Palestinian are being ethnically cleansed out of Falujain March of 1949As it will be demonstrated below, this lie was concocted to deflect the discussion from the core issues which is the dispossession and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people; and Zionist leaders "welcomed" Arab Jews only when they found that European Jews preferred somewhere else! It should be noted that the "Jewish state" and Zionism were created in response to the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and not in the Middle East. Ironically, Jewish historians still associate Jewish Golden Age not in Europe; not in the United States of American; but in Arab ruled Spain (Andalusia) and Muslim Turkey.
- It's a known fact that most, if not all, of the Arab Jews were under the direct and indirect control of the British and French occupations, who were (and still are) very sympathetic & enablers to Zionists. So even if it was "true" that Arab Jews were "terrorised & expelled" from their countries (after Nakba; not before), this could've been easily stopped by the friendly colonial powers. Why you think they didn't even try to stop such massive alleged crimes!!
- Very little evidence exists that Arab populations or Arab authorities, in the various Arab nations, were involved in 'expelling' their Arab Jewish citizens. The Arab Jewish minority may had been a victim of sporadic revenge attacks (in response to Zionist atrocities perpetrated against Palestinians during the 1948 war), however, there is no proof whatsoever that this violence was organized by any group (state or non-state) whatsoever.
- Arab Jewish immigration occurred in stages as the "Jewish state" was able to absorb them; and most importantly Arab Jews were "welcomed" only when European Jewish refugees in mass found somewhere else a lot more suitable; especially to the US, Argentina, Canada, or even to Mexico. In other words, perecuted European Jewish refugees voted with their feet before and after Nakba; does that explain why most (if not all) who weaponize this lie are European Zionists Jews? First priority was given to the Western/Ashkenazi Jews, whom according to Moshe Sharitt (the so called liberal who became the 1st Israeli Foreign Minister & 2nd PM) are considered the "....salt of the earth..."(1949, The First Israelis, p. 173), and when many preferred to go to America, they turned to Arab Jews to populate Palestine in the early 1950s and 1960s, and when that was not enough the Jewish Agency turned to the Falashas (Ethiopian Black Jews) and Russian Jews. Therefore, it should not be a surprise that early on Ben-Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister) made sure that the priorities of the newly founded "Jewish state" should be 'Alyah (or immigration in Hebrew) rather than peace with its Arab neighbors (Righteous Victims, p. 263).
- Ironically, the policy that encouraged Arab Jews to immigrate to Israel is still being weaponized towards French, Argentinean, Russian, Central Asian, and American Jews. In a nutshell, this policy is governed by absorption capacity for the "Jewish state", which has always preferred Western Jews over Jews from Arab and Muslim countries. In Israeli; this is no secret!
- The Jewish Agency facilitated the transportation of the Arab Jews to Israel by bribing many of the local Arab and Muslim (as in the case of Iran) officials. For example, many of the Iraqi Jews were transported to the "Jewish state" via Iraqi Airways after bribing Nuri al-Said (the Iraqi PM at the time) and his wife (al-Nakba wa al-Firdous al-Mafqoud by 'Aref al-'Aref). Similarly, the Yemeni Jews were transported to Israel via friendly airlines. Ironically, the Falashas (Ethiopian Jews) were forgotten next door as their Yemeni brothers were being flown from Aden; they were picked up thirty years later (via Sudan's airports) after bribing President Numari of Sudan!
A RARE picture for al-Maliha taken soon after Nakba (1-6-1949) and in the forground Zionist Jews are looting Palestinian properties.When Arab Jews were hesitant to leave, Zionist gangs resorted to intimidating them by throwing bombs into their synagogues, as it was the case with the Iraqi Jews (see Related Articles section for details).
- As it has been the the case with Moroccan and Tunisian Jews, Arab Jews who left their counties can return back and reclaim their citizenships and properties; that is their basic human right. That is why they themselves and the UN don't designate Arab Jews as refugees; more on that later on.
- It is a fact that the Iraqi Government issued a plea on December 11, 1975 to its Jewish citizens living abroad to come back to Iraq. Click here to view text of the advertisement that was published in the New York Times.
- When many Arab authorities blocked the immigration of their Jewish citizens to Israel, the Jewish Agency and many Western embassies protested, as in the case of Syria.
- When so-called 'population exchanges" happen, it occurs as an agreement between two or more sovereign nations, such as in the Greek/Turkish 'exchange' agreement of 1923. On the other hand there was not and is no alleged "population exchange" agreement in the case of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In a nutshell, to ethnically cleanse (compulsory population transfer) the people of a whole nation and to replace them with settlers from another group of people cannot be called a 'population exchange', but rather a war crime.
Zionist Jewish girls (who just arrived from Bulgaria) are enjoying a strole in the looted village of al-Bassa soon after NakbaIt should be noted that in the case of the Palestinian people there is a UNGA resolution 194 that calls for their return plus compensation (which has been reaffirmed by the world body over 150 times since Sept. 17th, 1948). On the other hand, there is no such resolution for Arab Jews since it is not needed to begin with because there is no Arab country that blocks the return of its Jewish citizens. Furthermore, the Palestinian people always demanded their return at all levels (individually and collectively) since 1948; and Arab Jews never call for their right of return but mostly they demand compensation. In other words, the Palestinian people demand to return even under Israeli rule, but until this date there is no organized body in the Arab Jewish community in Israel calling for their own return to their respective Arab countries.
- Beside the previous point, often Arab Jews react negatively when called refugees. For example, Knesset speaker Yisrael Yeshayahu declared: "We are not refugees. [Some of us] came to this country before the state was born. We had messianic aspirations." Similarly Shlomo Hillel, a government minister and an active Zionist in Iraq, adamantly opposed the analogy: "I don't regard the departure of Jews from Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists." In a Knesset hearing, Ran Cohen stated emphatically: "I have this to say: I am not a refugee." He added: "I came at the behest of Zionism, due to the pull that this land exerts, and due to the idea of redemption. Nobody is going to define me as a refugee." Click here to see the full report from the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.
Shukri al-Jamal's Palace in Talibiya neighborhood in Jerusalem two days after its completion and just before Zionist Jews looted it from him and his familyThe "Jewish state" was founded by Zionists in response to European anti-Semitism, not Arab anti-Semitism. It should be emphasized that if it was not for European anti-Semitism, Jews and Palestinians would have stayed in their original home towns or countries as it had been the case for thousands of years. In other words, the "Jewish state" was founded to "save" European Jews; not the Arab Jews.
- According to Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN on 10 December 1948 any person has the right to leave his/her home town and has the full right to come back to it. Such a right does not diminish over time. This is one of the basics of human rights. So any Arab Jews still have this basic inherent right.
- For decades, the Arab Jewish population in Israel were heavily discriminated against by the a Ashkenazi Jews, who kept them in refugee camps (Ma'baruts) living in tents for a very long time. For many, it was much easier to hire Israeli Palestinians than the Arab Jews living in Israel. It should be noted that the case of 300+ kidnapped Yemeni kids (who were later adopted by Ashkenazi families) have not been closed to this date.
- Finally, it should be emphasized that the indigenous Palestinian Jewish community mostly stayed put before and after Nakba. Actually, they are still in their homes in Nablus! Ironically; they were not placed under stricts military rule (with strict curfews) as it was the case for Palestinian citizen of Israel for almost two decades post Nakba; or like the interment of Japanese, German & Italian Americans & Canadians during WWII. Similarly; the exact thing happened to Arab Jews who stayed put post Nakba; although we admit the travel was restricted in few cases (i.e. in Iraq & Syria). On the other hand; North African Arab Jews still go back and forth to Israel (i.e. Moroccan & Tunisian Jews); actually many return for good. Therefore; comparing both communities’ experiences isn’t fair at all. That’s said; that doesn’t imply that post Nakba, Arab Jews were treated without suspicious; of course not. On the other hand comparing them to how Palestinians were treated is a complete farce.
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