Having nothing better to do on a train journey, Iraqi Muslim bloggerWafaa’ Al-Natheema decided to write a complaint to Nissim Rejwan about his book The last Jews in Baghdad, with its introduction by Joel Benin, published in 2004. (With thanks: Iraqijews)
Wafaa’ did not like the fact that Joel (who Wafaa’ thinks is a she) and Nissim (or ‘Naseem’ as she pointedly arabises the Iraqi-Jewish author’s name) insist on referring to Arabic-speaking Iraqi Jews, alienated by the pan-Arabism of the majority. Wafaa’s view is that ‘Iraqi Jews are nearly entirely Arabs’.
If the Iraqi Jews are Arabs of the Jewish religion, then Wafaa’ can take pride in their achievements as Iraqis. But as Arabs, they cannot belong to the ‘Jewish people’. Therefore they have no right, nor no need, to be Zionists. So many Arabs seem to take this line, but Wafaa’ is a well-educated Iraqi who has lived in the USA since 1980.
It gets worse. One realises how deeply Wafaa’ is in denial when she attempts to negate that Arab Sunnis are in a minority in Iraq.
And the world is flat.
See discussion here