The day after the Nov. 29, 1947, UN resolution on the partition of Palestine, there was an immediate flare up of anti-Jewish action in Arab states, with the killing, persecution, humiliation, oppression and expulsion of Jews and the sequestration of Jewish property. (Jerusalem Post)
Israel Remembers Plight of Jews Who Fled Arab World – Steve Weizman
Israel on Sunday marked the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab countries after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war with a state ceremony under a new law naming Nov. 30 as the anniversary of their plight. Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC), an international umbrella group of Jewish community organizations, says 856,000 Jews from 10 Arab countries fled or were expelled in 1948 and after, while violent Arab riots left many Jews dead or injured. “Nearly 800,000 came here” to Israel, said Meir Kahlon, chairman of the Central Organization for Jews from Arab Countries and Iran. (AFP)
What about the Jewish Nakba? – Ben-Dror Yemini (Ynet News)
“If the Jewish state becomes a fact, and this is realized by the Arab peoples, they will drive the Jews who live in their midst into the sea.” This statement was made by Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, about a month and a half after Israel’s declaration of the independence.
The Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, explained in his memoirs: “Our fundamental condition for cooperating with [Nazi] Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world.”
And the Arab League at the time also adopted two decisions, which materialized into a bill designed to seize the bank accounts of Jews and strip them of their possessions, which was subsequently put into practice among well-established and wealthy Jewish communities in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iraq. Entire communities were destroyed.
According to economist Sidney Zabludoff, assets abandoned by Arab refugees amount to $3.9 billion, as opposed to $6 billion in assets abandoned by Jewish refugees (in 2007 terms).
There were huge waves of population transfers, beginning in 1912 and through to the years following World War II. Around 52 million people underwent the experience, including tens of millions in the period after the war. These population exchanges also saw hundreds of thousands of Jews expelled and dispossessed.
We need to know that overplaying the Palestinian Nakba has actually become a factor that is holding back the chance for an agreement and understanding, and that recognizing the broad picture will make it clear to all that there’s no turning back the clock.
See also It’s Time to Remember the Jewish Refugees – Irwin Cotler
Had the Arabs accepted the UN Partition Resolution, there would have been no 1948 Arab-Israeli war and no refugees. Regrettably, the pain and plight of 850,000 Jews uprooted and displaced from Arab countries has been expunged from both the Middle East peace and justice agenda for 67 years. It is a truth that must now be affirmed and acknowledged in the interests of peace, justice and history. The writer is a former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada.(Times of Israel)
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