iraqi jewish heritage

Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis album cover
Dudu Tassa and how Iraqi Arabic-Jewish music became hip again

The grandson of the famous Daoud al-Kuwaiti, Tassa continues the family music tradition, bringing his fans the Arabic Iraqi music they turn to him for.

IRAQI JEWS in Israel protest their counterparts’ persecution under the Ba’ath regime. (Fritz Cohen)
Baghdad hangings: When Jews were snatched and accused of spying for Israel

Daoud Ghali Yadgar was only 21 years old when he was snatched and accused of spying for Israel.

Hebrew inscriptions on the wall, near the Great Mosque of al-Nuri. (Eddy van Wessel)
After ISIS, Mosul finally values its Jewish heritage

Since ISIS attacked the diversity of the Iraqi community, diversity is now valued far more consciously, and this trend’s most surprising consequence is related to the Iraqi Jews.

Karbala, Iraq
'I've been sentenced to death' - a farewell letter of an Iraqi Jew in 1969

Sami Halali and his family were able to flee Iraq to Israel in 1971. Sami explained that the family hid the letter in their house after they received it in Iraq, but read it only once because of the pain it caused.

AN IRAQI RESIDENT walks past an old building destroyed during an electrical fire in Baghdad in 2011.
Remembering Baghdad

The exodus of the Jews from many parts of the world is frequently and sadly sometimes a precursor for other forced migrations.

Babylonian Talmud
Senate Minority Leader: Don’t return trove of Jewish artifacts to Iraq

"Since the exile of Jews from Iraq virtually no Jewish life remains in the country – this treasured collection belongs to the Jewish community and should be made available to them.”

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (R) speaks to British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) during
Bahrain king denounces Arab boycott of Israel, says countrymen may visit

The king of the island nation has plans to establish a Museum of Religious Tolerance in the capital city by the end of the year.

Passover Haggadah from Vienna, 1930. This colorfully illustrated French and Hebrew Haggadah was publ
Despite protests, US State Department to return Jewish artifacts to Iraq

Democratic and Republican lawmakers and Jewish groups have lobbied to renegotiate the deal, arguing that the documents should be kept in the US or elsewhere where they are accessible to Iraqi Jews and their descendants.

Jews of Iraq
Days of catastrophe in Baghdad

Two days in 1941 led directly to the violent expulsion of 120,000 Iraqi Jews from their land, the confiscation of their property and possessions.

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