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Remembering the Farhud

June 1st marked the 65th anniversary of the Farhud, the pogrom that effectively ended 2,600 years of vibrant Jewish cultural life in Iraq. In 1941, as Jewish communities across the world celebrated the festival of Shavuot, Baghdad’s Jewish elite crossed Al Khurr Bridge after greeting the returning ruler of Iraq, Abdul al-Ilah. In a tangled tango danced by the forces of Nazi propaganda and a colonized Iraq, Baghdad’s masses unleashed a firestorm that would serve as a rallying point for the mass emigration of Babylonian Jewry to Israel…and the fervent anti-Zionism of Iraq’s Muslims. At around 3 pm, a violent mob began to attack Jews and their property in the Al Rusafa and Abu Sifyan neighborhoods. The attack would spread and last for 2 days. It ended the sojourn of Israel in historic Babylon.

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  1. Use this whenever the pesident of Iran whines about the pals being punished for what the Germans did. Tell them the pals are being punished for what their fellow arabs did to them. The arabs throw out Jews, (who had nothing to do with the establishment of Israel) and in return the Jews throw out arabs.
    Sure it’s still unfair to the “innocent” pals but the fact that no arab government apologized for punishing innocent Jews shows that, given the chance, they will do it again. Won’t you be glad when there is an israel waiting for you then?
    Now when I say, “use this”, I mean with other Jews. They are the relevant factor in all this, because frankly, they are dying to lose this war.

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