Sunday, June 01, 2008

Baghdad Jews Have Become a Fearful Few

We have worked on hostage related issues and other matters affecting the Baghdad Jewish community for two years now. Always careful not to allow the media to highlight their plight lest it focus attention on them. And now this from an irresponsible New York Times reporter:

BAGHDAD — "I have no future here to stay."
Written in broken English but with perfect clarity, the message is a stark and plaintive assessment from one of the last Jews of Babylon.
The community of Jews in Baghdad is now all but vanished in a land where their heritage recedes back to Abraham of Ur, to Jonah's prophesying to Nineveh, and to Nebuchadnezzar's sending Jews into exile here more than 2,500 years ago.
Just over half a century ago, Iraq's Jews numbered more than 130,000. But now, in the city that was once the community's heart, they cannot muster even a minyan, the 10 Jewish men required to perform some of the most important rituals of their faith. They are scared even to publicize their exact number.

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