Sixty-three years since Oujda and Djerada pogroms

Barely six weeks after Israel was proclaimed, death and destruction befell two small Jewish communities in Morocco, causing ten percent of the country’s Jews to flee.

More on Point of No Return.

3 Responses to “Sixty-three years since Oujda and Djerada pogroms”

  1. Lev Bronstein Says:

    It’s interesting that the historians in the point of no return link cite a number of factors that led to these pogroms and not one of them is antisemitism.
    I was in Morocco for a few weeks on holiday a couple of years ago. I visited the old Jewsih quarter in Marakesh and was shown around a former synagogue that is now someone’s home, though he’s still retained artefacts from the Jewish community. For the most part it was an excellent and enjoyable experience, although the one moment I will sadly never forget was someone shouting at me in the street outside of the J’ma el Fna in Marakesh “Itbach Al Yahud!” (translated from Arabic: slaughter the Jew). I have no idea to this day what prompted this aggression.
    It’s worth looking at the testimonies of the Jewish refugees from Arab countries to get an idea of what prompted their exodus. And it wasn’t just the state of Israel that created this animosity. Have a look at this documentary if you haven’t already:

  2. Talhe Says:

    Looking at the history of the Arab world since World War II, one wonders how the Jews would have fared if Israel hadn’t come into existence.

  3. Evan Says:

    The forgotten refugees is right.

    On a related note, the following article is the very definition of chutzpah ( ) :

    “Obama said it has been “humiliating” for us. Really? Tell that to my grandmother (and thousands like her) who died in a bug-infested shack so more Jews from Brooklyn could come and take her home and destroy the graves of her ancestors. And even in that reluctant reference to our humanity, Obama manages to insert another bit of Israeli hasbara by adding that our humiliation also stems from “never living in a nation of [our] own”. Despite my initial reaction, I have to smile at this statement, because no one can say or do anything to alter the fact that Palestinian families, including my own, are rooted in that land for centuries and millennia. That’s a claim that no Jewish man or woman from Eastern Europe, like Netanyahu, Tzipi Levni and other Israeli leaders can ever make. Those Israelis came to Palestine, changed their names and said they had returned home, then proceeded to destroy and expel the indigenous population. They have not only stolen our land, but they have also stolen our story, for it is Palestinians who are the natural inhabitants of that land who have descended from its various tribes throughout time, including the Hebrew tribes.”

    Ah, so the Jews who came to Palestine were not stateless refugees but crafty impostors from “Brooklyn,,, Eastern Europe” who changed their names and stole the land from the “indigenous” Palestinians, who, being the “natural inhabitants of the land” (what does that mean, exactly?) are “descended from its various tribes throughout time, including the Hebrew tribes” – proof?) Whither Jewish refugees?

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