Solidarity: The moment after persecution

Following the redemption of their Soviet, Ethiopian and Syrian brethren, the Jews’ historic commitment to each other is eroding.

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June 13, 2018 14:00
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ranian Jews gather at a synagogue- turend-polling station, during the 2016 elections. Free to worship and travel. (photo credit: RAHEB HOMAVANDI/REUTERS)

 
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LIKE THE 1890 statement by the US Census Bureau about the American frontier’s disappearance, and like the statistical report in 2013 that Israel had become home to the world’s largest Jewish community – a quip by Israel’s chief spy in 1998 went unnoticed, though its meaning was profound.

The Mossad – its director in those days Efraim Halevy, told the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee – no longer saw anywhere in the world an oppressed Jewish community on whose behalf to operate; not even in Iran, which – unlike the Soviet Union in its time – did not, and still does not, prevent its Jews’ freedom of worship or travel.

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