The Jewish Exodus from Iraq, 1948-1951 [NOOK Book]

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The Jewish Exodus from Iraq, 1948-1951 describes the eradication of one of the oldest communities of the Jewish Diaspora. In 1950 and 1951, more than 120,000 Jews left Iraq for Israel, most travelling by plane in the largest airlift in history. Scholars give various reasons for this exodus. Some point to the strength of Zionism amongst the Jews in Iraq whereas others blame the anti-Semitic policies of the Iraqi government. Yet others see the cause as a combination of Iraqi oppression and Zionist education. Gat ...
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The Jewish Exodus from Iraq, 1948-1951

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Overview

The Jewish Exodus from Iraq, 1948-1951 describes the eradication of one of the oldest communities of the Jewish Diaspora. In 1950 and 1951, more than 120,000 Jews left Iraq for Israel, most travelling by plane in the largest airlift in history. Scholars give various reasons for this exodus. Some point to the strength of Zionism amongst the Jews in Iraq whereas others blame the anti-Semitic policies of the Iraqi government. Yet others see the cause as a combination of Iraqi oppression and Zionist education. Gat argues that with the establishment of the Iraqi state in 1920, the Jews actively sought to integrate into Iraqi society. This integration was halted by the pogrom of June 1941 and the invasion of Israel by the Arabs in May 1948, after which the Iraqi government adopted a policy of oppression and discrimination against Jews.
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Argues that the migration of 120,000 Jews from Iraq to Israel was due to a combination of oppression within Iraq, Zionist leanings within the community, and a desire to help defend the newly created state of Israel from Arab attacks. Also describes the Israeli contribution, first with covert aid for strikes, boycotts, and information campaigns, then openly after the Iraqi government allowed Jews to leave legally. Paper edition (unseen), $18.50. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135246617
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 498 KB

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 The Socio-economic Conditions of the Jewish Community 5
2 The Jewish Community in the Independent Iraqi State 17
3 Iraq Changes its Official Policy towards the Jewish Community 32
4 The Crisis of October-November 1949: A Turning Point for the Jewish Community 51
5 The Legislation on Jewish Emigration 68
6 Organizing the Exodus 79
7 Iraq, Israel and the Jewish Emigration Question 106
8 The Property Freezing Law - March 1951 144
9 Was Terror Employed to Accelerate the Exodus? 160
10 Conclusion 192
Abbreviations and Bibliography 196
Index 205
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