Arab Jew

Why do you call yourself an Arab Jew?” For those of us from Arab lands, identity has always been an issue. Some of us just want to forget, and erase the “Arab” part out completely. We have suffered, we never really belonged,we were eventually in the last sixty years kicked out. Its natural to want to be done with this identity. However erasing our history instead of understand and highlighting the difference in being Arab Jews, instead of Jewish Arabs is more to the point. Albert Memmi, in his deeply enlightening book, Jews and Arabs, explains the predicament i will attempt to paraphrase. We were not accepted as equal/ as Arab. Under Islam, we were Dhimmis,People of the Book, a “protected” m

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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