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House members seek recognition for Jewish refugees from Arab countries
Published: 31.07.12, 19:56
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1. It's about time...finally, let the world know the palis are
Netanya ,   Netanya   (07.31.12)
not the only refugees in the world who were displaced.
2. Mozel Tov Someone Grew A Pair After All These
Years, how about Safardic Jews From spain?
3. Brilliant!
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (07.31.12)
A lot of interest and penalties will accrue upon the funds rightfully owed to the Jews in question, and their heirs. No worries, though. The United Nations can stop paying stipends to ersatz "Palestinians" who have been dead for fifty years! I would like to see this bill pushed through quickly. It will easily pass both Houses, and will land on the president's desk comfortably ahead of Election Day. And you had better believe that the Jewish community in the United States will be watching closely.
4. Quid pro Quo
Adam Neira ,   Paris, France   (07.31.12)
The Jewish refugees from Arab lands have a good point. Their case must definitely be taken into account. If a divine mediator had to weigh up all the various issues the results would be quite interesting. I am quite sure that there is a way for all the various groups to be accommodated in the region. At the time of these population transfers virtually no-one believed that the universe was stable, ordered, benevolent and expansive. The fight or flight response thrives when a satanic mindset takes hold.
5. Single-standard right of return
observer ,   Egypt   (07.31.12)
Arab states accept Jews back, Israel accepts Palestinian back.
6. Must demand exactly equal UN funds for Jewish, Arab refugees
Dr. L. Brnd ,   San Diego, USA   (07.31.12)
The next step must be to demand that the UN fund Jewish and Arab refugees from the conflict exactly equally, that is 50% of money now spent by the UN on UNRWA camps must be sent to Israel to finance the well-being of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. If the UN fails to do this, Congress should specify that the money should be deducted from the US annual dues contribution to the UN. Congressional approval of US aid to the PA and to Arab countries that expelled their Jewish populations [such as Iraq and Egypt] should be also contingent on the President following to the letter Congress' directive that he deal with Jewish refugees and Arab refugees simultaneously and explicitly every time this subject is dealt with. Likewise, the President should be directed to veto any UN resolution and refuse finding for any UN activity that does not treat Jewish and Arab refugees exactly equally. In the US system, the President manages foreign policy "with the advice and consent of the Congress", and one way they do this is by controlling the funding of anything the White House wants to do. The President gets no tax dollars of his own to operate with.
7. Careful: Doubl;e Edged Sword
emanon ,   USA   (07.31.12)
yes, the Jews displaced from arab lands, and other people displaced by war, need to brought into the public eye. Be careful, though, of the wording. The wrong wording could actually make false arab claims about Israel seem legitimate. Rather than wording suggesting Israel is responsible, blame needs to be placed firmly back on the arabs themselves for displacing their own people and then refusing to assimilate then into their own historic lands. Such practices have kept them as pawns for the rest of the arab world.
8. Arab Jews (Mizrahim) have been invited back
observer ,   Egypt   (07.31.12)
9. to#5 Egypt
Marcelo ,   Berlin /TLV   (07.31.12)
sure, why not? jews do to palestineans what arabs do to jews...
10. Palestinians want to return rather than taking UN allowance
observer ,   Egypt   (07.31.12)
it is double standard if Arab Jews are treated differently.
11. IT WAS MORE THAN A MILLION! 850k went to Israel
tf ,   herzliya il   (07.31.12)
850000 is the number usually given to how many went to Israel. The number is closer to 1.2 million actually. Many Jews went to former colonial countries such as France or the UK while many others went to Latin America because of already established family links. The biggest reason the number is so uncertain is that none of the states other than Israel recorded the refugees as Jewish. They were always registered as Moroccans, Syrians, Algerians, Iraqis etc.
12. @8 No they haven't and they would not be safe if they did
tf ,   herzliya il   (07.31.12)
Even if their was a serious invitation few if any would return. After 1300 years of persecution and oppression nobody wants to go back to that. Moshe Maimonides wrote in 1172: "G-d has hurled us in the midst of this people, the Arabs, who have persecuted us severely, and passed baneful and discriminatory legislation against us [...] Never did a nation molest, degrade, debase and hate us as much as they. "
13. don't ignore the role of Zionists
observer ,   Egypt   (07.31.12)
Arab Jews were seduced or forced by Zionists to leave their homes, while the Palestinians were expelled by the same Zionists.
14. #4 ?
yosef ,   williamsburg US   (07.31.12)
Once again your post makes no sense...write your thesis somewhere else pleaze.
15. #8 Arab leaders call them apes and pigs
Z   (07.31.12)
Go back and be threatened and murdered, like in Yemen? 50% of Israeli Jews are Mizrachim or children of Mizrachim. You don't want them back. You couldn't absorb them if they came back. You wouldn't try if you could. You threatened them, beat them, robbed them, killed their friends and relatives and drove them out, then stole whatever was left. Israel took them in as refugees living in tent cities, granted them citizenship and fully integrated them. They are Israelis. They have no other home on earth. They never will. If you want to absorb a few million people, then take a few million Palestinian so-called "refugees." Make them full citizens. Fully integrate them. Stop locking them up in refugee camps. Let them take any job. State that this is a final settlement, and that those who accept it are exclusively citizens of your country and give up citizenship or rights anywhere else. The wars will end. The nonsense will end. But you won't do that, will you?
16. #8
Jane   (07.31.12)
Do you seriously think any Jew would go to any of your countries? If your countries were bad for us before, they're worse now. And Christians should remember what was done to the Jews and try to get out while they can.
17. The only difference is, the Jews aren't refugees anymore
True they got kicked out of their homes and their valuables got pillaged (Arab countries probably don't have enough resources for compensation), but they were integrated into the Israeli society, and they didn't bequeath their refugee status to their kids and grandchildren. Only a handful of 'unique' people can do this nowadays.
18. #8..Some Jews visiting Lybia, Yemen were treated very badly
Abraham ben Jacob ,   Canada   (07.31.12)
It is not safe in most Arab/Muslim countries for Jews. In Libya a visiting Jew was recently arrested and jailed for a number of days before he was set free.
19. Translation: Reparations for European Jews, not Palestinians
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (07.31.12)
20. Once again US gov.bows to AIPAC
21. #13, observer
Anna ,   Montreal, Canada   (08.01.12)
Arab Jews were seduced or forced by Zionists to leave their homes without option to sell their houses, without option to take with them their belongings? I understand why you are trying to brainwash the readers with this completely false misleading nonsense. You write it not for the Jewish readers but for the young Muslims who closely follow Israeli news. It's a blind lie, the same kind as the Jews are welcome to come back to live in their former Arab Muslim homelands. You fool no one.
22. 8 observer
alsky ,   toronto   (08.01.12)
although some Islamic countries have and will welcome the Jewish community back, the truth of the matter is Jews and others will always be dhimmi . Its not good enough
23. #13 pure propaganda
Gee ,   Zikron Yaakov   (08.01.12)
The truth is that over 80% of the Arabs that left were not in the Mandate more than 16 months, whereas 100% of the Jews that were expelled were native born. Making the Jews true refugees and almost none of the Arabs were. Second a vast majority of the Arabs left without even seeing a single Jew. All of the Jews were forced from Arab countries. Just mere facts - we all know that you cowardly Islamofascists ignore those minor points.
24. #8
invited back???????????? didn't you just read that in tunisia, a jewish survivor of their pogrom on jews came back and wanted to revitalize the destroyed synagogue last month? the muslims there just released him from prison after a month and he was finally let go. upon arrival in france, he said that for jews in arab land, it is finished. understand now, you ignorant fool. hameed aboughaze, iranian
25. #10
the palestinian arabs were treated differently by their own brothers, the arab nations, that put them in refugee camps in syria, lebanon, egypt, jordan and other lands. israel did not put these jewish refugees from arab lands in refugee concentration camps like the arab rulers did with. israel didn't kill them or did not give them citizenship and the right to work, get medical care, vote and be a full member of society. the arab rulers did all this to the palestinian arab refugees...and often, abused them, killed them and used them as fodder against israel while keeping them radicalized, poor, uneducated and angry and desperate. israel, on the other hand accepted all its jewish refugees from both arab lands and from all over the world and gave them a second chance and look at what all these jews have achieved so far. the 17th best world economy and oecd membership. none of the arab lands have it....and in just 63 years. whatever can jews find in arab lands upon coming back if not misery, poverty, illiteracy and violence? hameed aboughaze, iranian
26. #13
abbsolute LIE AND REVISIONIST HISTORY ON YOUR PART. i would be ashamed to open my mouth if i were you. however, knowing you must have grown up in the egyptian academic system, i do not wonder the lies that your regime taught you. open a book and educate yourself. you sound so ignorant. hameed aboughaze, iranian
27. arab lands are cesspools
why would any intelligent jew and capable person go there?
28. #19
you finally got something right. yes, compensation for these poor jewish victims that you people tortured, killed and abused forever and finally stole all their valuables and goods and them kicked them out of all arab lands. to be honest, they left very hefty properties and valuables. the palestinian arabs left close to nothing because they lived in poverty in mud homes with no education, no valuables and no literacy whatsoever.
29. #20
we americans find it infinitally better than bowing to the saudi king, you know, the one that killed 3,000 americans on usa soil and is the major exporter of wahabi ideology, violence and terror around the world. hameed aboughaze, iranian
30. @11 tf , herziliya. you are more then likely correct
About 50% of the small community of Aden Jews under threat of destruction by Arab terror mobs during the six day war were rescued and airlifted to safety by the British, settled in Britain.They maybe small in numbers but that gives an indication to how many more Jews from Arab Lands who fled for their lives and or expelled and chose to settle outside of Israel.
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