Jews From Muslim Lands

June 20 was World Refugee Day, dedicated to nearly 60 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution. One group of refugees rarely acknowledged is the Jews who were indigenous to Muslim lands but who were compelled to flee around the time when the State of Israel was established. A Google search for "1948 refugees" produces about 6 million results. All but a few (at least through page six) are about the Palestinian Arab refugees, as if they were the only refugees of 1948. But it is estimated that from the beginning of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War through the early 1970s, up to 1,000,000 Jews fled or were expelled from their ancestral homes in Muslim countries. 260,000 of those refugees reached Israel between 1948 and 1951 and comprised 56% of all immigration to the fledgling state. By 1972, their numbers had reached 600,000. In 1948, Middle East and North African countries had considerable Jewish populations: Morocco (250,000), Algeria (140,000),...(Read Full Article)