by Semha Alwaya, San Francisco Chronicle:
In discussions about refugees in the Middle East, a major piece of the narrative is routinely omitted.
Some 900,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries were dispossessed by Arab governments, a story that is an inconvenience for those who seek to blame Israel for all the problems in the Middle East.
I was born in Baghdad and my mother tongue is Arabic.
150,000 Iraqi Jews – my family included – were forced out of Iraq, along with an additional 800,000 Jews from nine other Arab countries.
When the world of the 1930s and ’40s was divided between the democratic Allies and the Fascist Axis, Arab nationalists in Iraq and Palestine chose to form an alliance with Nazi Germany.