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December 29, 1988
Spanish dictator Francisco Franco allowed the secret exodus of 100,000 Jews from Morocco into Spain from 1957 to 1963, former Israeli intelligence chief Isser Harel said. In World War II, the Franco government had close ties to the anti-Semitic regimes of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. Harel said that Franco "wanted to improve his image after his close cooperation with Hitler and Mussolini." And, Harel added, "There was still the historic memory of the Jewish ouster from Spain (in 1492)."
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February 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
About 100,000 devout Jews descended on this dusty provincial town recently to remember a North African holy man through public prayer, euphoric dance and the ritual slaughter of sheep. In the years since the death in 1984 of Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira--a mystic known affectionately as "Baba Sali," or "the father of prayer" in Arabic--the annual event marking his death has grown into a major festival for Jews of North African descent.
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February 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
About 100,000 devout Jews descended on this dusty provincial town recently to remember a North African holy man through public prayer, euphoric dance and the ritual slaughter of sheep. In the years since the death in 1984 of Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira--a mystic known affectionately as "Baba Sali," or "the father of prayer" in Arabic--the annual event marking his death has grown into a major festival for Jews of North African descent.
NEWS
December 29, 1988
Spanish dictator Francisco Franco allowed the secret exodus of 100,000 Jews from Morocco into Spain from 1957 to 1963, former Israeli intelligence chief Isser Harel said. In World War II, the Franco government had close ties to the anti-Semitic regimes of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. Harel said that Franco "wanted to improve his image after his close cooperation with Hitler and Mussolini." And, Harel added, "There was still the historic memory of the Jewish ouster from Spain (in 1492)."
WORLD
August 19, 2003 | From Reuters
A court early today sentenced four men to death in connection with suicide bombings in Casablanca three months ago. The judges found the four guilty of premeditated murder in the five simultaneous attacks May 16 in which 45 people were killed, including 12 suicide bombers. The 33rd civilian victim died of his injuries Friday. Two of those sentenced to death were part of the 14-member suicide team. The defendants all pleaded not guilty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1993 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acting on the eve of the Jewish New Year, UC Irvine announced Wednesday the appointment of a Florida professor to its first-ever endowed chair in Jewish history. "This is especially timely now, given the headlines about the agreement between Israel and the PLO," said Scott Nelson, a university spokesman. "There has been significant interest in the subject expressed by students and faculty members; it's a valid area of scholarly interest."
WORLD
May 20, 2003 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Michel Meyer Edery, a Jew who has lived his entire life here, received two sets of phone calls in the hours after suicide bombers launched deadly attacks across his city and at the Jewish community center he frequents. His brothers in Israel and France called to tell him it was high time to leave Morocco. And Edery's many Moroccan friends -- Muslims -- called to make sure he was safe and to tell him how appalled they were at what happened.
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November 4, 2000 | KATHERINE ROTH, ASSOCIATED PRESS
As violence between Muslims and Jews flares in the Middle East, it's all too easy to forget that for long periods of time, the two sides coexisted in relative harmony in some parts of the region. The Jewish Museum's "Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land" explores the multicultural art and traditions of Morocco and 2,000 years of Jewish life there. It is the first time an exhibit at theJewish Museum has had an Arab leader--the king of Morocco--as patron.
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February 2, 1992 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli artist Raphael Abecassis remembers how he felt when he began to study the horrendous events that led up to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. "When I first read about the subject, I wanted to paint everything in black," said Abecassis, who was in Los Angeles recently for the opening of an expulsion-related show at the Jewish Federation Building.
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June 17, 2010 | By Linda Burum, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As soon as a parade of Moroccan-style nibbles at Itz Kosher lands on our table, it's easy to imagine we're sitting in a little cafe in Fez or Marrakech, just outside the central bazaar: a bright carrot salad flecked with spicy harissa , Cabernet-colored pickled beets, cracked cured olives and a fresh cabbage slaw with lemony vinaigrette. These little noshes, so typically a part of gracious Moroccan hospitality, express the M.O. of this weeks-old Israeli-Moroccan restaurant in Studio City where David Adir, who co-owns the place with his mother, Esther, wants you to feel absolutely pampered.
NEWS
April 29, 1993 | BEVERLY BEYETTE
The bride arrived in a purple sedan chair, the groom on a pink and purple elephant. The happy couple stood on stair steps to reach their five-tier cake. And so, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, 5-year-old Orly-Reine Sibony and 5-year-old James Maher were "wed." The ceremony, fashioned after a centuries-old Moroccan Jewish custom, was ecumenical, to say the least. Orly-Reine is Jewish. James has a Salvadoran-Basque mother, Alicia, and an Irish-Syrian father, Joseph--both Roman Catholics.
FOOD
September 12, 2001
T zimmes and sweet tajines come from very different places--the first is a specialty of Ashkenazi Jews from eastern and central Europe, the latter are made by Sephardic Jews from Morocco--but they have things in common. Not least is the fact that these slow-cooked stews, frequently featuring meat and dried fruit, make perfect meals for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year that begins this year on Monday evening.
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