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'Book robbery' hijacks history
Asaf Romirowsky
Published: 07.04.13, 10:16
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1. ????
flagburner ,   JPN   (04.07.13)
"...mainstream Zionists from the beginning attempted to work with the Arab population and then favored an Arab state alongside Israel." Most crudest propaganda....
2. What about the Jewish Books stolen during the Jewish nakba?
Eilon ,   Freedom   (04.07.13)
The amounts of Jewish books taken by the Arabs in Algiers / Cairo / Yemen / Bagdad / Damascus etc etc? Does it count?
3. As a tribute to their parents
PaulD ,   Jerusalem   (04.07.13)
the new 'Progressives' are bend on bringing back the good old days, of random expressions of hatred and genocide against Jews. So much so, that they are attributing crimes to Jews that Jews never had time to think of yet If you add up the lies, Jews have killed millions of Arabs, stole land from half the planet, all the while plotting world domination by getting all the demonic hoards of the world to kill each other.
4. Im so bored with this.
dmgold ,   PFC Israel   (04.07.13)
This incessant whining by the anti Israel/Jew academia is boring. If 700,000 (isnt this the refugee claim) only posessed 70,000 books well I would have to say they probably did lack culture. 10 books per person!!!
5. 'books'
caleb ,   israel   (04.07.13)
The Palestinians should thank the Israelis that these books are preserved in the national library for 'everbody' to look into. Imagine that if the European gentiles and the Vatican, Biblioteque Nationale, Oxford, etc etc had not plundered or stolen the books and even more so the valuable mss. we would not have access to these rare items which for the most part are microfilmed in the HU library. It is just a crippled excuse to demean time after time a government whose has been better to them than any Arab state today existing. BTW is there a normal Arab state today???
6. The work of the devils?!!!!
Avouskila ,   South America   (04.07.13)
Well, for one thing: by publishing and arguing in your commentaries, you're actual legitimising the doc. Without any doubt, there were some rogues within the adversaries: the Jews and the Arabs, and certainly, the Arab armies have left behind them quite a bit of a disaster. So, why, the Israel media does not respond. Yes: Exodus, Mila, Schindler...could be construed as such. My parents recalled the reception of the 'parties' ' media and others (Maariv, Haaretz, and of course the ideological newspapers, from Mapai to Akhdut Haavoda) upon their arrival as immigrants from Morocco. "unpept", "uneducated" so on and so forth. Sure Propaganda has the devilish propriety for leveling the playing field.
7. # 4
jew from the east   (04.07.13)
correct is 1 book for 10 person
8. Well at least the books were saved for posterity
ChanahS ,   Israel   (04.07.13)
and not burned, destroyed, looted, such as were all Hebrew/Jewish texts throughout the ages, including by Arab marauders during the War on Independence in 1948.
9. World domination
Dr Yeruham Leavitt ,   Kiriat Arba, Israel   (04.07.13)
The way the world has been behaving, maybe it would be a better place if we did dominate it. And our enemies cannot complain. They made up the idea. We didn't. Dr Yeruham (Frank) Leavitt Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, and 31-year resident, Kiriat Arba, Hebron, ISRAEL.
10. Honest people respecting culture
Raphael ,   Netanya   (04.07.13)
During their 14 centuries history, up to nowadays, Arabs used to loot any dhimmi property. Except for the books and torah scrolls, which they used for heating purpose.
11. #1 flag ???
solomon ,   bklyn   (04.07.13)
The first Jews to arrive in the late 1800's learned arabic and dressed like the arabs, wanting to be at peace with them. The Yishuv accepted the partition; instead they had to fight for their lives. Read some history instead of posting the most crudest propoganda (also know as 'lies').
12. Who pays for Middle East Studies ?
Akiva ,   NYC   (04.07.13)
Some years back there was a study of America's top research universities with Middle Eastern Studies departments. All received funding from Arab govts or Arab foundation except for two: Princeton and Johns Hopkins. Funding of course influences appointments and publications in the department. If Israel wanted to destroy 'Palestinian' culture they would have destroyed the books, not catalogued them for university students to use. The 'eccentric' reasoning is similar to those who claim the Palestinian refugees suffered a genocide at the hand of Israel, while admitting that there are now five million Palestinian refugees claiming the right of return in lieu of the 700,000 Arabs who left Israel in 1948.
13. Jews preserve stolen Arab books, homes, land, property
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (04.07.13)
...for themselves, no one else.
14. Reply to number 1. Jews and Arabs
Sherlock Holmes ,   London England   (04.07.13)
In 1937 Britain tried to set up two states in Mandatory Palestine, one Jewish, one Arab. The Jews reluctantly accepted the offer, but the Arabs rejected it. This was in addition to the 77% of Palestine Britain gave to set up the Kingdom of [Trans]Jordan. In 1937 Ben Gurion said, 'a great Jewish state will be a benefit to our Arab neighbours. We need each other. We can benefit each other.' (evidence given to the Peel Commission)
15. Flagburner, number one
Danny ,   London England   (04.07.13)
The good will worked both ways. The Emir Feisel in 1919 wrote to Justice Felix Frankfurter, 'We Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist Movement. ...We will wish the Jews a hearty welcome home.We are working together for a reformed and revised Near East, and our two movements complement one another. .. I think neither can be successful without the other.... ' quoted by Sir Martin Gilbert in The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Its History in Maps. Winston Churchill said much the same to a Conference of Arabs in Palestine in March 1921.
16. Book Robbery
Dana G ,   US   (04.07.13)
I believe what the author says, because I know it's true. But he has not presented a serious argument to support his view. All he really does is say Book Robbery is full of distortions and lies. He doesn't present the truth in a way that refutes the movie.
17. 70,000 books for 700,000 Palestinians...
M. Davison ,   Ra'anana, Israel   (04.07.13)
That comes to one book for every ten people... what does that say for the Palestinian culture being promoted in this film?
18. the truth...
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (04.07.13)
We may never know the truth, but we do know the Arab propensity for a) not reading history, b) re-writing it to suit their own desires and c) their love of the lie to achieve their goals. With that in mind, I approach this article and others like it.
19. at #18
Rube Vogel ,   Jerusalem   (04.07.13)
Larry - On the one hand your comment is a racist generalization. On the other hand it is completely accurate. When did it become so hard just to say the truth...?
20. damned regardless
Asher Gladson ,   USA   (04.07.13)
Interesting expose. If Israel had not rescued the books from the abandoned homes; they would have been damned. If Israel had burned the books; they would have been damned. Since Israel saved, catalogued and housed for scholarly use the volumes, they are damned. Has any other race or religion ever suffered unjustly like the Jews for merely existing? It seems they are particularly despised and slandered when they do the right thing. . . It hurts most when it is done by a member of the family. "For it was not an enemy who insulted me; if it had been, I could have borne it. It was not my adversary who treated me with scorn; if it had been, I could have hidden myself. But it was you, a man of my own kind, my companion, whom I knew well. We used to share our hearts with each other; in the house of God we walked with the crowd." Psalm 55:13-15 Tomorrow is Holocaust Remembrance Day. That is a good time to ponder the obvious-- Why are the Jews consistently at threat of extermination? Whose purpose would be fulfilled if they could be exterminated? Whose purpose would be thwarted if they were exterminated?
21. #13 Correct, the tribe above all
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22. Right. Arabs and books.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (04.08.13)
Were it not so sad, it would be funny. There were practically no schools in Palestine until the Jews came along and built them. Do you know how many universities there were in the West Bank when Israel acquired it in 1967? I will tell you. NONE. So -- please. The Arabs are singularly enamored of violence and terror. Education? No. Not part of the equation. When Arabs discovered that Jews would pay heartily for ancient scrolls, do you know what they did with scrolls they discovered? They chopped them into tiny pieces, so as to get more money. So much for Arabs and learning. No respect for education; no respect for books. No respect for anything.
23. The Real Injustice
Zechariah   (04.08.13)
The real injustice was blocking Jewish escape from Christan Europe to the Islamic lands including Islamic India with the Jewsbringing wealth and technology to be intergrated into the traditions of tolerate piety and scholarship as in the golden age in Spain.
24. to #21 taking part of today German national anthem
ghostq   (04.08.13)
will not do, cause today Germany isn't Nazi state. it was written after the WW2 war "German above all" AFTER adopting USA democracy style. some people do not have respect for other people anthems and use it for political bashing.
25. Good Question #2
jerusalem   (04.09.13)
Maybe you should also ask your western 'friends' that question and see the response. I can tell you for sure that Britain is almost alleviated, since it prohibited Jewish immigration in its country for a time! Seems like for some of you, every day is a new 'craze'.
26. :-)
JGad ,   Israel   (04.09.13)
i guess the celebrities that appears in the forbes israeli version list are less intersting than all the finance books of the israeli goverment since 1948 touche
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