March 1, 1950 175,000 Jewish Refugees from Iraq


Iraqi Jews Landing in Israel 1950The Iraqi Parliament passed a law permitting the exit of all Iraqi Jews, provided they signed a declaration renouncing their citizenship.  The time period for registration for departure was limited to one year, and subsequently extended for three months.

The Jews of Iraq, fearful of the anti-Semitic purges, seized this opportunity to leave the country; 175,000 were brought to Israel by special air lifts.

The mass exodus from Iraq was stimulated by violence and economic expropriation designed to produce this effect.

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