‘Threatened Jews could not seek justice’

Take it from Iraqi Jew Joe Samuels: there was no coexistence between Muslims and Jews, there was only ‘existence’ of the Jews in Arab lands. Here in the Times of Israel is Joe’s rebuttal to the Presbyterian Church’s study guide, Zionism Unsettled:

Here are some examples of how the ‘Arab Jews’
lived in harmony with their hosts: I survived the Farhud (180 Jews were
murdered men, women and children, on June 1 & 2 1941). I was 11
years old. Google Farhud or read Edwin Black’s book “The Farhud”. This
cause of the Farhud wasn’t  Zionism. The Farhud was purely an
anti-Jewish act.

 At 14, I was chased by two Muslim youths with a knife
for stopping them from molesting my neighbor’s teenage daughter in
broad daylight. At 18, after graduation from Al A’Adadiah High School, I
was refused an exit visa to leave Iraq to study in America, because I
was Jewish. My story is not unique. I am one of 150,000 Iraqi Jews who
was discriminated against, oppressed, and forced to escape religious
persecution because of my  faith.

In May, 1948, after failed attempts to destroy
Israel in its fight for independence, the Iraqi government turned
against its Jewish citizens whose ancestors had been there continuously
for over 2,500 years. Arrests, torture, imprisonment and hanging of Jews
sent fear in every Jewish person’s heart. It was the fear for my life
that made me attempt to be smuggled out of Iraq in December, 1949. I was
smuggled through Iran and found my freedom for the first time in
Israel. In 1941 during the Farhud, there was nowhere to run to. Thank
God Israel was there to take us. I started my life there, like many Jews
from Muslim countries, as a homeless, penniless refugee.

Your comment that “the Jews in Arab lands
lived in harmonious integration and coexistence in their host countries
and were destabilized because of Zionism in the 19th century”
is totally misleading and wrong. First there was no coexistence between
Muslim and Jews. There was existence of the Jews in Arab lands. We had
to pay bribes regularly and take abuse without seeking justice. For
example when a Jewish girl was raped, when a Muslim customer didn’t pay
my father for merchandise he bought, or when a Muslim murdered a Jew, we
wouldn’t seek justice for fear of the threat of retaliation.

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Presbyterians have it back-to-front on Zionism (Huffington Post)


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