Jewish Refugees from Arab countries - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Gil Stamberger
    • 22.09.12 | 14:37 (IDT)

    Facts are: about 800'000 Jews lived in Arab countries in 1948, almost none live there today. Many of them were forced to leave, often leaving their houses, properties, etc. others left freely (mainly the Moroccan Jewish communities). The State of Israel strongly encouraged the Jewish exodus from Arab countries, sometimes even in agreement with an Arab state (Iraq for example) and then discriminated heavily against the Oriental Jewish communities in Israel. For many years the Jews which left the Arab countries were no political issue. The State of Israel kept very quiet about these Jewish refugees simply because their coming to Israel was part of the fulfillment of the Zionist dream. The fact that this issue has popped up in the last few years is simply because today it fits into the agenda of preventing the "two state solution" or any serious agreement with the Palestinians. There is no Jewish refugee problem today, all "oriental" Jews have settled well, in Israel, France, Canada, Italy, South America or elsewhere on this planet. There is however a triple Palestinian problem. Firstly there are still many refugees living in camps in the Occupied Territories, in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. Secondly there are more than 3 million Palestinians living in a state of political limbo in the region of the Palestinian Authority and Gaza. These Palestinians are subjected to daily harassment by the State of Israel and by the Jewish settlers within their territory. Thirdly there are more than 1.5 million Palestinians living as Israeli citizens within the internationally recognized borders of the State of Israel which do not have the same rights (and duties) of the Jewish citizends. Bringing up the "Jewish Refugee Problem" is simply propaganda.

    from the article: Israel's Deputy FM Ayalon: There will be no peace without a just resolution of Jewish refugee problem
    First published 00:12 22.09.12 | Last updated 00:12 22.09.12
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