In June, the UN Human Rights Council was slammed by the US State Department, among others, for publishing a one-sided report as part of its permanent and lavishly-funded inquiry into the ‘root causes’ of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The report blatantly ignored submissions from pro-Israel NGOs , denying that they were even received. Among the submissions by Human Rights Voices were lists of six hundred thousand Jewish refugees from Arab countries arriving in Israel between 1948 and 1974*. Names of victims of Jew-hatred spread with the help of the wartime Mufti were also submitted. Professor Anne Bayefsky of Human Rights Voices writes for the Jerusalem Centre of Public Affairs:
To date, more than five million unique submissions and individual names of Jewish victims of Arab incitement and violence have been delivered.9
The UN handed the “Inquiry” a search warrant unrestricted to any period of time, a license to seek “all underlying root causes” of the conflict, and a green light to hunt for “systematic discrimination and repression.”10
So we submitted 4,812,829 named victims of Jew hatred advocated and spread with the assistance and participation of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini. This Nazi collaborator and propagandist is the man Palestinians themselves called “Palestine’s national leader,” “our hero,” and “the voice of the Palestinian people.”11 He remains a singular role model to the Palestinian terrorists and political leaders of today.
Actually looking for a root cause? Under al-Husseini’s leadership, the strategy of equating the Jewish presence in the land of Israel with an existential threat to the Muslim faith become an Arab template for attempting to achieve the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the Middle East throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.12
How about systematic discrimination and repression and its victims?
We submitted the names of each of six hundred thousand Jewish refugees and victims of Arab persecution in Middle East and North African nations in the past seventy-five years.13 Jewish refugees from the land of Israel were the longest-standing refugees in human history. Exiled to Arab and Muslim countries from their indigenous homeland, they were subject to systematic discrimination and repression and lived as second-class citizens for thousands of years.
But against all odds, they persevered, retained their religious identity, and more than 800,000 returned to their ancestral homeland after the rebirth of Israel in 1948 – following huge sacrifices, harrowing escapes, systematic robbery, and racist expulsion.
*[first set of submissions: In these original documents from 1948 to 1951 are the specific names of 175,000 Jewish refugees.]
[second set of submissions: In these original documents from 1952 to 1959 are the specific names of 150,000 Jewish refugees, in addition to the 175,000 names sent previously.]
[third set of submissions: In these original documents from 1959 to 1963 are the specific names of 105,000 Jewish refugees, in addition to the 325,000 names sent previously.]
[fourth set of submissions: In these original documents from 1964 to 1969 are the specific names of 56,000 Jewish refugees, in addition to the 430,000 names sent previously.]
[fifth set of submissions: In these original documents from 1950 to 1951 are the specific names of 35,000 Jewish refugees, in addition to the 486,000 names sent previously.]
[sixth set of submissions: In these original documents from 1948 to 1950 are the specific names of 58,500 Jewish refugees, in addition to the 521,000 names sent previously.]
[seventh set of submissions: In these original documents from 1970 to 1975 are the specific names of 18,000 Jewish refugees, in addition to the 579,500 names sent previously.]