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The extinction of Jewish heritage in northern Cyprus

The Turkish invasion brought with it destruction to non-Muslim historic sites, such as relics of Jewish life since the Temple era.

  • Op-ed

Cyprus has a special place in Jewish history. Jews are deeply rooted in this island country, whence they once obtained wine for the incense used in the Temple (Jerusalem Talmud Yoma 4), possibly produced by Jews living there.

  • Uzay Bulut

Jews have lived in Cyprus for millennia, according to historical records. Hadassah Magazine reports:

“Cyprus and Eretz Yisrael had trade relations by the third century B.C.E., and Jews began to settle the island.

In the first century B.C.E., the Roman emperor Augustus gave Herod, king of Judea, part of the…

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