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June 3, 2018 11:12 am

Shi’a Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr: Jews Can Return to Iraq — if They Show Loyalty

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Iraqi Shi’a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, May 17, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Alaa al-Marjani / File.

Shi’a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said on Saturday that Jews could return to Iraq if they “demonstrated loyalty,” the Hebrew news site Walla reported.

The 44-year-old Sadr heads the Saairun coalition, which won the most seats in the Iraqi parliamentary election last month.

His comment on Jews came in response to a question asked by a supporter, the Walla report said.

In the aftermath of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Sadr’s Mahdi Army targeted American troops.

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However, Sadr is now viewed as a potential ally in the effort to limit Iran’s influence in Iraq.

Around 150,000 Jews lived in Iraq — largely in Baghdad — in 1947, the year before Israel’s establishment.

Persecution by the Iraqi government prompted many Jews to flee the country between 1948 and 1951, mostly by airlift to Israel.

There was a further wave of emigration following the 1967 Six-Day War, and the Jewish population of Iraq is now estimated to total less than ten people.

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  • watsa46

    Loyal like dhimmi?

  • Mike jones

    The Jews were in Iraq long before Muslims. How can this Muslim cleric dictate who or who may not live in Iraq?

  • stannadel

    and who wants to put their head in this noose?

  • ricardo

    Thanks but no thanks. Muqtada Al-Sadr can keep his filthy country judenrein for another millennium for all I care about. Why would a dhimi Jew (second-class citizen with less rights, and forced to pay extra taxes) would have any loyalty to a filthy, racist piece of scum like this?

    • Isahiah62

      I had a similar comment but was not approved for print I suppose..

  • Paul

    How wonderful and enlightened !!
    IF the Jews show loyalty, they can return to the country they were thrown out of. (Question – will their property be returned ?)
    And IF their loyalty becomes suspect, or IF some other leader replaces this one, or IF this leader changes his mind – then they will again be killed or exiled ?

  • OnlyWhatsDoneForChristWillLast

    Any Jew who falls for this needs to have his head examined.
    “Show loyality” – to Islam he means!

  • Kwitcherbellyakin

    Living in a Nationalistic and theocratic country is like handling explosives. If you are away from a situation like that, don’t look back. You left with your shirt on your back, and now you are invited back. Not even a Dhimmicrat would buy that deal.

  • wn2wnx

    Oh great, can’t wait to leave the US and return to Iraq. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity.

    • A. Golem

      Oh great, you will be the 10th Jew for a minyan! Then, you can rescue the 9 other Jews and get them out of there!

  • Mary_Linda

    Iraq must be hurting if their “leaders” come out to woo Jews.