In November, students at the University of Miami attended an enlightening conversation with Mizrahi activist Hen Mazzig about the experiences of Mizrahi Jews and their connection to the State of Israel.
In 1941, Hen’s Iraqi grandparents survived a series of Nazi-inspired pogroms against the Jews of Baghdad known as the Farhoud, meaning “violent dispossession.” On June 1st, 1941, and for several weeks thenceforth, masses of armed Iraqi Muslims took to the streets and massacred, tortured, and robbed their Jewish neighbors. The wave of violence was a tragic blow to the once vibrant ancient Iraqi Jewish community.
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Avner Yeshurun is a 2021-2022 Fellow for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting & Analysis.