Hello jon s,
Yes, I am well aware of the Wikipedia entry on the Iraqi exodus, which feigns ignorance of the various proofs of the Zionist bombings. The horrible anti-Jewish edicts it cites are, as far as I know, accurate. But, while in no way justifying them, your presentation of the situation is disingenuous. You omit the entire factor of Zionism, which is the root of it all.
First of all, the Iraqi gov was at first against Jews leaving, because it meant strengthening the Israeli state (which of course was the only reason Israel wanted the exodus). I notice that even Wikipedia states that Jews had to be secreted out at first. That these events all began in mid-to-late 1948, is not coincidence.
While unhappy about Jews leaving to (inevitably, regardless of their individual desires for their future) support that “enemy state”, the Iraq gov unfortunately bought the racist Zionist premise that Jews + Zionism + Israel were more-or-less interchangeable, and therefore began treating its Jewish citizens as foreign agents. If you are a Zionist, this makes perfect sense, and is the same ethnicity=state racism that, for example, led the United States to intern Japanese citizens during WWII. Iraq should be faulted — for taking Zionism at its word.
I will paste in a segment from “The Jews of Baghdad and Zionism: 1920-1948″, by Ari Alexander, Magdalen College, which says much the same in greater depth:
It was because of Zionism that Jewish-Muslim relations could never be like Christian-Muslim relations in Baghdad. Whereas many Christians experienced the same socio-economic benefits of British favoritism and even similar exclusion from nationalist circles, the Jews were guilty by association since their co-religionists were engaging in a daily campaign that was widely perceived to be anti-Arab and anti-Muslim in nature. And it was the Zionists who willfully constructed the dichotomy of ‛Arab’ and ‛Jew’, sowing the seeds of regional conflict that placed ‛Arab-Jews’ in no-man’s land. When the Arab nationalists reproduced this dichotomy and took the Zionists at their word, blurring the line between Jews and Zionists, the ‛Arab-Jews’, much to the joy of Zionist leaders, were forced into the arms, however reluctantly, of the Zionist state.
If Israel had not been created, the Jews living in Middle Eastern countries would have continued to live in relative security, as any other minority. And if Zionism had been an ideology adopted by the Copts, the Egyptian Copts, even ‛anti-Zionist’ Copts, would have been similarly scapegoated and reluctantly pushed to the new state for the Copts in Palestine.The story of Baghdadi Jews is not, as the Zionist narrative would have it, just one of many examples of gentile hatred of Jews. And if the Zionists can be said to have ‛saved’ the Iraqi Jews, as contemporary Zionist historians would have it, then they only needed saving in the first place because of the growth of Zionism and the stirring it aroused around the Arab world.