|Poor Jewish family of Aleppo |
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|Aleppo Jews, another pose, with another|
baby on the lap, and sister (far left)
still scratching her head
The merchants of Aleppo and Damascus who traded along the spice and silk routes lost much of their business when the Suez Canal opened in 1869. Jews emigrated to Palestine, South America and Europe. Later, at the start of 20th century, the threat of forced conscription into the army led many families to leave, some to North America
In 1947, after the UN partition vote, a pogrom devastated the Aleppo Jewish community. After Israel's founding, the Syrian Jewish community was severely persecuted. Virtually the entire Jewish community left Syria in recent decades. A large community of Syrian Jews lives today in Brooklyn, NY.