Is it right for Jews to stab Arabs?

The Jews dispossessed in Arab countries have faced injustice, but does that justify them going around stabbing Arabs? Thoughtful post by Meir Javedanfar on his blog: 

Meir Javedanfar


The Palestinians have faced injustice. Yes they have. Around 700,000 who used to live in Palestine lost their homes between
1947-48. There is still a debate regarding how many were expelled, how
many left at the behest of orders from the Arab world. This article explains more. But there is little doubt that they faced injustice and some faced expulsion.

So have my brethren from the  Arab world, who once formed a massive community there. A community which has almost disappeared.

In 2008, Nathan Weinstock published a book entitled: “A Very Long
Presence: How the Arab World Lost Its Jews, 1947-1967”. The book has
been described as: “thorough, detailed, interesting and persuasive book, with more than 900 footnotes”. 

Haaretz interviewed him about the book (the article has been reprinted in The Forward).

Here are some facts about the Jewish citizens of the Arab world, from the book, as quoted in his interview:

In 1945, Weinstock notes, almost one million Jews lived
in the Arab world, whereas today there are about 4,500, the great
majority of them in Morocco.

So what happened to them? According to Weinstock:

“In the course of my research,” he continues, “I found
out that the story we had been told – that the Jews left the Arab
countries because they were Zionists – was for the most part wrong.
True, they had an affinity for the Land of Israel – that is certainly
correct – but the organized Zionist movement was very weak in the Arab
countries. The great mass of Jews left under duress. They were
expelled. They were subjected to such enormous pressure that they had no
choice but to leave

950,000 Jews were expelled from Algeria, Morocco, Iraq and other Arab
countries. They have no chance of getting their homes and businesses
back. Ever. Its finished. They also faced massive amount of heartache
and hopelessness, until they found a new home in Israel, and a minority
in Europe. And do you think they have forgotten about their trauma?
would you?

Would that give the right to Jews from the aforementioned countries
to go back and start stabbing and killing innocent bystanders in Algiers
or Baghdad? And what would it achieve? and how morally wrong would it
be? I leave the answer to you.

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