With thanks: Michelle and Kheder
Update: the US-backed Arabic channel Al Hurrah has an interview with kippa-wearing Steven Maman. Maman draws parallels between the suffering of the Yazidis and the Jewish experience of persecution.
For the first time, an Iraqi newspaperhas paid tribute to Jewish philanthropist Steve Maman.
Steve Maman and his family
Journalist Imran Hussein profiles Maman and his work to rescue Yazidis and Christians from Islamic State in Iraq.
However, Hussein describes Maman simply as a Montreal businessman with a wife and six chldren, making no reference to the fact that he is an observant Jew from Morocco. The mere mention of Maman is nevertheless a breakthrough, indicating that the Iraqi press is freeer than it has ever been in the past.
In another example of Iraqis reaching out to Jews, the committee for the defence of religious and ethnic groups in Iraq has extended its greetings to Iraqi Jews on the occasion of Hanucah.
The logo of the Committee for the defence of religious and ethnic groups in Iraq.
Ala Mahdi sends congratulations and blessings. “Our brothers in humanity the Jews in particular
loved us Iraqis wherever they were in the world. Merry Christmas free of
all manifestations of mourning and sadness.”