Burma’s Jews live in fear

Burma’s 20 remaining Jews, who mostly originate from Iraq, India and Iran, fear for their small community as tensions between the military junta and Buddhist monks rise. ‘Nobody knows what might happen tomorrow,’ they tell Itamar Eichner of Ynet news.

Very little is left of the Jewish community in Myanmar. At its peak in the 1940s, the community in former Burma numbered some 4,000 Jews, mostly of Iranian, Iraqi, and Indian origin. Now there are only 20 of them left.

Burma’s Jews started leaving it during World War II. Most fled when Japan invaded the country, choosing to immigrate to the United States and Israel.

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