Wednesday, May 03, 2006


The Forgotten Refugees

While the average Joe is bombarded day in, day out with constant reminders of the "palestinian" refugees (who in reality fled Israel under the orders of the outside Arab leaders to make way for the Arab armies), it's unlikely you'll ever hear about the 1 million Jewish refugees who were banished from the Arab/Islamic world (where they had lived from pre-Islamic times) solely for the "crime" of being Jewish.

Sound intriguing? Well if you would like to know more, WHRO-TV have produced a documentary that examines the plight of those refugees and breaks the mainstream media silence on these dark chapters in history.

The homepage for the film can be found here and if you would like to watch a few short video extracts from the documentary click on the following image :

The following is a recent news article about the program :

NORFOLK - "It's my story. It's my parents' story."

That is how a Norfolk woman, Farideh Goldin, describes "The Forgotten Refugees," a PBS documentary that airs at 10 tonight on WHRO .

The 45-minute film deals with Jews who became refugees from Muslim lands in the years after the state of Israel was founded in 1948. The producers say the story of the Mizrahi Jews is a forgotten story.

"The Jews were forced to leave their birthplaces in the Middle East and North Africa due to intimidation from their governments and their neighbors," according to a news release . "In many cases, the refugees were not allowed to sell their property, businesses or goods before departing. Many Muslim governments profited from their departure, obtaining in many cases large swaths of land and big businesses ."

Goldin, whose family left Iran in 1979 after the Islamic revolution led by the Ayatollah Khomeini ended the reign of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi , said her parents lost much upon leaving Iran for Israel.

"Their losses were both material and emotional. They lost their place in the Iranian society and culture," she said.

The film's producers estimate that 600,000 displaced Jews, such as Goldin's family, went to Israel. The others were scattered to other lands. "The plight of these nearly 1 million Jewish refugees from Arab lands has never before been recognized or addressed," said Rafi Finegold, the project manager for the film produced by The David Project and IsraTV.

"The Forgotten Refugees" features interviews with refugees from Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Iraq and Iran. Included are pictures and film that show the exodus of people who, as victims of anti-Semitism, were despised minorities in Muslim nations.

"The refugees have suffered twice. First, in their persecution, and secondly in knowing that their story had been forgotten," said Goldin, who was in her 20s when she left Iran with her parents and sister, all of whom live in Israel.


bout 20 years ago or more i saw a tunisian film, about a Muslim boy befriending the last Jewish old man in his town: it did very gently and indirectly address this topic.


sounds interesting, do you remember what the name of the film was?


I'm writing from The David Project. Glad you picked up on the film. Just to be clear, it is we who produced the film, not WHRO. More information at our website:


thanks anon, is there anyway people not in the US can see the film???

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