A Jewish Synagogue Makes a Comeback In Beirut

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    Apr 05, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2012/0329/A-Jewish-synagogue-makes-a-comeback-in-Lebanon


    After more than 40 years, the most prominent synagogue in Beirut will be reopened after its renovation. A rabbi is expected to arrive soon to handle all ceremonies for the Jewish community left in Beirut.

    This may be a small step in the right direction icon_smile.gif


    http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=264887

    Another article discussing anti-zionist rabbis praying at the Sidon synagogue in South Lebanon.

    Honestly, as a Lebanese, this is a new landscape. I am awaiting the next steps, if any, to develop and hope for the best.
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    Apr 06, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    Oye! This thread is about to turn irritating.

    It would be interesting if some of Isreal's more affluent neighbors started welcoming Jews. Isreal gets away with it's reactionary stance because it's surrounded by governments who use it's destruction as a political wedge. If Jews had even a minor voice in those countries, a voice that didn't come from a place of persecution, it could change the political landscape of the area. I suppose that's what a lot of people were hoping with the arab spring, but it's since become very Muslim Brotherhood-ish.

    Proceed with the flame war!
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    Apr 06, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    My bet is that this effort to rebuild and re-open the Jewish synagogue will be met with success. I talked with a Lebanese friend just yesterday, who lives very close to Beirut, from what he and other lebanese friends I have says, they have not a thing against Jews, only against the Israeli Zionist Fanatic leaders.

    Hell, the Jewish communities in Iran do fine and refused Israels offers to move to Israel, so they should get along well in Lebanon, after all they won't be trying to steal any of their neighbors land like the Israeli leadership is doing with settlements down in Palestine.
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    Apr 06, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH saidYes, I'm sure it will be a lovely and welcoming place for all six Jews remaining in Lebanon.



    Are you sure the jewish population is so small? there's supposed to be close to 20,000 in Iran, Maybe there are a several thousand in Lebanon
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    Apr 06, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    Cool story, weirdfishesarpeggi, but this is going to be more of a museum.
    Still, as you say, a step in the right direction.

    From your jpost source (based on the Daily Star report):
    [Sidon's] Jewish cemetery [is] a frequent target of vandalism.

    There is more work to be done.


    jp> all six Jews remaining in Lebanon

    There are, according to the CSM article, 150. icon_biggrin.gif
    Down from 12,000. icon_sad.gif