Diario Judío México - Aleppo, Beirut, Mexico, USA: rabbi Ellie Abadi, Co-President of Justice for Jews from Arab countries, shares the story of his family, one of the hundreds of thousands similar Jewish refugee stories. Jewish presence in what are now Arab lands long predates Islam and the Arab conquest of the Middle East and goes back to Biblical times. In 1945, there were approximately 866,000 Jews living in communities throughout the Arab world. Today, there are fewer than 7,000. In many Arab states, once thriving Jewish communities have all but disappeared.