Lyn Julius

40 years since Victoria and 80,000 others fled Iran.

I never gave liquorice much thought until I met Victoria. This lady, now in her 80s, had lived in Iran until 1979.  Her late husband’s business was to harvest the roots of the liquorice plants which proliferate naturally near the town of Kermanshah, and to sell the liquorice  for food …

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Why the Right of Return is a recipe for war.

The prospect of Donald Trump presenting a future US peace plan which excludes Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees has led to a single-minded focus by Palestinians and their supporters on their Right of Return. The leader of the UK opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has been to Jordan to reaffirm his support for …

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Why is the story of the Jewish refugees so little known?

The question of Arab and Islamist anti-Jewish hatred goes to the heart of the conflict with Israel. So why have Jewish refugees been so neglected? Seventy years ago, the newly-established State of Israel opened the floodgates to hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees. Many were Holocaust survivors from the displaced …

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The Jewish Exodus which Corbyn ignores.

Hardly a day goes by without another shocking revelation of Jeremy Corbyn’s association with antisemites. But while most of us recoil at Corbyn’s documented support for his ‘friends’ Hamas and Hezbollah, his appearances on the Iranian-funded Press TV, and his tribute to the perpetrators of the Munich massacre, little has …

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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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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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