Going, going, gone: the MidEast’s vanishing Jews

Here’s a great new tool from Irish4Israel to explain the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of almost one million Jews from the Middle East and North Africa in the last 60 years.

The inset on the top shows Lebanon: 14,000 Jews reduced to fewer than 50. The inset in the bottom right-hand corner shows Bahrain, which has 36 Jews. 

We expect that Yemen will go white within five years. If present trends continue there will be no Jews in Tunisia or Morocco in the next 15 to 20 years.


  • This month 13 Jews were expelled from Yemen….6 are left {Not counting Jewish women forced to Marry Non Jews…May the L-d See and do Justice for them)
    The Jews of Iraq number 3 still alive
    The last Jew of Afghanastan is preparing to leave

    How many more Arab/Muslin countires will follow the Yemenite Way and be Judenfrei?

  • Qoheleth, I would very much like to know about the Djibouti community, why they left and where they are now.

  • we know that the tribe iseral and judea dwelt in the promised land.because of their rebelling against GOD they were taken into captivity,first the 10 tribes of iseral and 100 years later,judah.all taken into babalon.judah went to king nebuchadnezzar.but iseral to, i understand,turkey and iran.is there any indacation that they made there way from turkey through germany and
    on to countries like sweden and irland etc

  • There were never more than 200 Jews in Kuwait. I don't think Djibouti had 'many' Jews. AFAIK, there was a Jewish tribe which converted to Islam 800 years ago.

    • This is very old I know so i do apologize.
      But as a Djibouti jew this is incorrect.
      There is still a preserved grave yard in Djibouti with graves much younger then the 1200's.
      It wasn't until the early -mid 2000's that the grand Beith Keneseth in Djibouti city was renovated and turned into a store front and offices. The era of the Jewish community of Djibouti ended in the past 70 years with migration.

  • Two countries should be added, Kuwait and Djibouti. Kuwait had many Iraqi Jews and Djibouti had many Yemenite Jews. Also all the Central Asian countries are not noted.

  • We Jews from Egypt are now happy CIVILISED people!So mabe it was a blessing in disguise. The only thing that hurts it the fact that the first have long gone and did not live to see our success as free and respected people. I am thinking about my parents who left us shortly after our exile.And this I cannot forgive or forget

  • Empress Trudy: I would give Iran and Turkey slightly longer than 10 years, maybe 20? But the downward trend is probably irreversible.

  • On the eve of the Six Day War, there was a banner waved in Lebanon that said, "First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people." Christians should take note of what's happened to the Jews in the Middle East and consider it an object lesson.

  • Best current estimates of Iran is that 'official' counts are way way off. Iran seems proud of the fact that there are still 25,000 Jews in Iran down from several hundred thousand in 1979. But the reality is closer to 8 or 9,000 total. Everyone else has left either with permission or without it. Similarly there's been a quiet Exodus from Turkey. Official numbers talk about 25,000 in Turkey but it's far more likely the number is about 17,000 and falling. In 10 years there will be zero Jews across the entirety of North Africa, the Mideast and West Asia outside of Israel. Zero. 10 years.


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