Seventy-four years to the day after 180 Jews were killed in a Baghdad pogrom known as the Farhud, representatives of the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewish organizations gathered at the UN in New York to demand recognition of the sufferings of Jews from Arab lands. The Jerusalem Post reports:
An anti-Jewish demonstration in Iraq
Organizers, representing a range of Jewish groups, named June 1 as International Farhud Day.
Jews and gentiles lack awareness of the plight of the hundreds of
thousands of Jews forced out of their countries in the mid-20th century
and of those in Iraq who were massacred for the “crime” of being
Jewish, said Ambassador David Roet, deputy permanent representative of
the Israel Mission to the UN.
Their story, “too long neglected and ignored,” is one that “many would wish remain forgotten,” he added.
Jewish community of Iraq, dating back to pre-Arab Babylonian times,
found that “anti-Semitism was not confined to their European brothers
and sisters” when the violence broke out on the Shavuot holiday in
1941, shortly after British forces defeated a pro-Nazi coup in the
Intense anti-Semitic and pro-German propaganda
and the belief that the Jewish community was in league with the
British spurred local Arabs to launch the pogrom, wounding some 2,000
people and destroying 1,500 stores and homes.
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