On this day: Morocco declares independence

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

The first of France’s Maghrebi protectorates to throw of its colonial master, Morocco did not share the radical upheaval or violence of neighbouring Algeria in its struggle for independence.


Jewish Libya

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

Pictures from Raphael Luzon's visit to Libya.

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Place where the Jews gathered in evenings between Hara Kbira and Hara sghira.jpg


Come and convert our tribe - Jewish Uganda

February 24, 2011

The story of the Abayudaya, Uganda's largest Jewish community, which is recognised by the Conservative movement, is well-known.


Israel's Shimon Peres 'full of hope' for Libyan protesters

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

Israel’s President has described it as an “irony of history” that Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi is facing an uprising in his own country less than two weeks after calling for revolution across the Arab world.

Speaking during a visit to Madrid, Shimon Peres said: "Gaddafi said he prefers a Middle East without the State of Israel.

“Today we might reach a situation where there is a Libya, but without Gaddafi."


Anti-Jewish demonstration at Tunisian synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011
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Islamist chant anti-Jewish slogans at a rally outside of the main synagogue in Tunis.


Security worries in Tunisia after Islamist anti-Jewish rally

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

Members of Tunisia’s 2,000 year old Jewish population have raised concerns about rising anti Jewish violence in the country following the collapse of the rule of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali last month.

Earlier this week around 40 Tunisian Muslims gathered outside the main synagogue in Tunis shouting anti-Jewish slogans and reportedly calling for death to Jews.


Alliance was social revolution

By Lyn Julius, February 4, 2011

A Jewish teacher journeys 1,000km from Paris to a remote community in southern Morocco. The boys whom he has come to teach sit on the floor in their djellabas, learning Torah.

This is how Jews were "educated" in Muslim countries until the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a schools' network founded in 1860 in France, transformed their lives.

In the early days of the AIU, teachers would sometimes build classrooms, provide meals and send for drugs to treat diseases.


Tunisia, and our black and white mentality

By Nick Cohen, January 21, 2011

Every morning I read The Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Financial Times and the Independent. I stay with the Today programme until Radio 4 drives me away by insulting my intelligence with Thought for the Day and look at the Economist and the New York Times if I have a moment. But I knew nothing about Tunisia.


'Nigeria 'bribe' lawyer loses extradition-appeal

By James Brewster, January 20, 2011

A British solicitor has failed in a High Court bid to block his extradition to the United States where he faces charges of aiding and abetting an enormous corruption plot.

Jeffrey Tesler, 62, is accused by the American authorities of involvement in an international conspiracy to channel bribes to senior officials in Nigeria.

Mr Tesler, who works for a legal practice in Tottenham, north London, argued that the alleged conduct complained of did not occur in America, and there were “insufficiently substantial links” between it and the US to legally justify extradition.


Tunisia violence: not best place to be Jewish

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 20, 2011

It's not hard to find Jews in Tunisia, even while there is a revolution on. Head down to the Avenue de Liberte in Tunis in time for shacharit and you can find worshippers leaving the main synagogue. And it's not hard to see that they have reason to be worried.

As one man leaving the shul, in his 60s and wearing a black beret, said: "It's a good time to be quiet and put your head down."