Thoughts on Arab Jews and Palestinian flight - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Angela
    • 07.05.05 | 17:16 (IDT)

    Not sure how many of the comments fit in with the article. Perhaps they are just meant to show why the writer feels that the Arabs don't want peace. My comments: Melanie. I don't know where you got the idea that there are NO JEWS in Arab countries any more. I know that there are Jews still living and working in Syria. One is a very important business man. A recent article in Haaretz mentions Jews and the synogogues of Egypt which are, unfortunately for our world heritage, in disrepair. In 1973, there were Jews in Yemen who intended to stay there. Have they left? The important thing is to know that there has been a lot of pressure by Israel on Arab Jews to leave their countries and build Israel. I refer again to the orderly process of leaving Baghdad in the mid-1950s which didn't have many takers until a mysterious deadly fire in a synagogue. The situation of Jews in various countries has not been helped by clandestine work by Israelis with local Jewish aid. It surely wasn't well received when a fire in Alexandria in the 1950s was traced to locals with Israeli help. Purpose: to drive a wedge between the US and Egypt. How about the latest in spying in Australia or was it N. Zealand? (My apologies to both countries that I have confused you) How do you think Americans like the continual efforts of Israel to get a pardon for Pollard who is in a US jail for spying for Israel? When a community has such small numbers that it is difficult to have a spiritual leader and marriage partners, the solution is often immigration. This is not a terror motive. About compensation for Jews who left their homes in Arab countries. One north African wrote to the Middle East International last year saying that he freely chose to move to Israel and to now paint the picture any other way would be dishonest. How many left the same way, peacefully? For those continually bringing up the Palestinians leaving their villages to make way for the victorious Arab armies... Simha Flapin (sp?) wanted to look at the myths of Israel before he died. He was very clear that Israel wanted to frighten the local inhabitants into leaving. Now, in all honesty, who would not have fled their homes when word of Deir Yassin and other massacres became known? And who wouldn't have left their homes had they been told that someone was going to make sure that they would be able to keep their homes slated to be given away? But what is the point of this argument anyway? The Palestinians ran away so they don't deserve their homes?

    from the article: Does Israel want peace?
    First published 00:00 06.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 06.05.05
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