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Jewish Refugees
What people often forget in the discussion about refugees is the 850,000 Jews who fled or were expelled from Arab states, after facing centuries of oppression in the Middle East. Most of them found safety in Israel - their ancestral homeland.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/UDmrDMrNk7k?ecver=2

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Expulsion of Jews from Middle East and North African Countries
After Israel’s rebirth in 1948, over 850,000 Jews fled the rising persecution or were expelled from Arab and Muslim lands. They became homeless even though some of their communities were over 2,000 years old. A fledgling country of approximately 650,000 inhabitants, Israel nonetheless began absorbing not only survivors of the Holocaust but also Jews fleeing from Arab countries.

http://forward.com/culture/199257/the-inconvenient-truth-about-jews-from-arab-lands/

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Jews from Algeria
In 1948 there were 140,000 Jews living in Algeria. By 2011 there were only 1,500.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Jews from Egypt
In 1948 there were 75,000 Jews living in Egypt. By 2011 there were only 100.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Jews from Iran
In 1948 there were 150,000 Jews living in Iran. By 2011 there were only 10,400.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Jews from Iraq
In 1948 there were 150,000 Jews living in Iraq. By 2011 there were only 7.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Jews from Lebanon
In 1948 there were 20,000 Jews living in Lebanon. By 2011 there were none.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Jews from Libya
In 1948 there were 38,000 Jews living in Libya. By 2011 there were none.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Jews from Morocco
In 1948 there were 265,000 Jews living in Morocco. By 2011 there were only 2,700.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Jews from Syria
In 1948 there were 30,000 Jews living in Syria. By 2011 there were only 100.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Jewish refugees from Tunisia
In 1948 there were 105,000 Jews living in Tunisia. By 2011 there were only 1,000.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Jews from Yemen
In 1948 there were 55,000 Jews living in Yemen. By 2011 there were only 250.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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1 Million from the Soviet Union
At the end of a long struggle for the right to emigrate, over 1 million Jews from the former Soviet Union moved to Israel in the 1990s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990s_Post-Soviet_aliyah

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Jewish Refugees From Arab Countries
The majority of Israel’s Jews returned home to Israel from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Most of these immigrants came from Arab countries.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jewish-refugees-from-arab-countries

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Anti-Semitism in the Middle East
While Jews faced less persecution in the Middle East than in Europe, they were second class citizens at best and brutally oppressed at worst. This article is a great resource on the history of anti-Semitism in the Middle East.

http://assets.press.princeton.edu/chapters/p10098.pdf

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