The Final Exodus of the Libyan Jews in 1967

Publication Date: October 2007

Publisher: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Maurice Roumani

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

Keywords: Immigration; International Relations; Jewish security; Antisemitism

Type: Report


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.