From Israel HaYom:
On Shavuot, the holiday which Jews around the globe begin celebrating this Tuesday night, Iraqi Jews mark 72 years since the Farhud — the 1941 riots in which 137 people were slaughtered and hundreds more injured. The Babylonian (Iraqi) Jewry Heritage Center in Or Yehuda has inscribed the victims’ names, and Iraqi Jews worldwide recall the horrible disgrace of those events, which were so reminiscent of Kristallnacht in Germany. The Farhud riots were carried out by a mob that had been incited to violence, and resulted in the Iraqi Jewish community losing faith in the country they had called home for millennium; the community of some 140,000 Jewish people dwindled to just a sparse few today.
You can read the whole thing, here. It rather debunks the nonsense about how well Jews were treated in Arab countries before the establishment of modern Israel.
(And as to why the establishment of Israel should be any kind of excuse or reason for anti-semitism in the Arab world, that only ‘works’ if you assume their culture resembles that of a collection of immature alpha males, unable to cope with a challenge to their world view. In other words, it’s crap.)
And while the recollection of the events must be a terribly sad occasion, there hopefully is some comfort in the gathering of these exiles and others in Israel today. I love the melting pot nature of the population. (Though it has to be said, the pot’s pretty white in Ra’anana!)
[I first saw this at Point of no return. It will add something to my Shavuot.]