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Iraq Parliament Passes Bill Freezing Assets of Jews Who Gave Up Nationality

The Iraqi Parliament has passed a bill freezing the property and bank accounts of Jews deprived of their Iraqi nationality, according to reports from Baghdad published here today. A number of Jews have surrendered their Iraqi nationality at their own request in accordance with a law passed last March, authorizing Jews to leave the country if they wished.

Under the new bill, a foreign property commission would take charge of the property of the 100,000 Jews who, up to Friday, had lost their Iraqi nationality at their own request. Some 30,000 of these Jews have already left for Israel, while the remaining 70,000 are awaiting an airlift to the Jewish state. Twenty-five thousand Jews are remaining at Iraqi nationals.