Events at Magen David
The Eighth Installment in the MDSC "Members Teaching Members" Series
The Jews of Iraq in the 21st Century -The Impact of Sunni and Shiite Militias on the Jewish Community
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
7:15PM Lobby Gathering 7:30PM Event Begins
The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have a long history, beginning with the Babylonian Exile. As part of commemoration of Yom Hazikaron, we will explore the history and culture of some of the MENA Jewish communities, and the current conditions of the remaining Jews in these countries. This lecture will specifically explore the Jewish communities in Iraq.
During the last 12 years, the Jewish community in Iraq has dwindled to just a few people. During this period, many Sunni and Shiite units came into being in that country, with the help of their neighboring Sunni Arab states and Iran respectively. To understand the development of these organizations and their impact on the Middle East, specifically Israel, Magen David is hosting a talk by Maurice Shohet on the issue.
Born and raised in Baghdad, Maurice Shohet fled with his family to Iran in 1970, during the rule of the Baath Party. He visited Iraq in 2004, after the US-led Iraq war.
In December 2007, he met President Bush at the Oval Office and raised with him the issue of the Rights of Jews from Arab Countries.
He was a member of the Committee of Experts that evaluated the "Iraqi Jewish Archives" that were brought to the US for preservation. He is the President of the World Organization of Jews from Iraq (WOJI) and works at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.