April 2, 2020

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Exiled Jews were prominent in the arts


With thanks: Ruth

 The Jamal sisters

In the run-up to 30 November, the official Day to Commemorate Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran, the World Jewish Congress has produced a short video on famous Jews in philosophy and the arts.

Among  others, the video tells the story of the Jamal sisters from Egypt, King Farouk’s favourite belly dancers. They were on tour abroad when they received a message from their father not to return to Nasser’s Egypt – 25,000 Jews were expelled after 1956.

Belly dancers admired by the Egyptian king

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