January 21, 2019

Tiny Jewish Population Remains in Myanmar

The Times of Israel reports that Myanmar, with a population of 52 million now has a Jewish community of only about 20 people:

Most of the Jews had fled when Japan invaded the country in World War II, as the Axis power distrusted them for their perceived political alignment with the British. The majority who remained left in the mid-1960s, when the new regime nationalized businesses as part of a socialist agenda that would soon run the country into the ground.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has found compelling evidence that the Burmese military1 as recently as August 2017 committed ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Rohingya, the Muslim minority population of Burma.”

The Times of Israel also reports that Israel allowed its arms firms to sell weapons to Myanmar’s military through the fall of 2017.” The Israeli ambassador to Myanmar declined to comment.

It is amazing that despite all these issues, this tiny Jewish community survives.

  1. Myanmar is also known as Burma.↩︎

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