Iraqis Wrestle with Jewish Factor

(Asia Times-Hong Kong) - Nir Rosen When Imam Mahdi al-Jumeili in Baghdad's Shurti neighborhood met three American officers to resolve a dispute, his first question to them was "are any of you Jews?" In Iraq, references to "al-Yahud," or "the Jews," are made everywhere. A taxi driver explained that "America and the Jews are one." Another taxi driver said that the Jordanian embassy was bombed because Jordan was organizing the migration of Jews into Iraq. After the war, with the flowering of new Iraqi publications, newspaper articles contained numerous Jewish themes, helping to spread the panic that Jews were indeed invading the country. In fact, it seems nearly everyone in Baghdad has a friend or relative who was an eyewitness to Jews buying land.

2003-11-26 00:00:00

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