Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 4 comments
To all who perpetuate myths: Specific to the charge of Israeli collusion with attacks on Jews in Iraq in the late forties, please refer to the facts. Despite several academic, governmental and private inquiries, there has never been any evidence of any kind substantiating this claim. Moreover, in the most thorough documentary on the subject by Selim Fattal (Yehudei Bavel - Jews of Babylon), no one was willing to testify even anonymously. Lastly, if one examines Jewish life in Iraq from 1919-1949, it is evident that there was a rapid rise of anti-Semitism, complicating Jewish life there. Israel's independence effectively exacerbated the hostile environment for Iraq's Jews. Those perpetuating these myths are either guilty of ignorance or desire to 'create' a certain narrative. So be it, but this does not make it the truth.