Jewish uprooting: the counter to Palestinian propaganda

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If more people knew about the banishment of Jews from Arab countries, it would serve as a counter-weight to Palestinian propaganda. It would also make those Jews themselves more conciliatory, argues Ada Aharoni in the Jerusalem Post (with thanks: Lily) :

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One of the major recognized causes of the current wave of
antisemitism in Europe and other places is Palestinian propaganda. This
sweeping brainwashing effort has succeeded in producing an anti-Jewish
climate in many parts of the world. One of the ways to combat this
basic source of lies is to reveal the truth about the banishment of the
Jews from Arab countries. The world has mainly heard about the
injustice experienced by Palestinian refugees, and almost nothing about
the plight of the Jews from Arab countries, mainly Iraq, Egypt, Syria,
Lebanon and Yemen. Let us compare the uprooting of the Palestinians
with the uprooting of the Jews.

Whereas the Palestinians
refugees numbered 650,000 in 1948, the Jewish refugees from Arab
countries numbered 850,000 (UNRWA statistics). The Jewish property,
both private and communal, sequestered by Arab governments when the
Jews were forced to leave was much vaster than that left behind by the
Palestinians in Israel (documented by the International Court at The
Hague).

There was practically an ethnic cleansing of Jews in Arab
countries. Very few Jews are left in these countries today. Egyptian
Jewry, for instance, numbered 100,000 in 1948, but there are only 28
Jews in the whole of Egypt today, and only 22 Jews remain in the whole
of Iraq of the 1948 population of 160,000. In Syria and Lebanon there
are no Jews left.

On the other hand, there was no ethnic
cleansing of Palestinians in Israel; there are a million
Arab/Palestinian citizens living in Israel today, constituting 20% of
Israel’s citizens.

It is important to spread these crucial
historical facts as widely as possible, as they contradict the evil and
distorted image presented by anti-Israel propaganda. In addition to
the possible turning of public opinion in Europe and other places,
telling the story of the banishment and uprooting of the Jews from Arab
countries has additional potential advantages.

The realization
that they are not the only ones who have suffered, and that the Jews
from Arab countries have suffered just as much as the Palestinians when
they were thrown out of the lands of their birth with only their
shirts on their backs and were made so miserably destitute at the hands
of Arabs, may cause Palestinians to become more conciliatory and less
intransigent regarding peace with Israel.

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5 Comments

  • "Arabs were driving Jews out of their homes in the country as early as 1920." The country you are referring to presumably is Palestine. There are 6 million displaced Palestinians with approx half living in refugee camps outside of Palestine now called Israel. There are 1.2 million living as second ckaclass ss citizens in their own homes the ones that have not been demolished as yet in Israel and there are 4 million Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in refugee camps and on their own land what is left of it. And your point is?

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  • yes, not only Hebron but the city of Gaza in 1929.

    Then there were thousands of Jews driven out of homes in what became Jordanian-occupied "east Jerusalem," in `Atarot, Neveh Ya`qov, Qalyah, Kfar Darom [in the Gaza Strip], etc.

    Arabs were driving Jews out of their homes in the country as early as 1920, although what happened in that year was relatively minor in terms of numbers but still symbolic and presaging the future.

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  • Agreed. the difference is that these Jews may be in a position to claim restitution.

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  • Or if people knew about the banishment of jews from many places in palestine (as well as from the "arab" countries), that would also serve as a counter-weight to palestinian propaganda.

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