The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

The Extermination of "Protected" People

One great Muslim lie is that non-Muslims fair much better in an Islamic land than Muslims fair in non-Muslim lands.

Last I checked, Muslims in the West were free to practice their so-called faith without the fear of attacks or reprisals. Muslims in the West are able to don traditional Islamic garb, gather in Mosques, and even organize protests which call for violence against all infidels - all without the concern of persecution or repercussions.

So, how do the "protected" people - or dhimmis - fair in a Muslim country? Not very well, it seems:

Just over half a century ago, Iraq’s Jews numbered more than 130,000. But now, in the city that was once the community’s heart, they cannot muster even a minyan, the 10 Jewish men required to perform some of the most important rituals of their faith. They are scared even to publicize their exact number, which was recently estimated at seven by the Jewish Agency for Israel, and at eight by one Christian cleric. That is not enough to read the Torah in public, if there were anywhere in public they would dare to read it, and too few to recite a proper Kaddish for the dead.


Although many of his Muslim friends and immediate neighbors know he is Jewish (“I’m proud, I’m Jewish, not ashamed. I’m not hiding,” he wrote at one point.), he was wary of being named because it could draw more dangerous attention to him or his friends. To protect him, he is referred to as Saleh’s grandson, because his or his father’s name would be too easily recognizable here. Interviews with him were conducted by correspondence over the course of several months.

He lamented that Jews in Baghdad had had no meeting place since the Meir Tweig synagogue, the last in the city, was closed in 2003, after it became too dangerous to gather openly.

“I do my prayer in my house because we closed the synagogue from the war until now. If we open it, it will be a target,” he wrote, adding later: “I have no future here, I can’t marry, there is no girl. I can’t put my kova on my head out of the house. If I’m out of Iraq, I’ll share with people in all our feasts and do my prayer in the synagogue and will be with my family.”



#1 captainfish 03-Jun-2008
Sad. Very Sad. I think this speaks more for the muslim's treatment of Jews than any other religion. I am surprised that they have been able to live there at all, all this time.

And, I know there are Jews in Iran as well. I wonder how they act and respond to their leader's proclamation that he will wipe Israel off the map. If I were them, I would be doing my best to be a spy and pinpoint the most valuable targets for the Israeli Air Force.
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