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  • Jews in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan Live in Muslim World, but Feel at Ease

    At a time when some Jews despair at the apparent depth of Muslim hatred for Jews around the world, perhaps the warmest Muslim-Jewish relations can be found, surprisingly, in the former Soviet Union. To illustrate how devoted they are to ex-Soviet Azerbaijan, the country’s “Mountain Jews” cite the heroism of Jewish soldier Albert Agarunov —… More ▸

  • Group Eyes More Trade Ties Between Israel and Azerbaijan

    Lawyer Eduard Chernin keeps an Israeli flag on his desk in his office here in the capital of this former Soviet republic. Chernin, the chairman of the Azerbaijan-Israel Friendship Society, says the people of the two countries have a lot in common. “There’s a similar mentality — friendly and open. And Haifa and Baku are… More ▸

  • Azerbaijan Courts Jews, Israel to Try and Win Favor with the U.S.

    Every time an American Jewish delegation visits the Jewish community in Baku, Azerbaijan’s president goes out of his way to meet with the group. President Heydar Aliyev was in Moscow when a delegation of more than 90 U.S. Jewish federation leaders arrived in Baku last week for their annual Voyage of Discovery mission. But when… More ▸

  • Israel Signs Health Pacts with Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan

    Israel has signed cooperative health agreements with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, former Soviet republics. Israeli Health Minister Ephraim Sneh signed the accords during a short visit to the Central Asian countries this week. The agreements regulate exchanges of medical information and experts and will enable Israeli manufacturers to operate in the two countries. The accords also… More ▸

  • The Jews of Azerbaijan Enjoy Freedom, Republic Leader Says

    The Jews of Azerbaijan have full freedom of religion, the republic’s president, Heydar Aliyev, assured a visiting delegation this week. That message, to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was reinforced in a meeting with the chief Muslim cleric of the former Soviet republic, which is largely Muslim and borders Iran. “Any relations that Azerbaijan… More ▸