Wednesday, December 24, 2008

CNN reports on Lebanon's silent Jews

Lebanon's Jewish community was the focus of this video report by CNN's Cal Perry, broadcast on 21 December. (With thanks: Pablo)

Perry speculates on whether recent plans to rebuild Beirut's synagogue - now scuppered - will revive a moribund community with no leadership or communal life to speak of.

The CNN journalist gives the (misleading) impression that the Jewish community's demise was caused by the Lebanese civil war, which broke out in 1975. Jews were indeed caught in the crossfire, but the truth is that 90 percent of the Jews of Lebanon had left before the civil war broke out as a result of the repercussions of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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