1. Regarding Joan Peters... Her book is considered hateful and inaccurate by most intelligent people. Any credible sources for your claims? 2. I lived in Damascus in the 70's and more recently. During the earlier period, I knew Jews who were respected artisans living on Straight Street. I was on Straight Street the day of the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon. The shop shutters were half down. The Muslim brass shop owner nearby said "they are like us, neighbors, Syrians. There is no problem." And there wasn't. 3. Recently, Syrian friends in Damascus now in their 50s talked of their student days in Aleppo and Damascus and "not caring if their friends were Muslim, Jewish or Christian." One talked of Israeli pressure on Jews to emigrate. 4. A US documentary in the late 60's or early 70's showed that the "suffering brethren in Damascus" were not suffering. Many didn't like that conclusion. 5. As for the Arab states telling the Palestinians to leave so their armied could kill off the Jews ... Try reading some Israeli historians like Simha Flapan who have refuted this as one of many Israeli myths. 6. Now, SEYMOUR, you who have a historian's passion... I may need some help. I remember being shocked many years ago reading about the immigration of Iraqi Jews to Israelin the 1950s. In the mid-50's, Baghdad agreed to an orderly emigration and those wishing to immigrate to Israel had to register by a certain date. Few registered, which suggests that life was pretty good...until there was a fire in a synagogue and people were locked in and died... Registration soared. Years later the source of the fire was revealed... An Israeli who was there secretly to promoted emigration. Possible? I don't know but I remember distinctly that the source cited in that book was Haaretz...
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