Issue 40

July 2016
The Tower Magazine

In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Jewish Past Comes to Life

JULIE LENARZ explores the deepening ties between Israel and the Kurdish quasi-state—and the increased Kurdish recognition of their own Jewish community.

continue reading >> Sherzad Mamsani . Photo: Wikimedia

Five Years After Huge Protests, What's Changed?

In the summer of 2011, hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets hoping for social change and a better way of life. YITZHAK BRONSTEIN explores the surprising fruits of the movement.

continue reading >> Around 200,000 Israelis march in Tel Aviv, August 7, 2011. Photo: Matanya Tausig / Flash90

Remembering the Destruction of Iraqi Jewry

Seventy-five years ago, Jews were victim to a broad campaign of murder, rape, and dispossession known as the 'Farhud.' EDY COHEN looks at the origins of the pogrom and its connection to today's Palestinian terror movement.

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Why Is Iran Still Testing Ballistic Missiles?

The Iran deal was supposed to end Tehran's nuclear ambitions. But as DAN FEFERMAN discovers, a crucial part of their program is going full speed ahead.

continue reading >> Photo: pacificfreeintel / YouTube

Tel Aviv's Vibrant Underbelly

MATTHEW SCHULTZ explores the neglected neighborhood of Neve Sha'anan, and discovers a world of immigrants, locals, and a flourishing culture.

continue reading >> African migrants walk between blocks of houses in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood. Photo: Zuzana Janku / Flash90

PHOTOS: Israelis in Cafés Getting Coffee

Every culture loves its coffee, but in the Jewish state, java junkies take inspiration from the best of Europe and the Middle East. With coffee this good, who needs Starbucks?

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