Friday, October 22nd | 16 Heshvan 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


Wisam Al-Hardan

Muslim leader

Wisam al-Hardan is the leader of the Sunni movement known as the “Sons of Iraq,” which aligned with the US military in Western Iraq against al Qaeda in 2008. Al-Hardan was among more than 300 leaders of Iraqi civil society who gathered in the Kurdish city of Erbil, in northern Iraq, in September to advocate for peace with Israel. “In striving to rebuild Iraq, we must reconnect with the whole of our diaspora, including the Iraqi Jews,” al-Hardan wrote in the Wall Street Journal following the conference. “We reject the hypocrisy in some quarters of Iraq that speaks kindly of Iraqi Jews while denigrating their Israeli citizenship and the Jewish state, which granted them asylum.” Along with several other participants, Al-Hardan was the subject of an Iraqi government arrest warrant following the conference. (Photo: Center for Peace Communications)


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