The Forgotten Refugees – 1,000,000 Jews Expelled from Muslim Lands

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In 1945 there were up to one million Jews living in the Middle East and North Africa outside the Palestine Mandate – many living in … all » communities dating back more than three millennia. Today, there are only several thousand remaining.

Who are these Jews? What precipitated their mass-exodus in the 20th century? Where did they go? And why do we always hear about the Palestinian refugees, but didn’t even know these Jewish refugees existed?

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4 comments on this post.
  1. Allen:

    An excellent documentary on history of Middle East from a Jewish perspective. Everyone should watch this documentary and wonder how quickly the culture of the Middle East has changed in just 70 years.

  2. Gea:

    Why is world and UN not paying attention to these Jews who lived under dhimmitude (Apartheid) in Muslim countries and had to flee with their lives before and around when Israel was created in 1948 and ended with 1967 victory of the Jews.

    Palestinian Arabs from Gaza and West Bank should be given the properties and lands (in areas about 5 areas of Israel) and let Israel within defensible borders West of Jordan and north of Sinai. Only then there would be hope that Arabs would give up their delusional Jew-hating genocidal desires for Israel and looting what Jews had built.

    Arab countries had created this problem of Arabs by not letting refugees settle among them and by the UN who keeps them on the dole for 5 generations. Israel is the ONLY democracy in the Middle East with no natural resources or fossils except sun and human potential of Jews, who had turned West Palestine into a great country from swamp and desert. Live and let live. Islam has to REFORM to make it compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or has no place in the modern society.

  3. 1389:

    No matter what land or concessions the Muslims get, they will never make peace with Israel. Their Qur’an forbids it.

    Not another penny of aid for Muslims, not another square inch of land, nothing.

  4. Jennifer Badani:

    The Jewish Exodus fromArab Lands 1947–1967A SERIES OF FIVE PROGRAMS PART TWO
    Saturday January 25, 2014 at 7:30pmTHE UNTOLD STORY OF ALMOST A MILLION REFUGEES
    Dr. Mordechai KedarScholar of Middle Eastern Cultures, Bar Ilan University
    Dr. Kedar will explain why the story of the Jewish refugees from Arab
    lands was so unknown for many years. Why has this changed recently?
    He will cover topics like the mindset of the Israeli society and leadership
    during the 50s and 60s, Israeli priorities, self-presentation, stereotypes,
    and relations between communities.

    Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.)
    Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence
    specializing in Arab political discourse,
    Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the
    Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic
    Literature at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an
    expert on Israeli Arabs.

    PART THREE
    Sunday February 2, 2014 at 7:30pm
    THE JEWS OF YEMEN
    Dr. Isaac Hollander
    Department of History, University of Toronto
    Dr. Hollander will discuss the Jews of Yemen and their dramatic exodus
    to Israel. Dr. Hollander’s research has exposed the intricate relationships
    between Jewish villagers and their Muslim counterparts in the decades
    preceding the 1949 Jewish exodus from Yemen.

    Isaac Hollander (Ph.D. Hebrew University)
    specializes in the social complexity of the
    Middle East and in particular the relationship
    over time between the world of Arabic Islam
    and the Jewish people. His book, Jews and
    Muslims in Lower Yemen: A Study in Protection
    and Restraint, 1918–1949 (Brill 2005),
    offers a rare portrait of rural life in Yemen.

    OTHER PROGRAMS
    IN THIS SERIES:
    All programs begin at 7:30 pm
    March 2 (Sun.), 2014
    Farewell Babylon
    Naim Kattan
    Iraqi Jewish writer, Montreal
    April 6 (Sun.), 2014
    The Jews of Libya
    Dr. Gina Waldman
    Founder of JIMENA (Jews
    Indigenous to the Middle East and
    North Africa), San Fransisco
    Presented by the Jewish Diversity
    and Israel Connections Committees
    CANADIAN
    FRIENDS OF
    KULANU
    Program co-sponsors:
    Join us as we explore the stories of our own Jewish refugees.
    Doors open 7 pm and program begins at 7:30 pm.
    Light refreshments will be served.
    Cost: $5 for members and students. $10 for non-members.
    Congregation Darchei Noam, 864 Sheppard Ave. W., Toronto
    For more information contact: Andria 647-345-6249,
    aspindel@rogers.com or Stuart 647-968-9382, da7jo4@gmail.com
    Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.)
    Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence
    specializing in Arab political discourse,
    Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the
    Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic
    Literature at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an
    expert on Israeli Arabs.
    Isaac Hollander (Ph.D. Hebrew University)
    specializes in the social complexity of the
    Middle East and in particular the relationship
    over time between the world of Arabic Islam
    and the Jewish people. His book, Jews and
    Muslims in Lower Yemen: A Study in Protection
    and Restraint, 1918–1949 (Brill 2005),
    offers a rare portrait of rural life in Yemen.

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