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The Iraqi Law Permitting Jews to Emigrate with the Forfeiture of Nationality, 1950, Norman Stillman, The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times, Jewish Publication Society, 2003.

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Article 1

The Council of Ministers is empowered to divest any Iraqi Jew who, of his own free will and choice, desires to leave Iraq for good of his Iraqi nationality after he has signed a special form in the presence of an official appointed by the Minister of the Interior.

Article 2

Any Iraqi Jew who leaves Iraq or tries to leave Iraq illegally will forfeit his Iraqi nationality by decision of the Council of Ministers.

Article 3

Any Iraqi Jew who has already left Iraq illegally will be considered to have left Iraq for good if he does not return within a period of two months from the date of the putting into operation of this law, and he will lose his Iraqi nationality at the end of that period.

Article 4

The Minister of the Interior must order the deportation of anyone who has lost Iraqi nationality under Articles 1 and 2 unless the Minister is convinced by sufficient reasons that his temporary stay in Iraq is necessary for judicial or legal reasons, or to safeguard someone else’s officially testified rights.

Article 5

This law will remain in force for a period of one year from the date of its coming into effect and may be canceled at any time during that period by a Royal Iradah1 published in the Official Gazette.

Article 6

This law comes into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

Article 7

The Minister of the Interior will execute this law.

1 Ar., irāda (decree).

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