Journal of the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center
No.13, Summer 2001



 
EVENTS AT THE CENTER
"I AM PROUD TO BE AN IRAQI JEW"
A FESTIVE ASSEMBLY FOR THE FIFTIETH JUBILEE OF ALIYA
Yehuda Sayig

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Daliah Itzik and Raanan Cohen, the two Iraqi Ministers spoke of the integration and success of Iraqi Jews in Israel: "I am proud to belong to this big and glorious family," Mrs. Itzik said and was met by loud applause from the crowd.
"It is true," added the Minister Cohen, "we faced lots of difficulties. I, myself, was raised in a Ma'abarah (transit camp) in Or Yehuda. But we really can look behind us with pride and ahead of us with great expectations."
Minister Matan Vilnai confirmed that the story of the immigration of Iraqi Jews is great by any worldwide standard: "I am here to salute you".
The Minister of Education Mrs. Limor Livnat sent a congratulatory letter saying: "Iraqi Jews in Israel were and still are great believers in Zionism and followers of the same path."


Among the speakers were the Mayor of Or-Yehuda, Advocate Yitzhak Bukhubza and writer Eli Amir.
Many took part in the festivities such as a musical band, choir, singers: Ilanit, Artist Shosha Goren and Sabri Khalaf. Yehezkel Abu Zwilli from Jerusalem sang and quoted proverbs. The band, which was especially brought together, included the following elders Nissim Rabi, Albert Elias, Elias Zbeida, Menashe Muallem, Meir Levi and Naim Rajwan.

The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center

Management, staff and volunteers, Mourn deeply on the passing away of

Yitzhak Eliash

One of the senior activator of operation Ezra & Nehemia
and a volunteer who worked for the center

The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center

we deeply regret the passing away
of Bob Steffes and Milton Lang
the pilots who helped in flying thousands of Iraqi Jews to Israel during
"Operation Ezra and Nehemia".
May their memories be blessed.


(L to R) Mr. Yitzhak Navon, Mr. Mordechay Ben-Porat, Mr. Bob Steffes, Captain Arthur Lippa, Mr. Milton Lang, Mrs. Ilana Marcus