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The Final Exodus of the Libyan Jews in 1967

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Publication Date: October 2007

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Maurice Roumani

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Multiculturalism and cultural relations)
Social conditions (History)
Social conditions (Social conditions and problems)

Keywords: Immigration; International Relations; Jewish security; Antisemitism


After 2,500 years of presence, the Libyan Jewish community has ceased to exist, the author explains. He traces causes of the decline of the community through Italian racial laws in the 1940s, pogroms during British administration, nationalistic anti-Jewish policies following Libyan independence in 1952, restrictions on Jewish civil and religious liberties during the 1960s, violence against Jews during the Six Day War, and continued oppression after Qadhafi's coup in 1969.


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