Let the Healing Begin in Iraq

Haaretz reports something that is very, very nice: Israelis of Iraqi origin can vote in Iraqi elections. The thesis that I should be writing instead of this blog-post (and my posts over at Columbians for Academic Freedom) focuses on the problems having to do with identity in the Middle East, and how accepting Jews as legitimate members of the Middle East–and the subsequent acceptance of Palestinian Arabs as Palestinian by Jews as being legitimate residents of the land as well–is the underlying factor that needs to be dealt with.
Iraq, by legitimizing the voting rights of Jews who lived in Iraq but were driven out during the late 1940s and 1950s can be the first step in seeing Jews as eternal citizens of the Middle East.


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