My heritage is first generation and fifth generation from Baghdad
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Submitted by Gracie Hayeem Lerno (United States), Dec 28, 2012 03:42
I was born in Bombay, India. My mother arrived with her father from Baghdad to marry my father. My father was already an established Baghdadian family five generations before. I have no knowledge of how his ancestors arrived. We believe it was by the same way my mother arrived, by boat. There was free connection and a lot of trade with Baghdad, Basraa, Bombay, and other cities in India. David Sasson, a prominent Baghdadian Jew, established great trade between Baghdad and Bombay. He is well known in Bombay and around the world. He was knighted by Queen Victoria and became known as Sir David Sasson. The David Sasson Library is now over 100 years old, as is the Bombay docks also named after him. There are many books written about him.
I am so very glad that Nabil Al-Hadairi represented the Jewish people. My mother had to escape from Iraq. Her uncle "Shafeek Adaas" was hung in the city square with many other Jews during the last part of the second war. My mother, who was already living in Bombay for ten years, cried a lot when she heard the sad news.
I think the cause you are standing for is so important. I would like to know more. There are many Iraqi Jews in Israel, London, Australia, America, and perhaps in many more countries of the world. I think in Homkong too.
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Whatever his motives, it is clear that the man who carried out the most recent attack, was influenced by the messages that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority leadership have been sending their people.
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There can be no two-state solution and no sovereign Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan, however desirable those things might be. The stark military reality is that Israel cannot withdraw its forces from the West Bank.
Fatah leaders ally themselves with the terrorists of Hamas, and, like Hamas, they continue to reject the every existence of the State of Israel.
If Western leaders actually want to help, they should use all diplomatic and economic means to make it clear to the Palestinians that they will never achieve an independent and sovereign state while they remain set on the destruction of the State of Israel.
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A sovereign state of Palestine, as identified by the Arabs -- a Muslim land occupied by "Palestinian" Arabs -- has never existed; not before 1948, and not before 1967. From the start, it was, and continues to be, the Arab states -- not Israel -- that became the core impediment to Palestinian sovereignty.
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