Jewish Refugee Day: Recognizing the 850,000 Jewish Refugees from Arab and Muslim Lands

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 11/30/2017 | Miriam Elman
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Today Israel marks a national day to remember the departure and expulsion of Jews from Arab countries and Iran.

The commemorative day, which was designated by Israel’s legislative body three years ago, comes as a belated recognition of the collective traumas experienced by between 850,000 to 1 million Jews who were expelled or who fled from their homes in the Middle East and North Africa over a span of three decades (from the 1940s until the 1970s).

Communities—many - Centuries - Years - Jews - Laws

Thriving Jewish communities—many of them centuries old—were literally wiped out during these years as Jews were subject to arrest and draconian anti-Jewish laws, and their properties and assets either seized or destroyed (some experts estimate this loss in property to be approximately $350 billion).

In Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Libya, Algeria and Iran, violence against Jews quickly followed, either instigated or tolerated by the authorities. The hostilities led to waves of Jews being uprooted, with many having to leave everything behind to run for their lives—often with nothing other than the clothes on their backs.

Coverage - Story - Refugees - Post - November

We provided detailed coverage of the story of these Jewish refugees in a post back in November of last year, November 30: Commemorating departure and expulsion of Jews from Arab and Muslim lands.

As we discussed, while the world has focused on the Palestinian refugees, few are aware of the forgotten exodus of Jewish refugees or the suffering that these Sephardic/Mizrachi Jews experienced on account of unhinged hostility toward Zionism and the very creation of the state of Israel. Watch below the series of short video clips produced by StandWithUs, shared via social media over the last several days, to get a full sense of the terrible, often horrific, experiences of these Jewish refugees:

Post - Jews - Pogroms - Violence - Persecution

You can also read in our post about how Jews were subjected to pogroms, systematic violence, and persecution. As we...
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