Seventy-five years ago, about 120,000 Jews lived in Iraq. In Baghdad, they were prominent in business and the professions — doctors, lawyers, bankers, professors, musicians, writers, artists, engineers. Last summer, a visitor just back from Iraq told me he could account for only five Iraqi Jews alive in the country. Not 5,000. Not 500. Five. They are too old to leave. When they die, there will be none.
Iraq has been home to Jews for more than 2,500 years. The Babylonian Talmud was written there. And despite instances of sectarian violence, Jews and Arab Muslims managed by and large to cohabit, until anti-Semitism escalated in the 20th century and culminated in a great massacre that Iraqi Jews call the Farhud pogrom, or “the forgotten pogrom of the Holocaust.”… Seguir leyendo »