Update to the update: the Economist has since reverted to type by publishing a second letter contradicting Joe Abdel Wahed’s.
Point of No Return was perhaps too hasty in condemning the Economist for failing to provide an opportunity to refute the distortions in its article ‘Let there be justice for all’ (April 12). In its May 9 issue, it printed this letter from JIMENA co-founder Joseph Abdel Wahed :
A refugee’s tale
SIR – Resolutions that recognise the plight of Jews forced to flee from the Arab world when Israel was founded are not primarily about compensation (“Let there be justice for all”, April 12th). What we want most of all is to tell our side of the story. For 60 years the focus has been on the Palestinians, with nothing much said on the brutal expulsion of nearly 1m Jews from the Arab world and Iran. No trial; no jury; no justice. Human-rights organisations did not call attention to this crime against humanity. The United Nations did not convene the Security Council to censure the Arab countries. British academics did not seek to divest from these countries.
“Who is fighting for my rights?” I asked in 1948 when I was 12 years old and living in Cairo. This was when the Arab League likened its “war of extermination…to the Mongolian massacre and the Crusades” and after the Mufti of Jerusalem exhorted Palestinian Arabs to kill Jews “wherever you find them”. The Middle East conflict created not one, but two refugee populations.
Joseph Abdel Wahed
Although not included its print edition, The Economist posted this letter in its ‘Inbox’ (Scroll down to April 28) from David Dangoor.