NEW YORK (Feb. 1)
The recent murder of nine Iraqi Jews who had been in prison for some months was reported today by Jacob Stein, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Declaring he had received this information from unimpeachable sources, Stein urged the governments of the world to protest this latest atrocity inflicted upon the small Jewish community in Iraq, now numbering less than 500, compared to some 150,000 in the 1940s.
The chairman of the Presidents Conference called upon “the nations of the world to make formal protest to the government of Iraq against this latest report of the murder of nine Jews and the virtually complete disenfranchisement of the remaining Jews in the country.”
Stein expressed “great concern over the worsening of the situation that threatens the total extinction of the Jews residing in Iraq. My information is that the government of Iraq has seized the property of all its Jews through newly enacted regulations. The situation of the Jews in Iraq has tragically deteriorated in the past few months to a point where life there for Jews is completely intolerable. Their only hope for life is immediate emigration.”