Saturday, 3 September 2011

"Jewish" Naqba in Arab World Continues

WikiLeaks Document Sheds Light on Iraqi Jews

A U.S. diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks sheds light on the fate of Iraq’s Jews.
by Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 9/3/2011, 12:15 AM

Israeli Memorial to Jews Killed in Iraq
Israeli Memorial to Jews Killed in Iraq
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A U.S. diplomatic cable that has been leaked by WikiLeaks sheds light on the fate of Iraq’s Jews, AFP reported Friday.
According to the cable, Baghdad’s Jewish community numbered just eight people in late 2009, having fallen from 20 in 2003.
The cable cites a woman who spoke with a U.S. embassy staff member in October 2009 and who said, “There are now eight remaining members of the Iraqi Jewish community in Baghdad.”
“She stated that the community had numbered 20 persons in 2003, but that the number has declined as a result of old age, emigration, and sectarian violence,” says the cable, adding that the woman, a dentist, was “one of the last remaining Jews in Iraq.”

Iraq’s 90,000-strong Jewish community had been the most prosperous, prominent and well-integrated Jewish presence in the Middle East, with origins going back more than 2,500 years. By the 1930s, however, anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist sentiment was growing strong, under the influence of the rise of Nazi Germany.
On June 1, 1941, a devastating pogrom in Baghdad left approximately 150 Jews dead, hundreds more wounded, and nearly 600 Jewish businesses ransacked.
The anti-Jewish violence was led mainly by Iraqi soldiers, as well as members of the police and young paramilitary gangs.

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