Jews and Kurds of Kurdistan: The Story of Two Nations (Hommes et Migrations)

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MDC Junior Researcher Ceng Sagnic writes about the history of the Jews of Kurdistan. In French.
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The smallest non-Muslim minority in Kurdistan, people who were, for many historians, true  representatives of the local culture and traditions, left the region towards Israel alongside their Iraqi brethren during 1952-53. However, just like it had been the case throughout the Jewish history in Kurdistan, the departure of the Kurdish Jews was completely different from how the Jews left other countries elsewhere in the Middle East and in Europe. According to what is being said today in Israel among the descendants of the Kurdish Jews, Kurdistan was the only place on earth where the Jews went out in the streets to celebrate the re-gained access to the land of Israel after some 2700 years. Meanwhile, their non-Muslim neighbors were mourning and crying for their departure. Many claim that the mass emigration of Kurdish Jews did not put an end to the symbiotic relationship of the Kurds and the Jews, it rather escalated it to a much different level.