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The Departure and Expulsion Memorial – the Jewish “Nakba” Memorial

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03.12.2021

A new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. Exodus 1:8

In the long war for minds and ideas, domestically and globally, Israel has a long history of poorly defending itself.

Today ~ 60% of Israelis trace their roots to Sephardic or Mizrahi origins. Though the Knesset passed a law ordering the annual recognition of November 30 as the day to know their story, little has been done.

From the Galut perspective and even from within Israel, the memory and meaning of the Sephardic/Mizrahi experience is known less and less. Yet, the Sephardic/Mizrahi story is as important to understand Israel as is the Holocaust.

November 30, 2021, the first-ever permanent Memorial to the 850,000 Jews from Arab countries and Iran, who were ethnically cleansed from their homes of millennia with the birth of Israel, was dedicated. The Memorial is located on the Sherover Promenade adjacent to the Hass Promenade in Jerusalem.

The Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation (JASHP), conceived, funded, and fabricated the Memorial with support from the City of Jerusalem, the World Sephardi Federation, and the Jerusalem Foundation. The Memorial is the artistic interpretation of the famous iconic 1947 image of a family of Yemenite Jewish refugees making their way through the desert in the hope of reaching safety in Israel. The Memorial is the brilliant work of noted Jerusalem sculptor Sam Philipe.

In and for Israel, JASHP has completed 17 projects. The........

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