Lyn Julius

Remembering refugees on 30 November.

Linda Hakim left Iraq for London in 1970. But she has never been able to shake off the fear she had felt growing up as a Jew. She heard mobs in Baghdad, after Israel’s Six Day War victory, screaming ‘death to Israel, death to the Jews.” She escaped a lynch …

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Remembering Jewish Refugees on 30 November.

Linda Hakim left Iraq for London in 1970. But she has never been able to shake off the fear she had felt growing up as a Jew. She heard mobs in Baghdad, after Israel’s Six Day War victory, screaming ‘death to Israel, death to the Jews.” She escaped a lynch …

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Why Jewish Refugees are the correct response to BDS.

The man behind the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, Omar Barghouti, is a PhD student at Tel Aviv University. Yes, you read that right — Tel Aviv, Israel, home of “apartheid” and the worst of alleged human rights abuses. In an interview explaining the aims of the BDS …

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The Demons of the Farhud Pogrom are With Us Still.

Salim Fattal was just eleven when the two-day Baghdad pogrom known as the Farhud erupted on Shavuot (Pentecost) 74 years ago, yet its memory is engraved deep in his soul. Despite the passage of time, the shrieks and wails of the pogrom’s 179 Jewish victims still echo in his ears. …

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The Holocaust was an Arab story too.

On the day that the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, the UK liberal newspaper The Guardian declared in an editorial : “The Arabs, meanwhile, cannot be blamed for feeling that Europe’s blood debt to the Jews was paid with what they see as …

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Of Nakbas, fools and fingers.

Nakba week is over. The demonstrators have gone home. The Palestinian Authority have delivered their speeches and sounded their sirens. The Arab and ‘liberal’ western press and media have duly commiserated. But while Palestinians marked the 66th anniversary of the ‘catastrophic’ mass flight of Arab refugees from Israel in 1948, …

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Death of Egypt’s Jewish Community.

“We are dying, we are drowning,” says Magda Haroun, elected leader of Cairo’s Jews. In this melancholy two-minute news clip, she tells the BBC reporter that there is no future for the 12-member Jewish ‘community’ of Cairo. Her first priority, she says, is to look after the human beings – …

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The Mizrahi story can end the colonialist myth.

This summer’s Gaza war has highlighted the role of the media and opinion formers in shaping a hostile view of Israel and a more favourable understanding of Hamas. Two journalists, formerly staffers with mainstream media, Matti Friedman and Tom Gross, have called the biased reporting on the Arab-Israeli conflict a …

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Morocco: The lessons of the Petit Jean massacre.

  Last month, at the height of the Gaza war, French Jews in a Paris synagogue were shocked to find themselves the target of a near-pogrom by an enraged mob. And not only in France. Attacks on Jews in the UK went up 500 percent. Germany, Italy and Australia saw …

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UNESCO’s missing ‘hot potato’.

When UNESCO’s exhibit ‘People, Book, Land: 3,500 years of the Jewish people’s links with the Holy Land’ opened in Paris last week, it was one of the hottest days of the year. To the Jewish establishment’s relief, the demonstrators outside UNESCO’s plush headquarters had failed to show up. Hundreds of …

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Was the ‘Farhud’ Really a Nazi Event?

  Last week was the 73rd anniversary of a cataclysmic event in the tragic annals of Iraq’s Jews: the outbreak, on June 1-2, 1941, of the Farhud. The Farhud – a Kurdish word meaning “violent dispossession”  –  erupted at the peak of World War ll. During two days of rioting coinciding with …

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Jewish refugees from Arab lands: are they an issue, 60 years on?

This year is the 2,600 the anniversary of the Babylonian Exile, when Jews were taken into captivity following the destruction of the first Jerusalem Temple. Some of those Jews stayed on to become the oldest diaspora in modern-day Iraq. But sadly, only four remain of this once glorious community. It is …

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