Sixty-six years ago, refugee problem born

Jewish refugees in ma’abarot or tent camps in Israel

 Sixty-six years ago, the passing of the UN Partition Plan unleashed two refugee problems.The Arabs need to integrate their refugees, while greater international diplomacy must secure recognition, and therefore justice for Jewish refugees, argues Eli Hazan in Israel Hayom:

Arab refugees became a prop that was cynically used by the anti-Israel
propaganda machine. That is how the myth of the so-called Nakba
(catastrophe) grew with each passing year. Over the years, the Arab
states have deliberately ignored the human tragedy inflicted on the Jews
in Muslim countries. The Jews were slaughtered and expelled and their
property was expropriated. In today’s terms, an equivalent of $300
billion was confiscated. This was coupled by great mental anguish. 

The Jewish Nakba
has been all but forgotten by the ensuing geopolitical realities. The
Palestinian refugee issue keeps coming up in international propaganda
and various peace initiatives. Until recently, the Israeli establishment
chose not to deal with the plight of the Jewish refugees. 

But this has
changed. First, their story is gradually becoming part of the mainstream
and is making inroads into published works. Various people have come
out and provided testimonials on their experience, to the point that the
Senior Citizens Ministry has launched a project dedicated to passing
the story on to the younger generations. And finally, a special caucus
has been formed in the Knesset. 

What is needed
is more vigorous public diplomacy efforts in key places around the
world. Although some campaigns are already underway, they should be
bolstered because international recognition is essential if justice is
to be served. The campaign may result in more people understanding the
events that led to the establishment of the Jewish state. The world
would realize that those who were persecuted after Nov. 29, 1947, found a
safe harbor in Israel and built a new home, albeit with great
difficulties. They are now living a secure life in Israel.

Read article in full

One Comment

  • OT
    A lot of amusing articles on Martin Kramer's page on how the American bird has come to be called Turkey, and the different names it is given in in different countries and languages.

    What is not mentioned in those learned articles, is that in Maghreban dialects judeo-Maghreban included the Turkey is called…Bibi.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This website is dedicated to preserving the memory of the near-extinct Jewish communities, of the Middle East and North Africa, documenting the stories of the Jewish refugees and their current struggle for recognition and restitution.

Point of No Return

Jewish Refugees from Arab and Muslim Countries

One-stop blog on the Middle East's
forgotten Jewish refugees - updated daily.