Moroccan Jews Bring Traditional Fig Brandy to New York City [Tablet]
Born in a small town called Taznakht in the south of Morocco, Nahmias grew up in a family of Moroccan moonshine producers. Mahia—which means “water of life”—is essentially a fig brandy, flavored with a small amount of anise. For hundreds of years, Morocco’s mahia trade was dominated by Jews, who sold to everyone, from their rabbis to their Muslim neighbors. (At its peak in the mid-20th century, the Moroccan Jewish community numbered over 250,000; there are now approximately 2,500 Jews left, mostly in Casablanca.)
Hungarian Radio Lauds Assault on Synagogue President [Haaretz]
A Hungarian nationalist online radio station called the recent assault on a Jewish community leader in Budapest a “response to general Jewish terrorism.” “Predictably and unfortunately, the good attackers were captured very quickly,” the news edition of Szent Korona Radio, or Holy Crown Radio, reported.
Im Tirtzu Sees Fruits of Labor in Proposed Closing of Ben Gurion Politics Department [Forward]
On October 23, the government’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) will decide whether to accept a recommendation of its quality control subcommittee and stop enrollment in 2013, effectively closing the department. The recommendation is ostensibly based on a routine evaluation of all Israeli politics departments, which began five months after the Im Tirtzu report — but the very academic who headed the evaluation has taken the CHE to task for acting out of step with its own findings.
Greek Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party Opens NYC Office [Yeshiva World News]
“While we vigorously defend freedom of speech, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, together with all freedom-loving New Yorkers, are deeply offended by the presence here in Queens, the most diverse borough in the most diverse city in the world, of this xenophobic, racist and anti-Semitic movement. Their ideology is rejected by the Greek community here in Queens and we will continue to work with our local ethnic and faith partners to combat all forms of racism and intolerance,” said Alan S. Jaffe, President of Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
French Jew Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics [Times of Israel]
The 2012 prize went to the scientists “for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems,” the website of the Nobel Prize said. According to the BBC, the pair developed solutions to pick, manipulate and measure photons and ions individually, allowing an insight into a microscopic world that was once just the province of scientific theory.
In Debate Between One-State and Two-State Future, Journalist Says Choice is Made [+972]
The PA would then have been motivated to show democratic reforms, redress corruption and generally demonstrate state-worthiness, like some of the other state-hopeful cases. Instead, the opposite has happened. Over the last year, Israel has wielded military, political and legal power to continue its land grabs in the West Bank. It has entrenched the legal and physical infrastructure of control over area C, ensuring separation of the Israeli and Palestinian populations, and discrimination against latter, who live under military government. Even PA control in area A remains circumscribed by Israeli military law.
Rockets, Mortars Land in Israel’s Negev Region, No Injuries Reported [Ynet]
Terrorist groups in the Israel early Monday morning. The shells landed in communities in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries, although two buildings were lightly damaged and several goats were killed due to an explosion in an animal corner