Iraqi politician al-Sadr would ‘welcome’ Jews back

Moqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon (On the Move) Alliance party narrowly won the
majority of parliamentary seats in Iraq’s recent elections. Not for the first time (back in 2012/13), he has said he would welcome the return of Iraq’s Jews, more evidence of ‘pie-in-the-sky’ thinking without acknowledgement of the wrongs done to this community. Report on the MEMO (Muslim Brotherhood) site (with thanks: Lily):

Leader of Iraq Sadrist movement, Muqtada
Al-Sadr (pictured), has welcomed the return of Iraqi Jews who immigrated from the
country after 1948.

Answering a question from one of his
supporters about the possibility of allowing Iraqi Jews who had been
displaced from Iraq to return, Al-Sadr said: “If their loyalty is to
Iraq then welcome.”

Jews represented more than two per cent of
the Iraqi population before 1947 but the figure dramatically decreased
in 1951 after many emigrating to the newly formed state of Israel.

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