1st Edition

The Jewish Exodus from Iraq, 1948-1951

By Moshe Gat Copyright 1997
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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"

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    Moshe Gat