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well, yes, but this isn't the reason! there is a large community of iraqi jews in london, several hundred strong, most of whom, like my family, came originally from iraq, but moved to bombay in india for about a hundred years. the iraqi community is the oldest diaspora community, as it dates back to the destruction of the first Temple in 586 BCE and the babylonian exile. those iraqi jews that hadn't moved to india by 1948 when israel was established were chucked out in a series of bloody pogroms (known as the "farhoud") and moved to israel. the indian community decided to move to the UK and israel after indian independence, partition and the riots.You are in the UK practicing an Iraqi form of Judaism?
Surely you are a unique creature in the world!
there were only about 30 jews left in baghdad before saddam was ousted; he kept them on display to prove that he wasn't anti-semitic, just anti-zionist. the iranian regime does much the same thing, albeit the community is a lot larger because iran was tolerant of the jews until the islamic revolution of 1979.
there is also, in london, a large iranian-jewish community, plus afghans, bukharans, spanish-and-portuguese and moroccans in addition to the majority and more well-known polish, german, russian and other european (askhenazic) communities.
which i seem to spend a lot of time explaining!(English translations, sadly, lose all these "finer points.")