The world knows nothing of ethnic cleansing of Jews

 This week Jews around the world are commemorating the 75th anniversary of a pogrom which devastated the Jewish community of Iraq and led to the ethnic cleansing of 850,000 Jews from Arab countries. Zvi Gabay explains in the Jerusalem Post. (with thanks: Imre)

During Shavuot Iraqi Jews will commemorate the
75th anniversary of the farhud – the cruel and bloody riots that took
place on Shavuot (June 1-2, 1941) against the small Jewish community of
Iraq.

In the riots, reminiscent of Kristallnacht in Germany,
179 Jews were murdered, hundreds more wounded and much Jewish property
looted. The memory of the riots remains fresh in the minds of the Iraqi
Jews in Israel and abroad.

Similar attacks occurred against
almost all Jews who lived in Arab countries. The Jews did not declare
war on their hosts. They never fought against them, as the Arabs in
Mandatory Palestine fought against the Jewish settlements and
afterwards against the nascent Jewish State of Israel.

The world has heard a great deal about the injustice that
happened to the Palestinian Arabs, under the code name “Nakba,” or
“catastrophe,” but knows almost nothing about the wrongs committed
against Jews in Arab countries. What happened in Iraq and the rest of
the Arab countries was in effect an ethnic cleansing of the Jews. Jews
were forced to leave behind their personal and communal properties
,including schools, hospitals, ancient synagogues, cemeteries and
prophets’ graves (some of which are being demolished now by Islamic
State). The Arab governments confiscated all Jewish property.

While
the Nakba is marked every year with demonstrations and wide media
coverage, the Jewish disaster does not merit any public or media
notice. This despite the fact that its human and physical dimensions
were larger than the Nakba (the number of Jewish refugees forced out of
their homes was about 856,000, while the Arabs who left Mandatory
Palestine numbered about 650, 000 according to UNRWA statistics).

Read article in full 

On Thursday 2 June 2016 Harif will be livestreaming the Official London Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Farhud. Tune in to the Harif Facebook page at approx 7. 45 pm (BST). 

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