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Living in fear: Iraq’s last Jews

Iraq’s remaining Jews live in the shadow of rising Islamic extremism and daily terror attacks.


By David Rosenberg

As Sunni and Shi’ite militias slaughter one another across the city, in the heart of terror-ridden Baghdad there are eight residents hiding a dangerous secret.

Eight Baghdadi Jews are believed to be the last Jews in Iraq, a community that once number well over 130,000 and was one of the oldest Jewish Diaspora communities in the world.

Today the remnants of Iraq’s Jewish community living in constant fear as terrorism rages throughout Baghdad and with Islamic extremism on the rise.

We’re living in fear every day,” one 60-year-old woman told the Hebrew NRG news site. The woman, who works as a dentist, described the frightening reality of terrorism in Baghdad. “Terrorism is running rampant in the streets,” she said.

Those who remain in Iraq are older and single, with no family to care for them. Seven of the eight are women.

The woman noted that while conditions are difficult in Iraq, they are able to survive thanks to their neighbors and with the help one member of the Iraqi parliament.

The Iraqi Parliament Member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, met with Israeli Knesset Member Ayoub Kara, a member of the Druze community, during a trip to New Delhi.

Along with working to ensure the


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