WashPost graphic leaves out 856,000 Jewish refugees

The Washington Post has twice refused to correct a graphic it published in December 2015 on refugee movements in recent history. The graphic leaves out the mass exodus of more than 800,000 Jews from Arab countries, one of the largest of refugee movements from the Arab world prior to the Iraqi insurgency and Syrian civil war. The media watchdog CAMERA charges that, by its omission, The Washington Post is helping to  ‘push a narrative that erases the history, and possible future, of a more pluralistic Middle East’. 

The Jewish refugees, remembered by Irish4Israel, but forgotten by the mainstream Washington Post


In an act more reminiscent of magician Harry Houdini than a major U.S. newspaper, The Washington Post
omitted—and refused to correct—nearly one million Jewish refugees from
Arab lands in its infographic “A visual guide to 75 years of major
refugee crises around the world” (Dec. 21, 2015).

The graphic,
claiming to provide a “brief guide to the major refugee events in
recent history,” offers short descriptions of various refugee crises
throughout the last 75 years. The displacement of persons from World War
II to the ongoing Syrian civil war are noted as “major” events.
Inexplicably, the more than 800,000 Jewish refugees who fled Arab lands
in the Middle East and North Africa in the period following Israel’s War
for Independence seemingly does not qualify.

No mention is made of the plight of Jews forced to flee countries or
territories, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon,
Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Aden (now part of Yemen).

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