Forgotten Millions: The Modern Jewish Exodus from Arab Lands by Malka Hillel ShulewitzForgotten Millions: The Modern Jewish Exodus from Arab Lands by Malka Hillel Shulewitz

Forgotten Millions: The Modern Jewish Exodus from Arab Lands

byMalka Hillel Shulewitz

Paperback | October 27, 2000

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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.
Title:Forgotten Millions: The Modern Jewish Exodus from Arab LandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 9.18 × 6.04 × 0.7 inPublished:October 27, 2000Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0826447643

ISBN - 13:9780826447647

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The plight of the Jewish people throughout history is well known. In fact, there was a large Jewish population in what is present-day Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen more than a thousand years before the rise of Islam. Incredibly, by 1986, the Jewish population had all but disappeared from this area. In The Forgotten Millions, Malka Hillel Shulewitz examines how and why entire communities decide to pick up and leave. This book will be of great interest to historians and sociologists.

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"These essays by ten scholars of Middle Eastern history dealing with the exodus of Jews from Arab lands, where they had lived in some instances for 2,500 years, should be required reading....This book provides an in-depth history and analysis of minorities in Arab countries, with its special focus on Jews. Although half a century has elapsed since the beginning of the refugee problems, both Jewish and Arab...this book corrects the distortions of Arab claims and presents substantial evidence supporting the contention that the Jews failed to receive recognition by the international community of their plight."--Emuna Magazine