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Jews, Kurds And Arabs, 1941–1952

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The lack of documentation on the Jews of Kurdistan allows merely a limited discussion of the Jewish experience. The information on the Jews of Iraq, however, is superior, and as Longrigg articulates in discussing these years, "the art of living in Iraq, and surviving bad times, was no new" to the Iraqi Jews. During the Farhud, between 150 and 180 Jews were killed, hundreds more were injured and Jewish property was looted by mobs. A report based on data supplied by the president of the Jewish community in Baghdad placed "the real blame" for the riots on the police who were "in a position to stop the rioting". The events that occurred during the regime of Rashīd ʿAlī al-Gilānī were the first major alarm that signaled a significant deterioration in the relationships between the Jews and the Muslims, Kurds and Arabs as well as tribal segments.

Keywords: Kurds; Arabs; Israel; Jews



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