Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Jewish bodies mark 'seminal' Farhud at UN

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.

Both 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.

The 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 country’s capital.

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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Today is International Farhud Day 

 'We thought the end was near - Farhud survivor - Jewish Chronicle

Video by the Arabic Al-Wanaltaqy

More articles on the Farhud 


Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

The pogroms in Libya in 1945 and 1967


bataween said...

Posted on 9 March 2011

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

". . . .and the belief that the Jewish community was in league with the British spurred local Arabs to launch the pogrom"
This line makes it sound like the Arabs had some reasonable reason to attack the Jews, since the Jews were in league with the British." In fact, the British preferred the Arabs to the Jews which showed up in the 1939 British White Paper. Don't the journalists consider whether or not there is any truth in the claim of British preference for the Jews??? Maybe they are too ignorant and lacking in historical background to realize that there is even a question here.