Growing up a Stateless Arab Jew for over 20 years, I am compelled to tell the story of Jews from Arab lands, and our 3,000 year history in the regions that are now Jew-free. I am an active member of JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa). As a member of their Advisory Board and participant in their Speakers Bureau, I am committed to making sure our history is not lost.
We may be “the forgotten refugees,” as coined by The David Project. In their film, they document the expulsion of the 800,000 plus displaced and exiled Jews from Arab lands. It is a passion of mine to change our "forgotten" and "irrelevant" trajectory. I aim to demystify and integrate the history of Mizrahim ( Jews from
Arabia and North Africa), into not only the Middle Eastern narrative, but also to correct the European/Ashkenazi dominance of the Jewish People. It is my aim to teach that we are in fact a multicultural People.
JIMENA- JEWS INDIGENOUS
TO THE MIDDLE EAST
AND NORTH AFRICA
Third from left- Father of Rachel Wahba