It’s commonly accepted that Syria’s Jews were ethnically cleansed. They were forced out, threatened and attacked until their existence became impossible in Syria.
A Jewish house near Bab Sharqi in Damascus’s Old City (by Annie).
But Bridgid Keenan reports that in the early 90s, following the Madrid Peace Conference, many Syrian Jews came under immense pressure to leave from US Jewish groups. They were promised $400-600 per month (the average wage in Syria is $150 per month) according to a Syrian Jewish community leader. Green cards and visas were facilitated by the US government.
It shocked the diplomatic community in Syria – including the US embassy!
Today there are less than a thousand Jews left in Syria. Most in the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, Damascus and Aleppo and Qamishli.