The rhetoric against the Jewish community was becoming increasingly dangerous. We were referred to as a "fifth column". Our loyalty was questioned. We were accused of helping Iraq's enemies. And then in 1969, nine innocent Iraqi Jews were executed for treason.
Today I am a senior consultant at @IsraelArabic , creating digital content that connects Jews and Arabs around the world. One of the projects closest to my heart is our virtual embassy Facebook page IsraelinIraqi which focuses on Iraqi culture and our Jewish community's history.
My family and 5000 other Jews stayed behind. My father who was a well-known lawyer never questioned his identity. He felt Iraqi through and through. 📸To the left are my parents and to the right is a family photo including myself and my siblings.
In the decade that followed 132,000 Jews, 75% of the Jewish population fled Iraq. The Iraqi government confiscated their property. After they left, there was a small community left in Bagdad & Basra. 📸1951- an exit form banning a young Jew who left Iraq from ever returning.
Almost 70 years after forcibly expelling them from their homeland, Iraqi Jews are demanding the restoration of their Iraqi citizenship
Poster of Yemeni Huthie leader. sponsored by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomyani agency in Iraqi province Diyala for the Iranian sponsored day(Qudis Day) The slogan on the poster says: “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam".
Linda Abdul Aziz & her family were forced to flee ?? in the early 1970's but her father's fate, kidnapped by Iraqi authorities, is unknown. ?? commemorates the 850,000 Jews expelled from Arab lands. RT & reply to this tweet with #JewishRefugees to share your family's story.