WJC VIDEOS - Another story: the Jewish refugees from Arab countries

The latest World Jewish Congress video series brings you the personal stories of the people who witnessed the end of Jewish life in their countries of origin, from Iraq to Libya, and were forced to start from scratch: the Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

Jewish presence in what are now Arab lands long predates Islam and the Arab conquest of the Middle East and goes back to Biblical times. In 1945, there were approximately 866,000 Jews living in communities throughout the Arab world. Today, there are fewer than 7,000.

In most Arab countries, once thriving Jewish communities have all but disappeared. According to official statistics, 856,000 Jews left their homes in Arab countries between 1948 and the early 1970s, leaving behind substantial property and other assets.

The latest World Jewish Congress video series brings you the personal stories of the people who witnessed the end of Jewish life in their countries of origin, from Iraq to Libya, and were forced to start from scratch: the Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

Watch the videos on the WJC's Youtube channel by clicking on this link.