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Silent Exodus (2004)

Pierre Rehov  |  Unrated |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Pierre Rehov
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M3LSBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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They were more than a million Jews. Between 1946 and 1974, this million is the number of forgotten fugitives, expelled from the Arab world, and whom history would like to forget, while the victims themselves have hidden their fate under a veil of modesty. The Jews have been living in Arabic lands for thousands of years and seemed to accept their fate forever, some even considering their survival as a miracle. But 1948, the beginning of their exodus, was also the birth of the State of Israel. And, while the Arab armies were preparing to invade the young refugee-country, while the survivors of the Shoah were piling up in dangerous boats to fulfill at last the return to the land of their dreams and their prayers, a few hundred thousand Arabs from Palestine were getting ready to flee their home, convinced that they would return as winners and conquerors. They were soon going to fill up the refugee camps built on their brothers' land, and - because of their refusal to integrate - pass on their refugee status to the next generations. The Jews did not get any special status. They had just returned to the Land of their fathers And if they came from Aden, Yemen, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia or Libya, if they had lost everything and sometimes even relatives, memories and cemeteries, it is in Israel and the west that they were ready to rebuild their lives. Without ever asking for any compensation, any right to return, or even wishing that their story be told... Buy THE SILENT EXODUS online.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Myth debunking at its best March 11, 2007
Through historical news clips and films, this exemplary 2004 documentary sheds light on a very thorny question raised by pundits' frequent claims that, from medieval times through the early 20th century, life was vastly better for Jewish residents of the Arab and Muslim Middle East than for those in Christian Europe.

Namely: if that were true, why in 1939, did less than one percent of the world's 17 million Jewish people live in the Arab and Muslim Middle East, against more than 40 percent in Christian Europe?

Evidently, life for 1.5 million Jews in the Muslim Middle East wasn't so much better than for the majority who lived in Europe, after all. In general, it may have been worse.

Here available for the first time to a large public audience, for example, are black and white films of the hundreds of naked bodies of Jews murdered and piled in wagons in circa 1911 Morocco.

Here too are interviews with several surviving victims of the June 1, 1941 Farhud (pogrom) against Iraqi Jews. Houses were destroyed, shopkeepers bludgeoned to death (in the head), homes and synagogues burned, and women and girls raped. In one particularly disturbing interview, a woman describes her gang rape, as a 12-year-old girl, by Muslim men who verbally expressed during the act their delight to destroy the dignity and virginity of a Jewish girl.

Viewers witness mobs of Arabs rallying, parading and screaming for Jewish blood, the merciless hangings of innocent Jewish men--simply for being Jewish--and the conflagrations that destroyed Jewish homes, businesses and houses of worship.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Rory
Pierre Rehov's film tells the story of 1,000,000 Middle Eastern (Mizrahi) Jews who were compelled to leave Arab countries and became refugees. Most of them went to Israel. These Jews predated both Islam and Christianity, and have had a contiguous presence in the Middle East for thousands of years. Yet throughout history they suffered under Arab rule (some periods were worse than others). Eventually these Jews left-- most went to Israel.

Rehov's documentary explores the rise of Islamic radicalism and Arab nationalism which made life for Mizrahi Jews unbearable. There are firsthand accounts from Middle Eastern Jews from various Arab countries who experienced and witnessed persecution. The film is extremely useful to anyone who wants a fair and comprehensive view of the Israel-Arab conflict.

Today, fewer than 3,000 Jews remain in Middle Eastern lands, many living in poverty. They also often find themselves the recipients of religious hate-crimes. My father's family was from Iraq where the population of Babylonian Jews numbered at over 150,000. Today there are 7 Jews remaining. Middle Eastern Jewish communities have been totally ethnically cleansed and have received scant attention from international human rights groups (there hasn't even been a single UN resolution addressing the plight of Mizrahi Jews). It is shameful.

As a daughter of Middle Eastern Jews, I am very inspired by Pierre Rehov's comprehensive work on this subject.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truth exposed April 23, 2010
By Robert
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We always hear about the Palestinian refugees of the 1948 war. Yet we never hear about the 1 million Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries following that war (nor about their plight as second class "non Muslim" citizens for centuries prior to that event). It goes a long way to explain why a two State option is the only solution for the Middle East. Muslims do not wish to share their country with non believers, and through the simple math of birth rate, they would become the majority of any other option. More importantly, Jewish refugees were accepted and absorbed by their new country.They lost everything, were able to rebuild and are looking neither for compensation nor to return. The Palestinians, on the other hand, are still struggling in their refugee camps. Talk about Arab solidarity....
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This offered a rarely visited view into the Jewish plight of post-World War II that simply isn't taught and is back up with video footage and first person accounts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The True Story That Few Know About February 11, 2014
By Mark
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Pierre Rehov lets the Jews who lived in Arab lands speak for themselves about their painful exodus and how they were mistreated in Arab countries for centuries, often attacked violently and always treated as sub-human. They are not living in refugee camps today. They have been integrated into Israeli society and have brought their unique culture with them to Israel and made great contribution to Israel even though they came with little no material things or money, but with faith and hope. Be sure to get all of Pierre Rehov's documentaries. They are all eye openers.
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