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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Choice- "The most important assessment in English. It is highly recommended. "
Middle Eastern Studies- "a well researched and documented three years drama of the decline and fall of a 2,500-year-old community"
Journal of Palestine Studies - "At the very least, this should provoke further exploration of what Ben-Gurion termed "cruel Zionism", a phrase conspicuously absent from Gat"s book".
The International History Review - "..Kaiser"s thorough and lively work..."
Middle East Journal- "Moshe Gat addresses many of the central issues surrounding the emigration debate, covering already familiar territory while adding some interesting new details and hypotheses to the literature."
Australian Jewish News- " Gat offers what is perhaps the first balanced and genuinely scholarly account of the exodus"