TURKEY

INTERVIEW

The Teacher of the Teachers: LILI BAROKAS
The Teacher of the Teachers: LILI BAROKAS
Salom talked with one of the pillars of balet in Turkey, 84 years old LILI BAROKAS
A prominent name in all branches of music: Buket Bahar
A prominent name in all branches of music: Buket Bahar
Buket Bahar, whom we know from musicals and music performances, lately started doing Turkish adaptation of theme songs for famous animated cartoons. She is also singing these songs. We talked with Buket Bahar about performance arts and her work in the field of education.
Founder of ‘JEWS OF TIRE’ from Turkey: “It is our responsibility to share our Jewish Community’s stories with the world”
Founder of ‘JEWS OF TIRE’ from Turkey: “It is our responsibility to share our Jewish Community’s  stories with the world”
Located approximately southeast side of Izmir city, Tire is not often mentioned when speaking of Jews from Turkey. While searching the archives, Murat Sanus, a director at the Municipality of Tire, discovered the old pictures of Tirean Jewish couples and then his journey began...
The free world can’t say, “We didn’t know about the Holocaust!”
The free world can’t say, “We didn’t know about the Holocaust!”
Our guest is University of Warsaw Sociology Department Professor Pawel Spiewak, who has been the director of the Warsaw-based Jewish History Institute since 2011. Spiewak visited the Private Ulus Jewish High School as part of a trip supported by the Polish government to help develop new projects to promote Jewish culture and history. Spiewak answered our questions on behalf of Salom Newspaper, although his answers on the details of the Holocaust and the life stories of Poland’s Jews naturally overshadowed our queries.
Eitan Na’eh: Breaking up relations is easy, rebuilding is much difficult
Eitan Na’eh: Breaking up relations is easy, rebuilding is much difficult
Israel appointed Mr. Eitan Na’eh, who served as a secretary at the embassy in Ankara back in 1993, as the new ambassador to Turkey. This is the first time that this post has been filled since 2010, marking the full restoration of ties between the two countries after six years of animosity. On an exclusive interview with Ambassador Na’eh, we discussed the future of Turkish-Israeli relations, the East Mediterranean energy corridor and the Middle East.
“The younger generation now should reclaim Judeo-Spanish”
“The younger generation now should reclaim Judeo-Spanish”
Following my arrival to Seattle in September 2014 to pursue my doctoral studies at the University of Washington, I met with Professor Naar at his office. While I was completing my master’s thesis in London a year ago, I contacted him. A couple of months later I was in his office, meeting my doctoral thesis advisor for the next six years. I still remember our talk on stuffed vine leaves and how to find them in Seattle. This is an interview on Professor Naar´s new book ‘Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece’, Judeo-Spanish, and the situation of Sephardic studies in the academia. At the same time, this interview can be read as a short story of identity, memory, and space.
Farewell to Amira Oron, chargé d’affaires of Israel in Turkey
Farewell to Amira Oron, chargé d’affaires of Israel in Turkey
The diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Israel in the wake of the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 led to downgrade the diplomatic relations; to having a chargé d´affaires rather than an ambassador. During the Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, relations between the two countries reached a new low. In this sensitive time, Amira Oron, a veteran diplomat, was appointed as the new chargé d´affaires at the Israeli Embassy in Ankara. She witnessed the improvement of the relations and at the end reaching the long waited reconciliation agreement which led both countries to appoint ambassadors for the first time in six years. We talked with Amira Oron the difficulties and opportunities encountered working in Turkey, the relations between Turkey and Israel, her love for Turkey and for Besiktas football team.
Israeli parliamentarians in NATO conference for the first time
Israeli parliamentarians in NATO conference for the first time
NATO’s annual Parliamentary Assembly was held in Istanbul last week. Mickey Levy from Yesh Atid and Omer Barlev from Zionist Union, represented ...
“Anti-Semitism is a very dangerous symptom; it says something is wrong with the society”
“Anti-Semitism is a very dangerous symptom; it says something is wrong with the society”
With Natan Sharansky, we talked about the new anti-Semitism, his views on Turkey-Israel relations and his observations on the Turkish Jewish Community
Henrique Cymerman: “Hamas was saved by the gong with Turkish-Israeli reconciliation agreement”
Henrique Cymerman: “Hamas was saved by the gong with Turkish-Israeli reconciliation agreement”
Pope Francis named him as his “Angel of Peace”. We talked with Henrique Cymerman, an award-winning journalist and university lecturer who has covered current affairs in the Middle East for more than 25 years, the reconciliation agreement between Turkey and Israel, and its effects to Gaza and Israeli-Palestinian relations.
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