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In 1948 nearly one million Jews lived in Arab lands. But In barely twenty years, they have become forgotten fugitives, expelled from their native lands, forgotten by history and where the victims themselves have hidden their fate under a cloak of silence.A people whom legend have always associated with “wandering” many of these Jews from Arab lands had lived there for thousands of years and accepted their fate, through good times and bad times.

The Silent Exodus by Pierre Rehov. Purchase documentary HERE

Personal stories of life as dhimmi (outsiders) in the Middle East and North Africa

The Forgotten Refugees, a film about the Mass Exodus of Millions of North African and Middle Eastern Jews

About the Award-Winning Documentary Film & Educational Portal
Buried beneath the headlines of the Middle East conflict is the nearly forgotten story of the region’s indigenous Jewish communities. In 1945, up to one million Jews lived in the Middle East outside of the Palestine Mandate. Within a few years, only a few thousand remained.

The Forgotten Refugees explores the history and destruction of Middle Eastern Jewish communities, some of which had existed for over 2,500 years. It chronicles the impact of the Arab Muslim conquest, the development of Judeo-Arab culture, and the modern rise of Arab nationalism that drove out hundreds of thousands of Jews from their homes and communities. This destruction is a significant loss for the Jewish people and for the Middle East.
Featuring testimony from Jews who fled Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Morocco and Iran, the film explores the rich heritage and destruction of the Middle East’s age-old Jewish communities. Personal stories of refugees are interspersed with dramatic archival footage, including the mission to rescue Yemenite Jews.

The film represents a unique approach to educating the public about an integral but little known aspect of Middle East history.

Get a FREE copy of the Film. Email or call (617) 428-0012 to get a complimentary copy of The Forgotten Refugees. Shipping & handling: $5.00

The Forgotten Refugees Official Website HERE

Jewish Wedding in Morocco, Eugène Delacroix-Jüdische Hochzeit in Marokko 1837–41

Habbani Jewish bodyguards

1922: King Abdulla Ibn Hussein of Transjordan sits under the watchful eyes of his Jewish bodyguards, Habanni Yemenite brothers Sayeed, Salaah, and Saadia Sofer.

The History of Abir Hebrew Warrior Arts HERE

Star of David Mirror Handcrafted in Morocco


The Last Jews of Libya

The Last Jews of Libya documents the final decades of a centuries-old Sephardic Jewish community through the lives of the remarkable Roumani family. Thirty-six thousand Jews lived in Libya at the end of World War II, but not a single one remains today.


The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage Edited by Loolwa Khazzoom

Many of us have stereotypes of what “Jewish” looks like—and for many of us that image is white and European. Yet, with the blossoming Jewish multiculturalism movement, led by the dynamic Loolwa Khazzoom, the myth of a “monolithic Jewish community” is about to be debunked. Focusing on the experiences of Jewish women of two rich and varied regions, The Flying Camel reveals the hidden worlds of Jewish women often misunderstood or maligned by both the cultures in which they live and the European-Jewish community.

Book: The Farhud by Edwin Black
“TIMELY AND REVEALING, in the Farhud, Black has brought to the surface a topic that others would have purposely overlooked.” Shelomo Alfassa former U.S. Director of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries


Jews displaced from Arab lands finally recognized

Persecuted Yemeni Jews to be given sanctuary in Britain

Jewish Exodus from Arab and Muslim Lands

Museum provides a history of Jews in Morocco

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5 Responses to “The Forgotten Refugees – Jews Indigenous to the Middle East & North Africa”

  • lawrence:

    Thank you, I reestablished Facebook account and am looking at website.

  • lawrence:

    Thankyou. I tried to access but I don’t have Facebook. I have read a few comments on different sites and seems like some do not accept conversos like me. As if we are not relevant. Others have been kind. There are Portuguese Jews discovering our Jewish blood. I also have north african ancestry and my daughter sub saharan ancestry ,which ties in with our Sephardic roots.

    Thanks again

    • admin:

      Your discovery and journey is bigger and more relevant than those closed minds. It is unfortunate the link did not work for you. The site has very good information. However, there are many, many websites on the internet dedicated to Sephardic/ Conversos – Cryptos/ Anusim/ North African Jewish ancestry. We would love for you to keep us updated on your extraordinary journey. Kol HaKavod, much respect, and we wish you all the best!

  • lawrence:

    Through genetic genealogy,DNA, I have discovered that myself and my children through myself and their mother that we are descendent of Portuguese Sephardic Jews. I must say I feel a bit cheated,confused and and a bit angery. I have suspected this for over a year but to have it confirmed has created powerful feelings. That my ancestors had to be forced to convert to Christianity and that they must have suffered so much. I am a Christian and I feel like I have been cheated by not having a choice to experience and chose my path. We have Sephardic blood and I want to yell it from the rooftops. I have rollercoaster of emotions. If I had a shirt that said Portuguese Jew or Converso or Anuseim I would wear it everday. My gosh I only know four people that are Jewish and they are Ashkenazi. I have been reading as much as I can and trying to be not so upset. Inspire of this the journey could be an exciting life changing one

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