Mar 14, 2011

No Jews of Libya


Despite having settled there hundreds of years before Christ, there are no Jews in Libya.
I left Libya more than 42 years ago when the mobs were roaming the streets. They were not chanting for democracy or yearning for freedom — they were looking for  Jews.           
                                      Gina Waldman.
This community, that goes back 2,500 years, has obliterated their oldest minority...They drink anti-semitism with their mother's milk.
                                                    Gina Zanzur
After the creation of Israel in 1948, anti-Jewish riots and killings forced 30,000 Jews to flee. After the 1967 Israeli war, the remaining 6,000 were expelled, each allowed one suitcase and $20.
historic photo of the Jewish Quarter in Tripoli

5 comments:

gary ledebur said...

Great and informative post. A tragedy. This is one reason that the President of the United States must be very cautious as to how he responds to the current unrest and rebellion.

Anonymous said...

He's so cautious that he doesn't respond at all.

Anonymous said...

In dramatic contrast, Obama was not so "cautious" or reserved about making public statements with respect to the unrest and rebellion in Egypt, as luck would have it.

Obama emphatically told Mubarak that he needed to step down as Egypt leader immediately, as a matter of fact.

No such similar order for Ghadaffi, interestingly enough.

michael molovinsky said...

i believe obama did make a similar statement, but without the aid that egypt receives, it had little meaning. in egypt the military generals had the motivation to take our threat seriously, and pressure mubarak. this post, nor I, take a position on what our response should be.

Anonymous said...

Your points about the Eyptian generals knowing whose butter is breaded where are well made.

Still does not let everyone off the hook quite so easily...Britain and France, specifically, have been more 'proactive', as it stands.

Other U.S. Presidents have dealt with Ghadaffi differently in the past, I will also note.

Better able to encourage Ghadaffi to take the U.S. seriously, shall we say.