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I am alarmed at what is being said about returning Jewish
property that was stolen by the Iraqi government to the
lawful owners of their descendants. It is not only the
stolen property that can be identified that is at issue,
our claims should include the phoney tax "reassessments"
that were imposed on Jewish businesses and individuals,
which were out and out robberies, plus damages for the
suffering and humiliation visited upon the Jewish community.
The Jews are native to Iraq. If the other Iraqis say they
are Arabs, then the Jews were there more then one thousand
years before the Arabs appeared on the world stage.
The Europeans and Americans think of the Jewish community
in terms they are familiar with. The Jews were relative
newcomers in most Europe. They have to be made to understand
that this picture does not apply to the Jews of Iraq,
who are the "natives" population of the country.
Iraq should be required to pay restitution money to the
Iraqi Jewish community to compensate us for the uprooting
and the resultant disruption of our lives.
Naim Mahlab, Montreal.
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