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The Holocaust and the Khojaly Massacre ‘Through the Eyes of Contemporaries’

The Holocaust and the Khojaly Massacre ‘Through the Eyes of Contemporaries’ FEBRUARY 29, 2016 Author: Arye Gut / JNS.org An aerial view of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Photo: Khortan via Wikimedia Commons. JNS.org – To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and remember another notorious event that would come nearly 50 years after the Holocaust, the Baku […]

Knesset Committee Chairman to Azeris: There Never Was Anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan

Knesset Committee Chairman to Azeris: There Never Was Anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan By: David Israel Azerbaijan Photo Credit: Francisco Anzola The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, headed by MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), on Wednesday hosted a delegation of the Azeri National Assembly’s International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations Committee, and Hanegbi welcomed the guests and stressed that […]

The improbable romance between Israel and Azerbaijan

Since its founding in 1948, Israel has found Muslim-majority allies hard to come by. Yet an improbable romance continues to develop between the Jewish state and Azerbaijan. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon took a surprise trip to Azerbaijan in September, marking the first-ever visit by the holder of his position to a Muslim-majority nation in the […]

Azerbaijan, Poised to Assume European Rights Post, Detains Prominent Human Rights Advocate Leyla Yunus

http://www.azadliq.org/content/article/25365863.html   Authorities in Azerbaijan have detained the country’s most prominent human rights activist, Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif Yunus on April, 28.According to witnesses, the couple was at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International airport on the way to Doha when they were stopped by four security agents and taken for questioning.Mehman Aliyev, who was […]

Baku gives land for Jewish cultural center, kosher restaurant

(JTA) — The city of Baku in Azerbaijan has allocated land for the construction of a Jewish cultural center and the Azeri capital’s first kosher restaurant. The municipality has given the Mountain Jews, one of the country’s three Jewish communities, approximately 600 square yards for the restaurant, which will be part of a three-story cultural […]

With eyes on neighbors, Azerbaijan and Israel intensify ties

BAKU, Azerbaijan (JTA) — With less than a month to go until presidential elections, the moustachioed smile of Ilham Aliyev stares down at his countrymen from giant posters scattered around this bustling metropolis on the Caspian Sea. The Azerbaijani president has been in office since 2003 and is widely expected to be re-elected, extending the […]

Jewish shtetl in Azerbaijan survives amidst Muslim majority

(JTA) — Even at 70, Yedidia Yehuda can negotiate a narrow mountain path in northern Azerbaijan with a confidence easily mistaken for carelessness. “You take care not to fall yourself and don’t worry about me,” he tells a visitor following him toward a small town on the northern bank of the Kudyal river, where 2,000 […]

Report: Estimated Jewish Population in the former Soviet Union (FSU)

Researcher Allan Miller has compiled numbers from reports and news articles over the past several years to determine the estimated current Jewish population throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU).  The breakdown within each country may not equal the total for the country because populations for some cities are missing.   Estimated Present […]