Thread: Jews of Lebanon
12-10-2005, 04:52 PM #1
Jews of Lebanon
1948 Jewish population: 20,000
2003: Fewer than 100
When Christian Arabs ruled Lebanon, Jews enjoyed relative toleration. In the mid-50’s, approximately 7,000 Jews lived in Beirut. As Jews in an Arab country, however, their position was never secure, and the majority left in 1967.
Fighting in the 1975-76 Muslim-Christian civil war swirled around the Jewish Quarter in Beirut, damaging many Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues. Most of the remaining 1,800 Lebanese Jews emigrated in 1976, fearing the growing Syrian presence in Lebanon would curtail their freedom of emigration. Most Jews went to Europe (particularly France), the United States, and Canada.
In the mid-1980's, Hezbollah kidnapped several prominent Jews from Beirut — most were leaders of what remained of the country's tiny Jewish community. Four of the Jews were later found murdered. Nearly all of the remaining Jews are in Beirut, where there is a committee that represents the community. Because of the current political situation, Jews are unable to openly practice Judaism.
In 2004, only 1 out of 5,000 Lebanese Jewish citizens registered to vote participated in the municipal elections. Virtually none of those registered remains in the country. The lone Jewish voter said that most of the community consists of old women.2
12-10-2005, 04:53 PM #2
I belive Arabs were scared they would create another Jewish state in Lebanon, like they did in Palestine.
12-10-2005, 04:58 PM #3Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
12-10-2005, 05:02 PM #4
It started with less than 20,000 in Palestine also.
12-10-2005, 05:14 PM #5Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
Terrible argument, C.
12-10-2005, 09:37 PM #6Retired Vet
Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
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And the Lebanese prior to Operations Peace for Galilee and Litani feared the Palestinians were trying to creat a Palestinian state in Lebanon. Like their trying to do today in Israel.
12-11-2005, 02:27 AM #7Originally Posted by BOUNCER
why dont they give them a country in poland , germany or austria, its not just talking! I really think its great idea.
12-11-2005, 04:55 AM #8Retired Vet
Originally Posted by MilitiaGuy
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No, your wrong. You were told this is a good idea and like the lemming you have been here recently your going along blindly.
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