Friday, August 15, 2014

' It could have been us. It used to be us'

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The catastrophic plight of the Yazidis and Christians in northern Iraq should remind every Jew of what life was like before we had a safe haven in Israel. Eloquent article ('We must not ignore this cry') in the Jewish Chronicle by Eylon Aslan-Levy.

"For Jews this tragedy has special resonance. This used to be us. This is how we lived before we had Israel: stateless, defenceless, helpless minorities under the perpetual Damocles sword of Genocide. This is how we lived: at the whim of hostile powers and the mercy of an apathetic or hapless international community.

This would have been the fate of Iraqi Jewry, had it not found a safe haven in its own sovereign corner of the Middle East. (...)

The Mizrachim among us are the lucky ones: the ones who got away."

Read article in full

Don't forget Iraq's oldest persecuted minority 

Minorities need a land of their own

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