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The expulsion that backfired: When Iraq kicked out its Jews, by Edwin Black (TOI)

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May 31, 2016

Bent on destroying Israel, and gripped by vicious anti-Semitism, Baghdad ‘pauperized’ its Jews and forced them to leave for the nascent Jewish state in 1951-2. It believed Israel would collapse under the strain. But the immigrants ultimately helped Israel thrive, and it was Iraq that suffered

At first, the Jews deluded themselves that the hardship would pass; loyal citizens, the community had dwelled in Iraq for 2,600 years

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