The Jewish Exodus from Iraq, 1948-1951

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Routledge, Jul 4, 2013 - History - 224 pages
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In this study, Moshe Gat details how the immigration of the Jews from Iraq in effect marked the eradication of one of the oldest and most deeply-rooted Diaspora communities. He provides a background to these events and argues that both Iraqi discrimination and the actions of the Zionist underground in previous years played a part in the flight. The Denaturalization law of 1950 saw tens of thousands of Jews registering for emigration, and a bomb thrown at a synagogue in 1951 accelerated the exodus.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
1 The Socioeconomic Conditions of the Jewish Community
5
2 The Jewish Community in the Independent Iraqi State
17
3 Iraq Changes its Official Policy towards the Jewish Community
32
A Turning Point for the Jewish Community
51
5 The Legislation on Jewish Emigration
68
6 Organizing the Exodus
79
7 Iraq Israel and the Jewish Emigration Question
106
8 The Property Freezing Law March 1951
144
9 Was Terror Employed to Accelerate the Exodus?
160
10 Conclusion
192
Abbreviations and Bibliography
196
Index
205
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About the author (2013)

Gat is Head of the General History Department, and senior lecturer in the Political Studies Department at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

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