THIS SITE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HOLY TO JEWS. TO CONVERT YET ANOTHER SITE AS MUSLIM WILL MAKE IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR NON-MUSLIMS AS MUSLIMS HAVE ALWAYS LIMITED ACCESS TO THE TREASURES OF OTHER RELIGIONS. FURTHER, THE DESECRATION OF THE SITE BY MUSLIMS DEMONSTRATES WHO ARE NOT APPROPRIATE GUARDIANS.
The Shia Wakf (a religious Islamic endowment, typically devoting a building or plot of land for Muslim religious purposes) overseeing the renovation of the shrine of the Biblical prophet Ezekiel, at Kifl, near Baghdad, has denied that the site belongs to Jews (Hebrew inscriptions and decoration have already been removed or covered), raising fears that the site is to be converted into a mosque. At Passover and at Shavuot, some 5,000 Jews would visit the shrine until their forced departure in 1950 – 51. Please sign this petition to Save Ezekiel’s Shrine, and circulate it to your friends and relatives.
In just 50 years, almost a million Jews, whose communities stretch back up to 3,000 years, have been 'ethnically cleansed' from Arab countries. These refugees outnumber the Palestinian refugees two to one, but their narrative has all but been ignored. Unlike Palestinian refugees, they fled not war, but systematic
persecution. Seen in this light, Israel, which absorbed most of these Jewish refugees, is the legitimate expression of the self-determination of an oppressed indigenous, Middle Eastern people.
This website is dedicated to preserving the memory of the near-extinct Jewish communities, which can never return to what they once were. It will attempt to pass on the stories of the Jewish refugees and their current struggle for recognition and restitution. Awareness of the injustice done to these Jews can only advance the cause of peace and reconciliation.
(Iran: once an ally of Israel, Iran is now an implacable enemy and numbers of Iranian Jews have fallen drastically from 80,000 to 20,000 since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
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