Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dear Jon: The Jews fled Iraq decades before the 2003 US invasion

...By 2003, when the Allied invasion began, there were only 34 Jews left in Iraq. Today, there are believed to be 5 Jews remaining. The expulsion of Iraq’s Jews occurred due to the rise of Arab nationalism and Nazi-style annihilationist antisemitism in the 40s. To suggest, as Snow did, that Jewish life in the country ended as the result of the US-led invasion is completely ahistorical.

Adam Levick..
UK Media Watch..
10 June '15..

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow has been roundly criticized for the following tweet about former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, who died last week in an Iraqi prison.

Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz has died in jail: Nice guy in a nasty situation – made no better by Bush/BLair’s Shock and Awe

— Jon Snow (@jonsnowC4) June 5, 2015

Aziz was sentenced to death for his role as a senior member – and the token Assyrian Christian – of a regime which murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens. He was a loyal defender of Saddam Hussein until he was overthrown during the Second Gulf War. Nonetheless, Snow defended his comments about Aziz, telling The Independent:

“I think he was made the fall guy by the West. It’s a long time ago. He’s been in prison for a long time. There were plenty of people who needed to go to prison in that regime. He was one of the only ones who were picked off.”

“I just described him as a nice guy. It’s an absolute tragic morass in which everybody has behaved badly. What was the idea of going in and smashing that place? It meant Christians couldn’t stay. It meant Jews couldn’t stay.

Note to Snow: The flight of Iraq’s Jews occurred more than fifty years prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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