UPROOTED: How 3000 Years of Jewish Civilization in the Arab World Vanished Overnight Lyn Julius Vallentine Mitchell 368 pages; $37.95.
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The British-born daughter of Mizrahi Jewish refugees from Iraq, Julius (cofounder of Harif, an association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa in the United Kingdom) compiles a series of historical essays highlighting the plight of the lumpen and often forgotten Jewish communities throughout the Arab world that, after many centuries of existence, met their fateful and sudden demise variously between 1950-1980. While in 1945 as many as 856,000 Jews dwelled in the Middle East and North Africa, today approximately 4,500 remain – an unprecedented international dislocation of Jews.
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