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The Forgotten Refugees

Executive Producer: Ralph Avi Goldwasser
Director: Michael Grynszpan

Running time: 49 minutes


A film about the mass exodus of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa in the 20th century


Produced by The David Project Center for Jewish Leadership and Isra TV, “The Forgotten Refugees” explores the history, culture, and forced exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the second half of the 20th century. Using extensive testimony of refugees from Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Morocco the film recounts the stories – of joy and suffering – that nearly one million individuals have carried with them for so long. The film weaves personal stories with dramatic archival footage of rescue missions, historic images of exodus and resettlement, and analyses by contemporary scholars to tell the story of how and why the Jewish population in the Middle East and North Africa declined from one million in 1945 to several thousand today.

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  1. It seems many leaders of most countries throughout history to gain power will stir up the common people to fear and hate their neighbors and pick them as a scapegoat. Religion or race or tribe are often the excuses used by these power hungry leaders. Many of the common people fall for the ruse. Some do not and see the madness of such hatred. Divide and conquer exploiting differences and ancient animosities is the tactic.

  2. Greece,

    Jews come from Israel/Palestine. They’ve been there since the dawn of recorded civilization.

  3. Every time people talk about “Palestinian” refugees – people that their fellow Arabs generally refused to allow to be absorbed and integrated into the huge Arab lands in the Middle East in order to use them as political pawns to continue their attempts to destroy Israel and to commit genocide against the Jewish people – they should remember that there were even more Jewish refugees in the 1940s who lost even more in terms of property.  No compensation has ever been given for their suffering and loss.  In effect, one – the Jewish refugee crisis – more than balances out the other.

    • haa you crack me up. commit genocide, they ones committing genocides are Jews in Gaza Strip and Palestine. Tell me something jew, What country do your people come from? An Egyptian comes Egypt His ancestors have been living there for thousands of years, an italian comes from Italy his ancestors have been living there for thousands of years, Tell me where does a jew come from?

      • almost everyone comes from the same planet
        but you come from a piece of shit
        and the problems of the world come from people like you

  4. Nobody knows or talks about or even cares about these displaced people because they were Jews.