By Orit Bashkin
Between 1949 and 1951, 123,000 Iraqi Jews immigrated to the newly confirmed Israeli nation. missing the assets to take in all of them, the Israeli executive resettled them in maabarot, or transit camps, relegating them to poverty. within the tents and shacks of the camps, their residing stipulations have been squalid and unsanitary. uncomplicated prerequisites like water have been briefly provide, once they have been to be had in any respect. instead of returning to a native land as local sons, Iraqi Jews have been novices in a overseas place.
Impossible Exodus tells the tale of those Iraqi Jews' first many years in Israel. confronted with sick therapy and discrimination from nation officers, Iraqi Jews resisted: they joined Israeli political events, confirmed within the streets, and fought for the schooling in their childrens, prime a civil rights fight whose legacy keeps to persuade modern debates in Israel. Orit Bashkin sheds gentle on their daily lives and their decision in a brand new state, uncovering their lengthy, painful transformation from Iraqi to Israeli. In doing so, she stocks the resilience and humanity of a neighborhood whose tale has but to learn.
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Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures) by Orit Bashkin