as Israeli soldiers weep with sorrow over their comrades killed in combat.

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