Saturday Oct 20, 2012
Danny Ayalon holding Harif mezuzzah to highlight stolen Jewish Properties in Arab lands Photo: Harif
If you have been following the work of my organisation Harif, (representing Jews from the Middle East and North Africa in the UK) you will know that campaigning for Jewish Refugees from Arab countries has, until last month, been an uphill struggle.
However, the issue has moved to the mainstream since the 'Justice...
Thursday Aug 23, 2012
When I received an e-mail that a little girl with Down's syndrome was arrested and jailed in Pakistan, my stomach felt like it had been kicked. Rimsha is from the Christian village of Maherabad in Islamabad. She was severely beaten by local Muslims before being arrested. She is reported to be in very bad shape and has bruises on her face and hands. Other Christians and their homes were attacked and an ultimatum issued by the Mullahs for...
Sunday Aug 19, 2012
As creative director of Harif, I normally spend my time campaigning to the wider community for recognition of the plight of the Sephardi and Mizrachi communities. So often I am listening to sad stories of murders, fleeing in the night with a single suitcase and re-starting life in a sandy ma'abara camp. So it's a pleasure to sit in the cosy North London homes of some these families, flicking through their photo albums to see their offspring...
Thursday Jul 19, 2012
Landmark news this week: Israel has approved a special memorial day to be set aside in the Jewish calendar to mark the exodus of Jews from Arab countries. On this Jewish Refugee Day, students will learn about the 850,000 Jewish refugees who fled from their native Arab countries since the establishment of the State of Israel. Here at Harif (the UK association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa), we have worked tirelessly...
Thursday May 24, 2012
Could there be any Jew more demonised than Avigdor Lieberman? The Israeli foreign minister and head of the Yisrael Beytenu party is a taboo subject in London. People who would normally debate any Middle East situation with you, totally seize up when you ask them their views on Avigdor Lieberman. You receive the standard tetchy reply: “He’s a racist thug and he doesn’t represent me”. And in politically-correct...