Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Israel: Arab League Must Admit Responsibility For Jewish Refugees

A long time coming, but it's about time this was said in an official context:

On Tuesday (April 3, 2012), the Foreign Ministry hosted a special conference headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and presented for the first time a special ministry report titled "The Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries." The conference was attended by representatives from the organizations of Jews from Arab countries and by correspondents from the Israeli and international media; and was broadcast live to all the Israeli missions abroad.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon opened the conference by recognizing the historic wrong and the perversion of justice done to the Jewish refugees from the Arab countries starting in 1948. Ayalon then appealed directly to the Arab League, on this the tenth anniversary of the Saudi Initiative, and demanded they acknowledge their historic guilt and assume responsibility for expelling the Jews from Arab countries, thereby turning them into refugees, and simultaneously acknowledge their responsibility for creating the Palestinian refugees by going to war against Israel. Ayalon emphasized, "Particularly at this juncture in time I call upon the Arab League to assume responsibility and admit it was they who caused the Jews from Arab countries to become refugees."

Ayalon made it clear that Israel would insist on the Palestinian refugees being integrated into the Palestinian state when it is established, just as the Jewish refugees were absorbed into Israel.
"Today some 50% of Israel's residents are the same refugees from Arab countries and their progeny, who were fully integrated and who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Israel. Just as the State of Israel absorbed the Jewish refugees, so the Arab refugees who left Mandatory Palestine should receive the same treatment, all the more in light of the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, the existence of which renders the continued existence of the Arab refugee camps unjustified."

Ayalon instructed all of Israel's missions abroad to persuade the world's parliamentarians to adopt a resolution recognizing the Jewish refugees from Arab states, just as the American Congress did by passing House Resolution 185 in 2008.

"I call upon all the world's enlightened nations to adopt moral, just resolutions like the United States' resolution 185 and thereby help bring an end to the conflict. Acknowledging and taking care of refugees is not just a matter of historic justice but also one that is valid based on UN Resolution 242."

Ayalon has personal knowledge of what he's talking about. As a child, he and his family were expelled from Algeria as soon as it received its independence in 1962 with nothing but the clothes on their backs..simply because they were Jews.

Almost one million Jews were ethnically cleansed in a similar fashion after 1948. And unlike the 'Palestinians', Israel didn't receive a penny's worth of help from the UN in resettling them.The refugees on both sides were the direct result of the Arab jihad against Israel in 1948, and the Arabs have never acknowledged it.

"At this juncture in time I call for putting an end to the historic injustice and call upon the Arab League to assume responsibility and admit it was they who caused the Jews from Arab countries to become refugees",said Ayalon.

They won't because it would destroy the entire narrative they've used to poison their people and their western apologists for generations. But it's good to hear the truth from official channels instead of the usual apologetic nonsense.

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