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    Radio IFLAC: The Golden Age of the Jews from Egypt

    Text: Solveig Hansen

    In this interview, Motti Gerner talks with Prof. Ada Aharoni, Dr. Sara Zamir and singer and composer Shoshya Beeri-Dotan about the newly released book The Golden Age of the Jews from Egypt, edited by Prof. Aharoni. This book documents the stories of 73 individuals and families who were ousted from Egypt following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

    Among the topics discussed is the refugee situation, with so many Palestinians still living in refugee camps. By raising awareness of the mutual history of Jews and Palestinians and the mutual uprooting the book can play a part in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, says Aharoni, who has been researching the forced migration of the Jews from Arab countries in the 20th century.

    They also discussed the need for mutual recognition between the two peoples. According to Dr. Zamir, lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, some of the main obstacles to peace education are mistrust towards the peace process, and stereotyping, demonization and de-humanizing of the other party.

    Shoshya Beeri-Dotan is the singer of many of Aharoni’s poems put to music and released on the CD Rare Flower.

    Radio IFLAC interview

    From the left: Sara Zamir, Shoshya Beeri-Dotan,
    Ada Aharoni

    Further reading:

    Sara Zamir:
    Universal Obstacles to Peace Education – included in UNESCO-EOLSS (Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems)

    Ada Aharoni:
    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution Based on Mutual Recognition of National Aspirations

    The Forced Migration of Jews from Arab Countries and Peace

    The Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries


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