Jewish Arabs: finally making a comeback in the region?
Far from the European faces of Israel and the ongoing struggle for Palestine, the Middle East’s Jews are starting to make a comeback. With the creation of Israel more than half a century ago, communities that had been thriving in places like Morocco and Syria were forced to make a hasty exit before their Muslim and Christian countrymen turned on them.
But there are signs of hope for a return of Arab Jews to their homelands, with Iraqi Jews making public pleas to their government and the ‘Jews of Egypt’ documentary finally getting past the film censorship board. Synagogues are being renovated and even if just as a nod to heritage, things could be looking up for the remaining faithful or returnee residents. Continue reading below »
At the other end of the spectrum, Arab Spring nations like Tunisia are finding that a hardline Salafi presence is worsening life for its few remaining Jews and those dozen or so left in Syria face the bombings alongside any other religion.
So, with much change across the region, we catch up with the Middle East’s most unlikely minority to see how the Arab Jews have fared in such hostile conditions.
Share your thoughts on the Jewish community in the Arab world and the prospect of a return or 'reverse Aliyah' back to the Arab homelands.