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The Last Berber Jews The Last Berber Jews
Friday, August 10, 2012 by Diana Muir Appelbaum | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

As a child, the French filmmaker Kamal Hachkar learned the Berber language from his grandparents in Tinghir, a Berber oasis city east of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.  As an adult he discovered that the now exclusively Muslim town once had a substantial Jewish community.
The Mossad The Mossad
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Last week, Israel successfully deployed its fourth orbiting spy satellite, hailed by the country's intelligence community as delivering better than expected surveillance of "areas of interest." At the same time, Israel's human-intelligence apparatus, essential as ever to the Jewish state's survival, has come under severe criticism for two of its recent missions: the presumed liquidation of the senior Hamas operative Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai and the ill-prepared interdiction of the Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla. Meanwhile, Lebanese authorities continue to sweep up reputed Israeli agents for spying on Hizballah.
Editors' Picks
Faith and Suicide Fishel Jacobs, American Thinker. Reports on Israeli Prisoner X, Ben Zygier, have asked what his crime was and why the case was censored.  But there is a more basic question: which prisoners do, and do not, commit suicide?
Saddam and the Missed Opportunity Mitch Ginsburg, Times of Israel. In the mid-1970s, Israel tried to kill Saddam Hussein with a letter bomb.  Imagine the blood and treasure that would have been saved if the attempt had succeeded.
Lessons from the Master Efraim Halevy, Foreign Policy. Mossad’s former Deputy Director says we should stop calling Iran an existential threat: “It is a terrible mistake to tell your enemy that it is in his power to destroy you." (Interview by Aaron David Miller)
Mossad's Greatest Hits Larry Getlen, New York Post. From the capture of Adolf Eichmann to Ehud Barak's undercover cross-dressing, a new book lays bare the greatest missions of the Israeli secret service. 
Women of Valor Vered Ramon-Rivlin, Globes. While most armies remain male-dominated, women have always played a significant role in the IDF—even in the undercover field units of the Mossad. 
Mossad’s Mistake Mitch Ginsburg, Times of Israel. The attack that began the Yom Kippur War caught everyone in Israel, including Golda Meir, by surprise—everyone except the Mossad.  A new look at Israel’s Pearl Harbor. 
The Razor’s Edge Dan Ephron, Daily Beast. How might war between Iran and Israel begin?  Former Mossad chief Ephraim Levy says the flash point could be the Iranian soldiers now in Syria helping the Assad regime.