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February 11, 1991
Even as Iraqi Scud missiles fall on Jewish communities in Israel, the small Jewish community in Iraq may also be feeling the effects of allied bombing. When Iraq gained independence from Britain in 1932, the Jewish population numbered about 175,000 and there were over 50 synagogues. But the formation of Israel and repression under Arab regimes has caused that number to dwindle to the current level of about 1,000.
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NATIONAL
March 12, 2003 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
A Virginia congressman was engulfed in criticism Tuesday for recent comments suggesting that Jewish leaders were behind the drive toward war with Iraq and had the power to stop the war if they wished. Rep. James P. Moran, a seven-term House veteran and influential centrist Democrat, sparked the furor with his remarks at an antiwar forum March 3 in northern Virginia. "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this," Moran said.
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NEWS
February 20, 1991 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For several months in 1959, Naim Twaina, a successful Jewish businessman in Baghdad, bought his cigarettes from a street vendor who stood on his daily route, always addressing the young man politely and leaving him the change. Twelve years later, as Twaina tells it, that same street vendor, now in uniform and grown plump, entered the harshly lit cell where Twaina was being held on charges of Zionism. The man stuck his burning cigarette into the eye of another political prisoner.
NEWS
February 20, 1991 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For several months in 1959, Naim Twaina, a successful Jewish businessman in Baghdad, bought his cigarettes from a street vendor who stood on his daily route, always addressing the young man politely and leaving him the change. Twelve years later, as Twaina tells it, that same street vendor, now in uniform and grown plump, entered the harshly lit cell where Twaina was being held on charges of Zionism. The man stuck his burning cigarette into the eye of another political prisoner.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2003 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
A Virginia congressman was engulfed in criticism Tuesday for recent comments suggesting that Jewish leaders were behind the drive toward war with Iraq and had the power to stop the war if they wished. Rep. James P. Moran, a seven-term House veteran and influential centrist Democrat, sparked the furor with his remarks at an antiwar forum March 3 in northern Virginia. "If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this," Moran said.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | JONATHAN KIRSCH
Operation Babylon: The Story of the Rescue of the Jews of Iraq by Shlomo Hillel (Doubleday: $19.95, 301 pages) Two weeks ago, in these pages, I confessed my distress and disappointment over "Through Different Eyes," a book that starts out as a debate over the Arab-Israeli conflict and ends up as a sterile exercise in polemical excess.
WORLD
February 4, 2004 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
Follow the mute boy through ruins where princesses once bathed and you will see Edan Chlayeb mining poor man's gold in the half-light, his fingers sifting dust amid caldrons of fire. Chlayeb is known as "the purifier." His flame melts all that is worthless from scraps collected from the shops of goldsmiths. He separates dust from gold and then gold from silver. If he is lucky, and often he is not, he will see flakes glinting like faraway stars in his pan.
NEWS
January 4, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of Falashas, the black Jews of Ethiopia, have been airlifted to Israel in the last month, the biggest such exodus since the 1950s, Israeli officials said Thursday. Details of the airlift were kept secret in order not to jeopardize Israel's relations with third countries with whom it has no formal ties. "Human lives are at stake," an official remarked. Israeli officials refused to say how the Ethiopian Jews were taken out of the drought-devastated East African country.
WORLD
October 31, 2010 | By Alice Fordham, Los Angeles Times
A propaganda pamphlet written by Saddam Hussein's uncle and published in 1981 summed up the dictator's attitude toward Jews: It's titled "Three Whom God Should Not Have Created: Persians, Jews and Flies. " Under Hussein, the anti-Semitic Iraqi regime confiscated property and imprisoned and attacked Jews, all but eliminating the remains of what was once a thriving community. Thousands fled, mostly to Israel and the United States, leaving Baghdad's Jewish quarter nearly empty, its masonry crumbling and its Stars of David dimmed by dust and time.
NEWS
July 5, 1998 | DAVID DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joan Glanz Rimmon remembers the exact day her life changed. On Jan. 14, 1986, she ventured into the Los Angeles Family History Center, the genealogy library run by the Mormon Church in Westwood, to do an hour's worth of research on her grandmother's family before returning home to fix dinner. Some 12 years later, she's still working at her second "job." "It was like someone shot me with heroin," said the 63-year-old Bel-Air resident. "It's worse than drugs.
NEWS
February 11, 1991
Even as Iraqi Scud missiles fall on Jewish communities in Israel, the small Jewish community in Iraq may also be feeling the effects of allied bombing. When Iraq gained independence from Britain in 1932, the Jewish population numbered about 175,000 and there were over 50 synagogues. But the formation of Israel and repression under Arab regimes has caused that number to dwindle to the current level of about 1,000.
OPINION
November 7, 2010
Second-guessers miss their mark Re "How Obama lost his voice," Opinion, Nov. 3. All of the Monday-morning quarterbacks such as Marshall Ganz, who now decry President Obama for failures in leadership, overlook the horrendous obstacles he faced going in, plus various disasters such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and a minority in Congress resolved to see him fail. The initial problems were enough to topple anyone: a huge military complex committed to an unwinnable war; eight years of George W. Bush's coddling of failed lending institutions, including a last-minute bailout; tax concessions for the wealthy; and a healthcare system seriously underwater.
NEWS
November 4, 1996 | JORDAN ELGRABLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As intermarriage and assimilation erode the already small numbers of Sephardic Jews in America, the struggle to preserve their ancient heritage is getting a boost from a modern trend: ethnic chic. An upcoming anthology will bring new visibility to the 10% of America's Jews who are descended from those cast out of the Iberian Peninsula five centuries ago. At the head of the movement to celebrate this heritage is the Sephardic Educational Center, founded here in 1980 by Dr.
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