Persecutions Seen As Part of Plan to Launch New Attack on Israel

Observers here believe that the latest outbreak of official persecution of the Jews in Iraq is part of a broader scheme aimed at the liquidation of Iraqi Jewry and preparation for the renewal of hostilities against Israel, it was learned here today.

The Israel authorities have been aware for some time, it was also ascertained, of a two-point program drawn up by Iraqi Premier Nuri es-Said after a study and detailed analysis of the reasons for the Arabs’ defeat in the Palestine war.

The first point of the plan calls for the liquidation of the major part of the Iraqi community of 150,000 Jews. In explaining the purported revival of anti Jewish activities, Israel observers believe that the Iraqi Premier is attempting to make the Jews the scapegoat of internal disaffection and economic crisis, and to regain his waning personal popularity.

The second point of the Nuri es-Said scheme is to advance the project for a Syrian-Iraqi union. It is believed here that the Iraqi Premier’s intention is to lay the foundation for the long-promised “second round” against the new Jewish state.

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