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A Somali- jew hoping to break the silence

Postby Coeus » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:23 pm

"Somalia is almost entirely Muslim, and Avraham could not feel more alone. "The hardest thing in my life is being Yehud, or Jewish, in a city where 99 percent of the people are Muslim," he writes in his blog. "Living as a Yehudi or Jewish person is not easy. I am surrounded by Muslim people all the time. Some are nice and some are full of hate. The people who are full of hate are ignorant people who are brainwashed in the Islamic school in Mogadishu."

"Unlike neighboring Ethiopia, there is essentially no Jewish community in Somalia. The closest thing seems to be a tribe called the Yibir, who are believed to be descendants of Jews, but even they are now wholly Muslim and have been for at least 800 years - though they are still discriminated against as if they were Jewish. Avraham writes that when his family came to Mogadishu from Yemen in 1901, there was no synagogue, but there was a Jewish cemetery. His grandparents and other family members are buried there, but he writes that the cemetery is now destroyed and houses have been built on it. "You can't do a thing or say something," he posted on his blog. "Just watch it and cry inside of your heart and soul."

"Somehow, against all odds, Avraham has embraced his Jewish heritage, even though it causes him both pain and danger. He wishes his readers "Shabbat shalom" and talks about his celebration of Jewish holidays, but occasionally laments the fact that he has no other Jews with whom to celebrate these occasions besides his mother. Meanwhile, he tries to stay home entirely on Friday, because otherwise he is questioned about why he is not attending services at a mosque."






Update: Abraham has stopped blogging due to safety fears
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Re: A Somali- jew hoping to break the silence

Postby Basra- » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:38 pm

:roll: Oh please. this is a mali trying to capitalize on getting opportunity. I have a somali friend who only hangs with white people. He says--to the yuhud---he is half yuhud and half ethiopian, but technically he is yuhud, since his mother is yuhud. ridiculous. :lol:

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Re: A Somali- jew hoping to break the silence

Postby Coeus » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:43 pm

Basra- wrote::roll: Oh please. this is a mali trying to capitalize on getting opportunity. I have a somali friend who only hangs with white people. He says--to the yuhud---he is half yuhud and half ethiopian, but technically he is yuhud, since his mother is yuhud. ridiculous. :lol:

This guy has a connection with Yemen, and Yemen used to have alot of jews.

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Re: A Somali- jew hoping to break the silence

Postby udun » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:12 pm

That was a Shanshi guy who used to write from Mogadishu when Arta government was established.

I also remember in Merka in the late 1980s people talking about several families being Jewish. One of them had a restaurant next to the movie theater. I also remember people talking about their synagogue in the middle of the old Merka buildings.

In 1972, after Somalia joined the Arab league, there were policy of evicting all Jews from Arab countries provided that they did not inform the Arab state about their Jewish identity. The intention was to ensure any Isreali sympathizer is known and watched to ensure the repeat of what happened in 1967 war did not happen again. After Somalia joined the Arab league, the Somali government expelled two Italian Jews from Somalia because 1st they were not Somali nationals and secondly they were Jews and were percieved to be a security threat. One them died recently and was a famous journalist who was working for the Israeli intelligence. He was sent to Somalia by the Israeli government to research the Somali attitudes about elections and 'democracy'. This project started in the early 1960s and that activity continued until his expulsion.

A former Somali government official confided that the Somali government has always suspected some of the roots of the Somali Shaanshi communities. Recently, some people are casting doubts about the claim of many people who claim to be Ashraaf.

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Re: A Somali- jew hoping to break the silence

Postby Coeus » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:18 pm

udun wrote:That was a Shanshi guy who used to write from Mogadishu when Arta government was established.

I also remember in Merka in the late 1980s people talking about several families being Jewish. One of them had a restaurant next to the movie theater. I also remember people talking about their synagogue in the middle of the old Merka buildings.

In 1972, after Somalia joined the Arab league, there were policy of evicting all Jews from Arab countries provided that they did not inform the Arab state about their Jewish identity. The intention was to ensure any Isreali sympathizer is known and watched to ensure the repeat of what happened in 1967 war did not happen again. After Somalia joined the Arab league, the Somali government expelled two Italian Jews from Somalia because 1st they were not Somali nationals and secondly they were Jews and were percieved to be a security threat. One them died recently and was a famous journalist who was working for the Israeli intelligence. He was sent to Somalia by the Israeli government to research the Somali attitudes about elections and 'democracy'. This project started in the early 1960s and that activity continued until his expulsion.

A former Somali government official confided that the Somali government has always suspected some of the roots of the Somali Shaanshi communities. Recently, some people are casting doubts about the claim of many people who claim to be Ashraaf.

Wow.... thanks for the info

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Re: A Somali- jew hoping to break the silence

Postby VybzKartel » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:26 pm

After Somalia joined the Arab league, the Somali government expelled two Italian Jews from Somalia because 1st they were not Somali nationals and secondly they were Jews and were percieved to be a security threat. One them died recently and was a famous journalist who was working for the Israeli intelligence.


Damn!


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