March 20, 2018

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Outrageous Obama (videos)

January 18, 2017 Ian Daphne Anson   Not directly related to the main focus of this blog, but sufficiently relevant to include.  What a terrible president, in many ways, Barack Obama has been.     (    (

Once sidelined, Mizrahi music is mainstream

January 18, 2017 Ian The Guardian discovers the burgeoning scene of ‘Mizrahi’ music in Israel, even though most of the instruments used are European and what is being described is a synthesis of old and new. Although this type […]

Israel mourns songwriter Meir Banai

January 17, 2017 Ian Israelis are mourning the death from cancer of the celebrated Israeli singer and songwriter Meir Banai, 55. Meir came from a showbiz family of Afghan/Persian extraction. The Times of Israel reports: Banai’s popular’Lekha Eli’from […]

Rabbi Elie Abadie fired after dispute

January 16, 2017 Ian for Jews from Arab Countries has suffered a setback with the sacking this month of its president, Rabbi Elie Abadie, as head of the Safra synagogue after a row with its main benefactor, Lily […]

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