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Believe it or not, Iraq once had a thriving Jewish population.

February 15th, 2014 | by
Believe it or not, Iraq once had a thriving Jewish population.
Iraqi Jewish Archives

 Persecution occurred off and on over the centuries but it intensified when Israel became a nation in 1948.Persecution reached its height in the years surrounding the Six Day War of 1967 by which Israel gained control of Jerusalem. Most Jews fled Iraq after suffering confiscation of their property and a whole range of persecutions. Left behind was a treasure of plundered Jewish artifacts, with some items dating back hundreds of years. Precious items of antiquity such as a Babylonian Talmud from 1793, Torah scroll fragments, personal records, and a Hebrew Bible from 1568. These were all looted from Jewish People and from synagogues during the persecutions.

In 2003 the collection of historic Jewish documents known as the Iraqi Jewish Archive was discovered by Coalition forces searching a flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters in Baghdad. They quickly realized the historic value of the neglected and damaged items and contacted the US National Archive who saw the tremendous value of the collection as insight into a 2,500 year old Jewish community, its culture, plight, and story. The US government agreed to restore and preserve what they could of the collection. At great expense they have completed their work and the archive is on display at the National Archive.


One tragedy was averted by saving this archive of Jewish history, but another is on the horizon. The US government agreed back in 2003 to return it to Iraq when the restoration project was complete. The return is scheduled for June of 2014. The concern is that there are only a handful of Jews left living in Iraq and it is not fitting to return such precious, historical artifacts of Jewish history to the country that, 1.) confiscated them from their rightful owners through a persecution that caused the Jewish citizens to flee to safety, and 2.) continues to despise the Jewish People, does not recognize Israel as a nation, and continues to persecute the few Jews left in Iraq. Can we expect Iraq to honor the valuable historic archive of a people they hate?  We want to see the archive returned to its rightful owners.

What can I do to help?

1.  Pray with us that God would give this initiative favor and that the right thing will be done. The world will be watching what our government does in this matter, if they will honor Israel or not. God has promised to bless those that bless Israel and curse those that curse her (Genesis 12:3). We hope the United States will do the right thing in this matter.

2.  Sign the petition at We are trying to get 25,000 signatures to submit to the US government persuading them that it’s not right to return the Iraqi Jewish Archive to Iraq.

3. Spread the word! Share the website on Facebook, Twitter and your other social media accounts.

4. Give. Your donations will help us get the word out! This project is not something we had budgeted for, but we simply cannot sit back and be silent about such an important matter.

To learn more about the Iraqi Jewish Archive, visit our website dedicated to the cause of returning it to the Jewish People to whom it belongs,

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