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THE FINAL EXODUS OF THE LIBYAN JEWS IN 1967

Maurice Roumani
Jewish Political Studies Review
Vol. 19, No. 3/4 (Fall 2007), pp. 77-100
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25834752
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THE FINAL EXODUS OF THE LIBYAN JEWS IN 1967
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Abstract

The Libyan Jewish community, which went back 2,500 years, has ceased to exist. Its decline began in the 1940s with the application of Italy's Racial Laws, Libyan Jews' internment in concentration camps, and pogroms under the British administration. This led the large majority of Libyan Jews to emigrate to Israel after its establishment. The community's situation continued to deteriorate after Libya's independence in 1952. The country's fierce nationalism expressed itself in anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish policies. The Arab League's boycott of Israel damaged Libyan Jews economically. In the 1960s, the Libyan government restricted the Jews' civil and religious liberties. The situation culminated in violent outbursts against the community at the time of the Six Day War, leading to its evacuation from Libya.

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