London (Apr. 9)
A report from Baghdad carried in the London press ##day states that the Chief Rabbi of Iraq, Sassoon Khedouri, issued a statement de?aring that “Iraqi Jews will be forever against Zionism.”
“Jews and Arabs have enjoyed the same rights and privileges in Iraq for 1,000 ##ears,” Dr. Khedouri is further reported to have said. “The Jews do not regard them#elves as a distinctive part of this nation. The Zionist press had tried to create ##ifferences of opinion between Jews and Arabs, but I and every Iraqi Jew oppose and ##ll fight such an aggressive attitude. iraqi Jews are not Zionist and never will ##e.”The Jews in Iraq and other Middle East countries have been subjected to in?reasing anti-Zionist pressure in recent monthe by their governments. Last month ##e Syrian Government warned the country’s Jews to dencunce Zionism and threatened ##at the death penalty would be imposed on persons aiding refugees to reach Pales?ne by way of Syria. Violent anti-Zionist diatribes have been voiced in the ##gyptian Parliament and attacks made on the nation’s Jews for their alleged pro-Zion##st sympathies.