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The absurd notion of Jewish 'refugees' from Arab lands
Attempts to draw a comparison between the voluntary emigration of Jews from the Arab world after 1948 and the forced expulsion of Palestinians in the Nakba is ludicrous and doomed to failure
Khalid Amayreh , Sunday 4 Nov 2012
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The right-wing Israeli government of Benyamin Netanyahu is trying to revive demands for international recognition of a "Jewish refugee problem."

A few weeks ago, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon held a meeting at the UN to discuss the so-called "plight of Jewish refugees from the Arab world."

The meeting, publicised by the pro Israel media in Europe and North America, was widely seen as a propagandistic effort aimed at offsetting the Palestinian Nakba or 'catastrophe,' the deliberate and premeditated extirpation and subsequent expulsion of the bulk of the Palestinian people from their ancestral homeland at the hands of western-backed Jewish invaders from Eastern Europe.

Indeed, referring to Arab Jews – who were urged, terrorised and even bombed by Zionist agents in order to make them leave their original homelands in order to fulfil the aims of Zionism – is nothing less than the distortion of truth, history and even language.

It also reflects a mendacious which seeks to create "virtual truths" based on lies.

But we should not be surprised at or baffled by the odious audacity of psychopaths and pathological liars like Ayalon, his boss Avigdor Lieberman or, indeed, their Prime Minister Netanyahu. Needless to say, these people, like most other Israeli leaders, adopt mendacity – even in its most brazen form – as their modus operandi.

I know many conscientious Jews who would dismiss Ayalon's gambit as a brash lie from A to Z. His efforts in this regard go beyond the pale of human decency and simple rectitude.

Earlier this month, Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post published an article entitled "Jews from Arab land sceptical over refugee status."

The article quoted a group calling itself the 'Committee of Baghdadi Jews,' who live in Ramat Gan, east of Tel Aviv, as saying that "it is wrong to expect Jewish lessons in Iraq to be used to offset the losses the Palestinian suffered in 1948 and 1967."

The group's leader said he preferred to remain anonymous for the time being for fear of reprisals from the authorities and right-wing circles.

"We are refugees from Iraq, but we know that the government just wants to use this against the Palestinian refugees without trying to give us and the Palestinian refugees compensation for our property," the group spokesman said.

Palestinians and other Arabs don't deny that Jews in the Arab world have suffered, mostly psychologically, as a result of the rise of Zionism and establishment of Israel at the expense of Palestinian Arabs who were banished and dispersed around the globe.

In the final analysis, the transfer of Arab Jews into Israel was considered one of Israel's paramount goals, which serves to expose the utter mendacity and preposterousness of the Israeli feat at the United Nations.

Yehuda Shenav, a professor of history at Tel Aviv University, asserted this fact in an article published in Israeli daily Haaretz in 2006.

In that article, entitled 'Arab Jews, Palestinian refugees and Israel's folly politics,' Shenav argued that any analogy between Palestinian refugees and Jewish immigrants from Arab lands is folly in historical terms.

"Any reasonable person, Zionist or non-Zionist, must acknowledge that the analogy drawn between Palestinians and Arab Jews is unfounded.

"Palestinian refugees didn't want to leave Palestine. Many Palestinian communities were destroyed in 1948, and some 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled from the borders of historic Palestine. Those who left didn't do so of their own volition.

"In contrast, Arab Jews arrived to Israel under the initiative of the state of Israel and Jewish organisations. Some arrived of their free will; others arrived against their will. Some lived comfortably and securely in Arab lands; others suffered from fear and oppression."

Shenav noted that past Israeli governments refrained from raising the subject of 'Jewish refugees' from the Arab world for three main reasons:

First, there was a concern that raising the subject would underscore what Israel had tried to repress and forget, namely the Palestinians' right of return. Second, Israel was anxious that raising the subject would encourage property claims submitted by Jews against Arab states and, in response, encourage Palestinians to make counter-claims on lost property.

Third, raising the issue would require Israel to alter its school textbooks and devise a new narrative by which Arab Jews journeyed to Palestine under duress, without being motivated by Zionist aspirations.

To conclude, the analogy between the Palestinian Nakba, which can only be analogous to genocide, and the  mostly voluntary emigration of Arab Jews from their original native Arab countries to the newly-created Zionist state of Israel is – at best – corrupt. It is 'beyond chutzpah,' so to speak, especially from a moral standpoint.





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Charles Stubbs, London
07-11-2012 09:05pm
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Jews ejected themselves
MUSA: you are spewing mendacious Jewish propaganda that has no iota of truth. Jews in the Arab worlf were not expelled, they rather ejected themselves because they wanted to have a Zionist state in Palestine.
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Azmi Ibrahim, Amman, Jordan
07-11-2012 08:59pm
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Arab civilization didn't know ethnic cleansing
Jews endangered themselves by supporting the Zio-Nazi occupation of Palestine. Doesn't Israel expel disloyal citizens and withdraw its citizenship from them?
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Tom Pane, Carbondale, Illinois
07-11-2012 08:54pm
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Jews wanted to leave Arab countries to expedite Zionism
to Musa: you are lying through yoyr teeth. As to the expulsion of Jews from arabia during the time of the Prophet it was not withour a reason. The Jews committed grand treason against the Muslims. They tried to murder and poison the Prophet several times. They also joied the Pagans in their war of extermination against the Muslims at Maarakatul Khandaq. They commited every conceivable act of treachery for the purpose of eradicating the nascient Islamic faith. They got what they deserved. As to Jews in the Arab worled, they were urged and even pressured into leaving their original countries. In many cases, they were bombed by Zionist agents. Their shops, business and even synagogues were bombed by Israel's agents. So, pls, don't lie in order to justify the Nazi-like occupation by Jewish terrorist gangs of Palestine. The Jews don't belong to Palestine. Palestine belongs to the Palestinians. The Jews belong to the Khazar region, to Georgia, and Poland and Russia.
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musa
07-11-2012 02:09pm
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the jewish refugees is a known fact. even in the quran it is written.
the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the ME is not a lie or urban legend. it is a known fact since the days of haibar and the other Jewish clans, from all over the middle east. between 1929 and 1970, millions of Jews were expelled from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Libya and Algiers. turkey and Morocco were exception, although turkey turned a blind eye to this act under the ottoman empire. read a little about the farhood and all the mis-treatment of the jews under arab rule.
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Oscar
08-11-2012 12:10am
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To Musa
Musa, you are bonafide lier. Jews were never expelled from Muslim lands. They were protected there. As a matter of fact Jews were given shelter by Turks after WW1. At the same time Jews caused the WW2 with their mischievious conspiracies against the crusaders (Christians) of Eurpoe.
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Danelly Williams, Dublin
06-11-2012 11:51pm
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Jews can lie about the holocaustm as well
To WOMAN: the holocaust was committed by German Christians, not by Arab Muslims. Hence, the Europeans, not the poor Palestinians, should pay the price for the holocaust. Jews should therefore seek a homerland in Europe, not in Palestine, Besides, Jews have lied about a lot of things. Why can they not lie abot the holocaust as well?
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Layla Murad, Cairo
06-11-2012 11:43pm
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Zionist Jews are guilty of etnic cleansing
So Zionist Jews are finally accusing Muslims of hate. Well this is really a kind of fornication with truth. Jews invented hate and terror in the Middle East. Their numerous massacres of inncent Arabs will never be forgotten. Eventually, Jewish invaders will have to return home to Russia, Poland, and Eastern Europe. Arab Jews can also return to their original countries.
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Kamel Ahmed, Germany
06-11-2012 11:36pm
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Read the Old Testament and the Talmud
Barak: If you wanna know the truth about the origin of hate and terror and evil, all you have to do is to read the Talmud and old Testament.
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Jane London
06-11-2012 11:32pm
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Zio-nazism
Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader od Shas, and former Chief rabbi of Israel, said during a Sabbath homily, that non-Jews are very much like donkeys, and that the sole reason why God created Gentiles was so that these Gentile beasts of burden would serve Jews, the master race. Yet some Jews accuse non-Jews of hating Jews. Can you think of a greater hypocrisy. So what is the difference between this Talmudic racism and the Nazi hatred disseminated by Hitler.
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Barak
06-11-2012 09:06pm
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Hate your neighbor so you don't see your internal problems
Only in a third world newspaper I found such a stupid article written with the sole scope to spread hate. What a miserable service to a great country like Egypt.
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Ghazi Ahmed, London
06-11-2012 11:21pm
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Zionist Jews represent the essence of hate and terror.
You stole ou country, destroyed our homes, bulldozed our fields, and expelled the bulk of our people all over the world, and now you have the guts to accuse us of "hate." You people are committing adultery with truth and history. You are the source of hate and terror, Just read the Talmud and see for yourselves.
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Barak
06-11-2012 09:06pm
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Hate your neighbor so you don't see your internal problems
Only in a third world newspaper I found such a stupid article written with the sole scope to spread hate. What a miserable service to a great country like Egypt.
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Nora
07-11-2012 05:30am
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All other news media have been sold.
It is no secret that the Zionist have bought all other news media. Please leave this post for us., just go away!!!!!!

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