Farhud

posted Jun 3, 2011, 6:40 PM by Abhishek Ojha   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 8:16 PM ]

The news story says ...two days of violence that followed have become known as the Farhud (Arabic for "violent dispossession"). It spelt the end for a Jewish community that dated from the time of Babylon. Another hatred chapter of history. Also sometimes known as  "forgotten pogrom of the Holocaust", "the beginning of the end of the Jewish community of Iraq"[wikipedia] and Arab-Nazi axis. The story end with..

For Haddad, another legacy of the Farhud is a contradictory attitude to Iraqi Muslims. He has operated on injured Iraqis free of charge, has visited Iraq as an adviser to the government, and is described by Iraq's ambassador in Washington as "the best Iraqi I know". But while he numbers some Iraqi Muslims among his friends, he remains on his guard in the presence of others.

"I have this feeling, a sort of distrust, that the Farhud created," he says. "It's an emotional thing that you cannot eradicate that easily."


Historians and sociologists often try to formulate reasons for such killings. But can there be a reason for killing? The simple answer is: No ! Nothing can justify killing !


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