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Monday, June 1, 2015

The Farhud in Iraq

Hat tip New English Review

I recently cross-posted an article by Jerry Gordon in the New English Review regarding UC Irvine. In that article, one of the people Jerry interviewed was Reut Cohen, a former UCI student. Jerry also interviewed Reut as to her family background, which goes back to the Iraqi Jewish community. She also has family members who lived in Syria. It is a fascinating interview as Reut hails from a Jewish family that experienced the pogrom against Jews in Iraq in 1941, the farhud.

This is a reminder as to anti-Semitism in the Middle East that pre-dated the creation of Israel as well as what happened to hundreds of thousands of Jews living in Arab countries when Israel was created.

http://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_draft_view.cfm/blog_id/61241




1 comment:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

This is a reminder as to anti-Semitism in the Middle East that pre-dated the creation of Israel

But not Jewish immigration to the region. There were Jews who had never lived in Europe living peacefully in the middle east UNTIL a bunch of European Jews showed up saying "What do you know about being Jewish. Here, try some filtered fish."

It all spiraled out of control from the beginning of large scale European Jewish immigration.

Previous periods of Islamic anti-Semitism: the Fatamid Caliphate, the Almohades (North African and Spain). Dynasties friendly to Jews: the Rashidun caliphs, the Umayyads, the Abbasids, and the Ottoman Turks.