"Internet nexus of cultural Judaism" — Examiner.com
Suggestion by David from Long Island.
"The Middle East (sans one obvious nation) gives us undeniable trouble."Challenge accepted :-)The first handful are easy:1) Egypt: Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls guitarist), Roland Moreno (smart card inventor) and Layla Murad (official singer of the Egyptian revolution!).2) Iran: Nasser David Khalili (largest collector of Islamic art), David & Paul Merage (inventors of Hot Pockets) and Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (Grand Vizier!).3) Iraq: Saatchi & Saatchi (advertisers and art patrons), Sassoon Eskell (finance minister) and Nessim Joseph Dawood (Qur'an translator!).4) Syria: Émile Benveniste (linguist). Also, Jerry Seinfeld and Paula Abdul have a Syrian parent each and Duane Reade, Century 21 and The Wiz were all founded by Syrian Jews.5) Turkey: Dario Moreno (singer), Isak Andic (founder of Mango) and Munis Tekinalp (Turkish nationalist).The next handful are a bit trickier but still doable:6) Kuwait: Saleh and Daoud Al-Kuwaity (musicians).7) Lebanon: Edmond Safra (billionaire banker) and David Nahmad (art dealer and backgammon world champion).8) Palestine: Uri Davis (member of Fatah Revolutionary Council) and Juliano Mer-Khamis (assassinated actor and director).9) Saudi Arabia: David Reubeni (mystic adventurer) and two of Muhammad's partners (Safiyya bint Huyayy and Rayhana bint Zayd).10) Yemen: Ofra Haza was born to Yemenite parents, as were all three Israeli Eurovision winners (Izhar Cohen, Gali Atari and Dana International).The final four are genuinely tough, though. Here's the best I could do:11) Jordan: Herbert Samuel was High Commissioner of Palestine when it still included Transjordan.12) Oman: Isla Fisher, born in Oman to Scottish parents, converted to Judaism before marrying Sacha Baron Cohen.13) Qatar: Arthur Neslen was a correspondent for Qatar-based al-Jazeera.14) UAE: David Fisher is the architect of the proposed Dynamic Tower in Dubai.
Wow! Somebody did their homework! Is Jonj looking for a third partner? ;-)
I'd like to say I'm impressed. Well done.
Thanks for the info. Very impressive.
Wow. But you missed Djibouti. ;-)