February 19, 2010

Looking Back

Published February 09, 2010, issue of February 19, 2010.
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100 Years Ago in the Forward

David and Anna Saltz lived with their eight children in Greenville, Miss., where they ran a shoe store. Down the street was a custom tailor shop, where 19-year-old Abie Glassman worked. Right under David’s nose, Glassman and 45-year-old mother of eight Anna commenced an affair. Although the affair seemed to have been cut off after the Saltzes moved their store to Memphis, Tenn., Glassman showed up in Memphis, as well. And one fine day, Glassman and Anna disappeared with more than $3,000, leaving poor David to fend for his eight children and his store. Detectives from Memphis began an investigation and discovered the two holed up in an apartment in Brooklyn. Upon arrest, Glassman said that Anna talked him into the affair. Anna begged the police not to send her back to her husband, but both she and Glassman were put on a train to Memphis.

75 Years Ago in the Forward

Jerusalem’s City Council is an interesting organization. Up until this year, the council was essentially a rubber stamp for the city’s mayor, and corruption ruled. But with the increase in the number of Jews in Jerusalem, the number of Jewish members on the council has reached 50%. The other 50% is split between Christians and Muslims. Up until now, two political families have dominated Arab politics in the city, the Husseinis and the Nashashibis, the latter of which has controlled the mayoralty since the British arrived. But a third family, the Khalidis, has, with the support of the Husseinis and many of the city’s Jewish residents, won the most recent mayoral election. The new mayor, Dr. Hussein Khalidi, appointed a Jewish vice mayor, the first in recent times.

50 Years Ago in the Forward

Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser announced in an interview in Cairo that his country is expecting an attack by Israel at any minute, and that the necessary precautions have been made to defend Egypt against any aggression. In the same interview, Nasser added that Israel’s goal is to create an empire that stretches to the Euphrates from the Nile, but Israel would never achieve it. He also said that Israel must allow all Arab refugees to return to their homes. On the other side of the Middle East, the Iraqi premier, Abdel Karim Kassem, reiterated his statement on Baghdad radio that to free Palestine, a state must be created on the Jordanian-occupied West Bank.

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