WikiLeaks Document Sheds Light on Iraqi Jews

Israeli Memorial to Jews Killed in Iraq

Israeli Memorial to Jews Killed in Iraq
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A U.S. diplomatic cable that has been leaked by WikiLeaks sheds light on the fate of Iraq’s Jews, AFP reported Friday.

According to the cable, Baghdad’s Jewish community numbered just eight people in late 2009, having fallen from 20 in 2003.

The cable cites a woman who spoke with a U.S. embassy staff member in October 2009 and who said, “There are now eight remaining members of the Iraqi Jewish community in Baghdad.”

“She stated that the community had numbered 20 persons in 2003, but that the number has declined as a result of old age, emigration, and sectarian violence,” says the cable, adding that the woman, a dentist, was “one of the last remaining Jews in Iraq.”

The dentist said her mother had died in the previous year, while her husband was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in 2005 and was most likely murdered.

She reportedly expressed interest in emigrating to the Netherlands, where two of her brothers lived.

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