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Amir, Eli
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Born in Baghdad in 1937, Eli Amir arrived in Israel with his family in 1950 during the mass immigration from Iraq and was sent, with other teenagers, to Kibbutz Mishmar Ha-Emek. He later found work in the office of the prime minister, becoming in turn Arab affairs adviser, deputy director general of the Ministry of Immigrant Affairs, and director general of the Youth Immigration Division of the Jewish Agency (Aliyat Ha-Noʿar), where he applied lessons from his own experience to help new adolescent arrivals.

Amir's writing is characterizd by humor that helps lubricate the way fo…

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Nancy E. Berg, “Amir, Eli”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0001870>
First published online: 2010

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