The Forgotten Millions
The Modern Jewish Exodus From Arab LandseBook - 2000
Describes the situations of the long-established Jewish communities of the Arab world, the forces that led them to immigrate to Israel, and the conditions that shaped their new lives in a Jewish state led by Jews of a different heritage
The untold story of how the once flourishing Jewish communities in the Arab Middle East have virtually disappeared.
The Forgotten Millions tells the story of the modern Jewish exodus from the Arab lands against the backdrop of the historical presence of Christian and other minorities. The Jewish presence in this area-present-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, the Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen-preceded the rise of Islam by more than a thousand years. These Jewish communities often played a leading role in the development of the region, particularly as recorded in the Cairo Genizah, with which the book begins.
In 1948 when the state of Israel was declared, there were an estimated 870,000 Jews in the region. By 1986, a generation later, the ancient Jewish peoples had virtually disappeared. Only about 20,000 remain, mainly in North Africa. Of these refugees, some 200,000 opted for the Americas and other Western countries; the majority migrated to Israel, where today they and their progeny comprise over 40 per cent of the population. What happened to trigger the transfer of whole communities? Why did this historic movement and the tragedy that preceded it fail to leave their impress either on the contemporary annals of the Jewish people or on the consciousness of the free world? The Forgotten Millions probes the reasons for this silence.
Tells the story of the modern Jewish exodus from Arab lands, delving into what happened to trigger the transfer of whole Jewish communities from Arab lands, and reasons for the silence surrounding the painful circumstances of this exodus. Subjects include a comparison of the campaigns on behalf of Syrian and Soviet Jews, Palestinians' attitudes towards expulsion of the Jews from Arab countries, the UN and Palestinian refugees, and the integration processes of Eastern Jews into Israeli society. Appendices offer speeches and testimony. Shulewitz is a founding member of the World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)