Has Wikileaks Forced Iraq’s Jews To Leave Baghdad?
There was a shocking story on BBC Radio 4 this morning about Wikileaks and the last remaining Jews of Baghdad (you can listen to it here).
They may be forced to leave.
The HuffPo reports:
Despite once being part of a thriving community, post-war Baghdad has seen the increasing persecution of Iraqi Jews, so much so that the ones who remain were only protected by their anonymity. “We are trying to support them but the WikiLeaks publication is very, very dangerous,” Canon Andrew White, an American vicar in the Iraqi capital, was quoted as saying by The Times.
One of the 215,287 unredacted cables published by WikiLeaks (The site says it only published the cables after an encryption code for the complete archive was leaked by a journalist from theGuardian) provides biographical sketches of the 9 remaining Jews in Baghdad. In total, only 35 Jews remain of a community that dates back to 721 B.C.
As MoreMediaNonsense notes, that the same Wikileaks that blamed the Jews:
Hislop adds that Assange went on to claim that Private Eye was “part of a conspiracy led by the Guardian which included journalist David Leigh, editor Alan Rusbridger and John Kampfner from Index on Censorship – all of whom ‘are Jewish'”.
“I pointed out that Rusbridger is not actually Jewish, but Assange insisted that he was ‘sort of Jewish’ because he was related to David Leigh (they are brothers-in-law),” writes Hislop. “When I doubted whether his Jewish conspiracy would stand up against the facts, Assange suddenly conceded the point. ‘Forget the Jewish thing’.”
Forgotten. Consider it a bit of nonsense in a private chat between pals…