10% of Israel’s Population Is of Moroccan Descent

Rabat – The number of Moroccans living in Israel constitutes the second largest Moroccan diaspora after that of France.  The number of Moroccan immigrants living in Israel is around 800,000 according to a guide elaborated by the Ministry of Moroccans Residing Abroad. This number makes up a tenth of the entire population of the Jewish state, as well as beingthe second largest diaspora in the world according to the guide.The study incudes those individuals who “have kept a direct or indirect link with Morocco, whether or not they participate in the Moroccan life outside its borders.” France is home to the largest Moroccan diaspora with 1.3 million Moroccans. It is followed by Israel with 800,000, Spain with 758,000, Italy (506,000), Holland (460,000), Belgium (407,647), the United States (150,000), Germany (140,000), and Canada (120,000).In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates is home to largest Moroccan diaspora with 85,000 people. It is followed by Qatar with 75,000, Saudi Arabia with 43,216 and Kuwait with 21,843.Moroccans residing abroad transferred MAD 59.2 billion back to Morocco in 2014. The majority of these transfers came from France, Spain, Italy, the US and Arab Countries while Israel is at the bottom of the list.Moroccan Jews lived in Morocco since for over 2,000 years. Between 1961 and 1964, however, around 97,000 Moroccan Jews emigrated to Israel through Operation Yakhin conducted by the Israeli Mossad. read more

Modigliani masterpiece of female nude could bring 100 million at Christies auction

This image provided by Christie’s Images shows the painting “Reclining Nude,” created in 1917 to 1918 by Amedeo Modigliani, that caused a scandal nearly a century ago. The painting is going on the auction block for the first time and will be the highlight of Christie’s Nov. 9, 2015, sale in New York. (Courtesy of Christie’s Images via AP) Modigliani masterpiece of female nude could bring $100 million at Christie’s auction in NYC by The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2015 10:48 am MDT Last Updated Sep 3, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A painting of a female nude by Amedeo Modigliani (ah-mah-DAY’-oh moh-deel-YAH’-nee) that caused a scandal nearly a century ago is going on the auction block for the first time.“Reclining Nude” was created in 1917 to 1918. It will be the highlight of Christie’s Nov. 9 New York sale.The work’s presale estimate is over $100 million. That would exceed the current artist record of nearly $71 million.It’s one of Modigliani’s best-known works.It was among a series of female nudes created for his friend and dealer Leopold Zborowski (sbuh-ROH’-skee). They created a public outcry at Modigliani’s first and only one-man show, at a Paris gallery.It’s been exhibited at major museums worldwide, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art.The painting comes from a private Swiss collection. read more