Iraq's Jewish community dwindles to fewer than five

The death of Dhafer Eliyahu hit Iraq hard, not only because the doctor treated the neediest for free, but because with his passing, only four Jews now remain in the country. At the Habibiya Jewish cemetery in the capital Baghdad, wedged between the Martyr Monument erected by ex-dictator Saddam Hussein and the restive Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, an aged Muslim man still tends to the graves, but visitors are rare. The day of Eliyahu’s burial, “it was me who prayed over his grave”, the doctor’s sister told AFP. “There were friends” of other faiths who prayed too, each in their own way, she ad…

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