This Haaretz article may be a few months old - but still extremely relevant. A whole generation of Jews from Morocco hid from their children the real reasons why they came to Israel, Adi Schwartz has found. Thanks to Orna for her translation from Hebrew. (With thanks: Yoel )
In recent years I have dealt with the circumstances in which the Jews came from Arab countries left. In my talks I am asked: why do Jews from Arab countries do not tell of the experiences that befell them?
I told him Mordechai’s story.
I knew that my grandfather was a wealthy man before I started this work but I never knew that he left as a result of pogroms in Morocco. I naively thought that he came to Israel out of Zionist motivation only. His brothers always told us about his luxury apartment in Marrakesh, compared to the great poverty in which he lived since coming to Israel. I did not know that my aunt Rachel was blinded because she did not receive medical treatment. He never complained as he very Zionist and patriotic; he never accepted charity and claimed the best thing he had ever done was going to live in Israel. Only when I started researching the topic, I found out that although they had a beautiful apartment with servants, the servants turned from friends to foes overnight. I learnt that Molotov cocktails were thrown at the apartment and that his eldest children were picked on and harassed.