No Way Back: The Journey of a Jew from Baghdad with Dr. Daniel Khazzoom
Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)
Daniel Khazzoom was born in Baghdad, the youngest son of a prominent lawyer in that city. He and his family survived the Farhoud, the massacre of the Jews in Baghdad in 1941. Once leaving Iraq in 1951, Khazzoom vowed never to return. Khazzoom's story details the injustice experienced by the one million Jewish refugees from Arab countries and the horrors of violence they witnessed.
Join us for a fascinating presentation about an oft-omitted but essential part of Middle East history and the Arab-Israel conflict. The event will include the showing of an important documentary, The Forgotten Refugees, and a presentation by Dr. Khazzoom highlighting his personal experience as a Jew under Muslim rule.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (includes delicious brunch)
The Forgotten Refugees
In the early 20th century, under the heavy weight of Anti-Jewish governments and policy, nearly one million Jews from the Middle East and North Africa had their property confiscated, basic human rights stripped, and were systematically persecuted and victimized. Ultimately these Jews were forced to flee their homes and surrender their nationalities, becoming the “Forgotten Refugees” of the Middle East and North Africa. UN Resolution 242 asserted that Jews fleeing Arab countries were ‘bona fide’ refugees, yet the international community, the media and North American educational systems have continuously ignored their plight and their losses.
Revisionist history of the Middle East conveniently excludes the fact that over half of Israel’s Jewish population live there not because European atrocities during World War II, but because of Anti-Jewish Arab governments who dispossessed and displaced their native Jewish populations following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Adopted narratives of the Arab-Israeli conflict fail to address the fact that Israel was the largest refugee camp in the Middle East, providing safe haven to some 650,000 dispossessed Middle Eastern and North African Jewish refugees whose ancestors had a continuous presence in the region for over 3,000 years.
J. Daniel Khazzoom
J. Daniel Khazzoom was born in Baghdad, the youngest son of a prominent lawyer in that city. He was eight years old when the Nazis came to Baghdad. He and his family survived the Farhood, the big massacre of the Jews of Baghdad.
In 1951, he left by himself for Israel, where he served in the Israeli Air Force and subsequently graduated from Tel Aviv University with a B.Sc. in Economics. In 1958 he was the first college graduate from Israel to be admitted to Harvard. In 1963 he graduated from Harvard in with a PhD in Economics.
He served on the Faculty at Cornell, NYU, McGill, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and San Jose State. He published four books and numerous articles in energy modeling, econometrics, and economics and served as advisor to the U.S. and Canadian Federal governments.
In 1998 he was unanimously elected as the Gilbert White Fellow by the Resources for the Future. He spent the last several years writing his memoir THE JOURNEY OF A JEW FROM BAGHDAD which will be available for purchase at the event.
He lives in Sacramento, CA.
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Sierra Jewish Academy
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