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Jews in an Arab Land: Libya, 1835-1970
Jews in an Arab Land: Libya, 1835-1970
By Renzo De Felice
University of Texas Press, 1985, 406 pp

The Jews of Libya, never very numerous, endured varying degrees of discrimination and persecution under Arab, Ottoman, Italian and British rule but continued to maintain their identity and community life. In the years following World War II, when pogroms erupted under the impact of Arab nationalism, Zionism and events in Palestine, they made their choice for emigration, mainly to Israel. By the time Qaddafi took power in 1969 there were but 200 left. This history, which covers both the internal life of the community and the swirling international and local forces which buffeted it, is as near to definitive as one can get. The original Italian edition was published in 1978.