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Important Information

Posted by Godefroi on April 14, 2008

Much is made of all that the Arabs of Palestine lost when they voluntarily left (the vast majority) or were pushed out of Israel in ’48 and ’67.  Comparitively little is mentioned of all that was lost by the Jews who were either expelled or forced to leave their homes (e.g. Egypt’s delegate told the UN General Assembly in 1947: “The lives of one million Jews in Muslim countries would be jeopardized by partition.”) in Arab lands. 

A study has been published highlighting these losses at the JCPA site.  I urge a look.

Some excerpts.

The exact number of Palestinians who fled Israel from November 1947 to December 1948 will never be known. The estimates range from about 400,000 to one million. The most plausible is some 550,000…The result is that new refugees [from the 1967 war] probably amounted to about 100,000. Thus, the net total of [Arab] refugees created by both wars was some 650,000.

Before 1948, there were slightly more than one million Jews in the Middle East and North Africa outside the area that became Israel, including the 40,000 in the West Bank and Gaza.[6] The total number fell by half in the years following the 1948 war and then declined to some 100,000 following the 1967 conflict. The Jewish population fell further in the ensuing years and by 2007 amounted to just 15,000 to 35,000. The bulk of those remaining reside in Iran. Thus roughly one million Jews became refugees because of actions of Middle Eastern and North African countries.

When the two refugee exoduses are compared, it can be concluded with a high degree of likelihood that the number of Jewish refugees was some 50 percent greater than that of Palestinian refugees.

The total of 125 million Palestinian pounds [amount of lost assets among Palestinian Arab refugees] amounts to $350 million in 1948. This is equal to some $650 per 1948-1949 refugee.  To this must be added the asset losses for those additional 100,000 who fled in the aftermath of the 1967 war and the 40,000 IDPs. The latter are included even though they often were given new property and/or compensation.[10] At a realistic $700 per capita that would amount to another $100 million in lost Palestinian assets. Thus the total of assets lost by Palestinians is some $450 million. In 2007 prices this would amount to $3.9 billion.

There also are no precise global figures of the assets lost by the Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. Using a similar methodology, the minimal amount [of Jewish losses] would be $700 million at period prices and $6 billion at 2007 prices.

The bottom line, however, is that no matter what methodology is used the losses of Jewish refugees from Middle Eastern and North African countries are almost certainly at least 50 percent higher than those of Palestinian refugees.

It is noted that since actual records from the time are scarce, this study is to some degree speculative.  However, it is known that there were nearly twice as many Jewish refugees as Arab refugees, even if the final number is not completely accurate, the proportion is still credible.

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2 Responses to “Important Information”

  1. Edmund said

    They left because there was a war going on. They did not expect the people on the other side to break international law and not allow them to go back to their homes as mandated by the UN. I’m sure if there was a war in your town you may consider going a few miles away to stay with a sister or brother until the fighting was over.

    stop being a bigot

  2. Godefroi said

    Bigoted…interesting. Am I any more obstinately attached to my opinion than you are to yours?

    Why was there a war going on – that is, who started the war? Why were Jews forced to leave placed like Yemen, Libya, Morocco, and Iraq? There was no war going on there.

    What international law has been broken? What UN mandate?

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