Thursday, August 05, 2010

Michael Totten in Israel

Michael Totten, a blogging photojournalist who works extensively in the Middle East, is currently in Israel. He posts this very interesting interview with an Israeli friend on how different the perspective on Israel is from the inside. Something he notes that many people are blissfully unaware of is that 70% of Jewish Israelis emigrated against their will: that is, they were either run out of Europe before, during, or after World War II, or run out of other Middle Eastern countries after the partition. One of my colleagues there had a family who had lived in Damascus who finally had to leave during the 70s because of the persecution of Jews there.
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