- Local Travel Restrictions

As Jews continue to try to leave Syria, the government, afraid that its Jews would escape and join the Israeli army, intensify surveillance. Everyone, young and old, is suspected of being a spy for Israel. By the mid-1960s, 150 security agents were stationed in the Jewish quarter in Damascus, one for every 20 Jews. In 1964, Jews are also prohibited from traveling more than 3 miles from their homes, trapping them in harsh conditions.

“I never left [Aleppo] because I’m a Jew. I never saw Damascus.” — Rabbi Isaac Farhi, Episode 7
“We can’t move from town to town, to village to village. We have to take visa to go to Damascus. We can’t buy. We can’t import, we can’t export. We don’t have driver license. If you can’t move, how you do business?” – Jack Chakalo, Episode 7

 (Image of Rabi Isaac Farhi [right] with family.)

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