'THE JEWS AND THE LONGEST KISS IN HISTORY'
A Film by Frédérique Cifuentes Morgan
In the presence of the filmmaker.
The Longest Kiss in History is where the Blue and the White Niles meet. This is where the story of the Jews of the Sudan starts, with only eight Jewish families living under Egyptian-Turkish rule before 1880. In 1977 a group of Jewish people, having fled persecution in the Sudan during the 1960's, organized a highly secret mission to transfer the buried remains in the Jewish cemetery and the Torah Scrolls from Khartoum to Jerusalem....
NUCLEAR TERRORISM AS AN INTELLIGENCE CHALLENGE
A lecture by Prof Ephraim Kahana
Nuclear terrorism remains a threat to the USA and to the entire western world's national security. Although a nuclear terrorist attack seems to be an unlikely occurrence, evidence reveals that the possibility of terrorist groups acquiring a nuclear device, successfully transporting it to the USA and detonating it is a real concern for policy makers and security experts.
In the lecture the current threat of nuclear terrorism will be analysed and especially the role of the western intelligence agency to prevent this ultimate catastrophe. Without excellent intelligence, nuclear terrorism may be unavoidable. How do the intelligence agencies attempt to make this ultimate thread preventable will be discussed in the lecture.
THE ARAB SPRING AS AN INTELLIGENCE CHALLENGE
A lecture by Prof Ephraim Kahana
The Arab Spring started in December 2010 in Tunisia when Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor, committed suicide by setting himself on fire in protest to illegal and forceful confiscation of his goods by the municipal authorities. Leading to the Tunisian revolution, this event was the first major noticeable act of civilian dissent that was going to become a regular feature over the next years all over the Middle-East, leading to some major revolutions and regime changes. The Tunisian revolution has spilled over with civilian uprisings and protests in other Arab countries including, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Sudan resulting in the leaders' fall from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
In the lecture we will discuss the various reasons that led to a worldwide failure to predict or pre-empt the Arab Spring.
'THE SMOUHA CITY VENTURE; ALEXANDRIA 1923-1958'
A Book Launch by Richard Smouha presented by The SPIRO ARK, HARIF and the CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE
"He was the only foreigner who came to the country, brought his own money and did good to the country" so said the exiled Egyptian King Faud on the death of the Iraqi-Jewish cotton trader from Manchester named Joseph Smouha.
In a city where the Jewish community today is down to five Jews, Smouha's legacy is ironically, perpetuated in a residential suburb of Alexandria called Smouha City. The story of how Joseph Smouha came to buy, build, and eventually lose Smouha City to the Egyptian State, is told by his grandson Richard (Dicky) Smouha....
Northern and Victoria Lines: Warren Street Station (0.5 mile)
Metropolitan, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City Lines: Great Portland Street Station (0.2 mile)
Bakerloo Line: Regents Park (0.3 mile)
Central, Victoria and Bakerloo Lines: Oxford Circus (0.4 mile)
Nearby bus routes from NW London:
13 to Oxford Circus (plus 0.4 mile walk)
If you come to Oxford st. you can go through the back entrance of John Lewis straight into Harley st. and turn right into New Cavendish St. and you are just in front of the Central Synagogue building on 36 Hallam St.
82 to Blandford Street (plus 0.7 mile walk)
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