The Forgotten Millions tells the story of the modern Jewish exodus from the Arab lands. The Jewish presence in this area -- present-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, 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.
"[The essays] highlight important issues of which readers should be better aware." Jewish Book World
Part 1 Background: minorities in the Middle East - an overview, M. Nisan; Middle East Christians - the captive nations, Walid Phares; the Dhimmi factor in the exodus of the Hews from Arab countries, Bat Ye'or; Syria - a special case - a comparison of the campaigns on behalf of Syrian and Soviet Jews, Harold Tropper. Part 2 A legal view: the expulsion of the Jews from Arab countries - the Palestinians attitude and their claims, Ya'akov Miron. Part 3 A global view: exchanges of populations worldwide - where, when, and why - World War I to the 1990s, Malka Hillel Shulewitz and Rafael Israeli. Part 4 An international (UN) view: perpetuating the tragedy - the United Nations and the Palestinian refugees, Avi Becker. Part 5 Views from within: immigration and absorption of Jews from Arab countries, Yehuda Dominitz; the integration processes of Eastern Jews into Israeli society - 1948-1988, Pnina Morag-Talmon. Appendix: World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries (WOJAC) documents.
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.44
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition