Sunday, November 11, 2007

Real stories behind the Justice for Jews campaign

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - Victoria Abda was desperate to save her husband from the hangman's noose when she knocked on the door of Saddam Hussein's house in Baghdad in 1969, her daughter Lydia Sasson told Cybercast News Service.

"Meir Abda and his brother Sasson were among the wealthy elite in Baghdad, but as Jews, they came under the systematic persecution that befell hundreds of thousands of Jews across the Middle East after the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

"Meir and Sasson, accused of spying for the Jewish state, were released from prison after three years, and by 1973, Lydia, her six siblings and her parents had fled Iraq one by one, leaving all their material goods behind.

"A Jewish advocacy group insists that stories like Abda's -- about Jews forced to flee Arab countries across the Middle East following the creation of the State of Israel - should be considered at the planned Israeli-Palestinian peace conference that's supposed to take place in Annapolis, Md., later this month."

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