850,000 Forgotten Jewish Refugees

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850,000 Forgotten Jewish Refugees

May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence. May 15, the armies of six Arab nations invaded the newborn State. May 16, the headlines of the New York Times startled the world: “Jews in grave danger in all Muslim lands.” “900,000 Jews in Africa and Asia face the wrath of their foes.”

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Scary reading followed. “There have been violent incidents with feelings running high. There are indications that the stage is being set for a tragedy of incalculable proportions.” Again, “The draconic measures contemplated…were part of the plan of ethnic cleansing and genocide that the Arab States had undertaken.” An Arab spokesman said, “They would not be able to guarantee safety to Jews in Arab lands.”

The newborn state seemed doomed. Then a miracle occurred. Israel’s ragtag army, over one third of whom were recent Holocaust survivors, minimally trained, pushed back the professional armies of six Arab States to an ignominious defeat. All fury broke loose like a hurricane. Anger and shame swirled through the Arab and Moslem nations from the Atlantic Ocean to India. The vengeance of hate and shame knew no bounds. The Jews on the street and their homes in their neighborhoods provided the outlet for this hate and shame.

For example, the Jews of Libya numbering nearly 40,000 left with only the clothes on their back because of the mob violence and anti-Jewish riots. The Jews of Iraq, perhaps the most historic Jewish community outside of Israel, experienced mob violence. Then the government allowed emigration only after forfeiting their homes and businesses.

“Operation Ali Baba” followed as vividly described—“about 135,000 Jewish refugees, most of whom had never been aboard planes before, were airlifted to Israel. The elderly, anxious adults, excited teenagers, young children and infants were uprooted from their homes, jobs, schools, neighborhoods, their native tongue, and headed for a voyage into the unknown, to the Land of Israel and the State of Israel which filled their dreams, but of which they knew very little.”

In Yemen businesses were burned to the ground and Jews subjected to waves of violence. In order to save this Jewish community under siege, Israel airlifted nearly the entire Yemenite community of about 50,000 Jews in what was known as “Operation Magic Carpet.”

Since most Yemenite Jews never saw an airplane, Israeli officials were concerned that they would refuse to board. When they saw the plane they rushed forward. Why? They remembered the Scripture that they would return to the Promised Land on the wings of an eagle. Exodus 19:4.

From 1948 to 1958, 97% of all Jews that were living in Arab countries had been uprooted, either due to government sponsored anti-Jewish decrees or the hostile political, social and economic climate created there. Arab governments confiscated more than $100 billion of Jewish individual and communal assets.

Forgotten Refugees

Then suddenly nothing was heard about the 850,000 Jewish refugees. They became “forgotten refugees.” Why? The billion dollar oil financed Arab propaganda machine was heralding worldwide half-truths and non-truths to portray the Palestinians as poor, abused refugees. Dependent on Arab oil, Third World nations and European countries sided with the propaganda—not because it was true, but for economic survival.

Since 1947, the UN General Assembly has passed 101 resolutions favoring Palestinian refugees—none favoring Jewish refugees. Tens of billions of dollars have been disbursed by the UN to provide services and assistance to Palestinian refugees. Not one penny for Jewish refugees deported penniless from Arab countries.

Where did these 850,000 forgotten Jewish refugees, who lived in the nations of the Middle East and Africa for over 2,500 years, originate? To understand this, it is necessary to review the biblical history of the nation of Israel.

Biblical History

Up until the death of King Solomon, the twelve tribes of Israel were united as one nation. Then ten tribes broke away from the tribes of Benjamin and Judah forming the new ten-tribe nation of Israel. Assyria destroyed the polity of the ten-tribe nation of Israel and the people were taken captive to Assyria (now northern modern Iraq). The two-tribe kingdom of Benjamin and Judah was called “Judah.”

Over 100 years later, 606 BC, Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, destroyed Judah’s polity. 2 Kings 35:1-11. Those who survived were taken captive to Babylon for seventy years while the Land lay desolate. Shortly afterwards ancient Babylon (now southern modern Iraq) conquered ancient Assyria. Consequently, ancient Babylon now occupied all of modern Iraq. When ancient Babylon conquered Judah in 606 BC, the captives of all twelve tribes of former Israel lived in what is now modern Iraq. From now on all of these captives will be referred to as Jews.
In 586 BC King Cyrus of Persia (modern Iran) conquered ancient Babylon (modern Iraq) and permitted the Jews in Babylon to return to the land of Israel. 2 Chronicles 36:22,23. But the vast majority of Jews decided to remain in ancient Babylon (modern Iraq).

But not for long. Some Jews migrated to ancient Persia. Remember Esther, a Jewess, became the Queen of Persia (Esther Chapter 2). Soon, about 530 BC, Jewish people migrated from ancient Babylon (modern Iraq) and ancient Persia (modern Iran) throughout the countries of the Middle East and Africa, such as Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, etc. Most are listed on the chart. They contentedly settled in their new countries. Many became wealthy and prominent in the governments, professions, and the arts, and lived non-oppressed for over 1,100 years until AD 633.

Arab Conquerors

When Arab hordes charged out of the Arabian Peninsula in AD 633 conquering the Middle East and North Africa, blood flowed from the Atlantic Ocean to India. In each conquering battle, soldiers and civilians were slaughtered by the thousands before Arabs attempted peace negotiations. The terms of peace were convert to Islam or be killed. Within 80 years the Arabs conquered an area larger than that amassed by the Romans in 800 years.

The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, by Dr. Andrew G. Bostom, 2005, reveals the gory details. The noted historian Will Durant wrote, “The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest in history.”

After the slaughtering in each locale ended, Jews and Christians were not forced to convert. Why? Because both the Jewish and Christian religions, like Islam, traced back to Father Abraham. Jews and Christians were given a special status called Dhimmi, which supposedly means “protected people.” What a sad joke! Under the Muslims, the Jews were far from “protected people.” At best, they were second-rate citizens who had a yellow patch on their outer garment so all would know they were Jews. This is where Hitler got the idea of the yellow star. At worst, they were victims of mobs. Yet a few Jews managed to excel in government, the professions and the arts.

Arab Nazism

Grand Mufti and Hitler

Grand Mufti and Hitler

All of that was mild compared with the 1930s and onward. Arab leaders heartily embraced Hitler’s hatred of the Jews and directed their people to anti-Semitic acts.

The most venomous Jew-hater in the Middle East was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the uncle of Yasser Arafat, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Grand Mufti fomented riots against the Jews in the Holy Land during the British Mandate to prepare Palestine for a Jewish State. Finally, he was exiled from Palestine by the British.

He joined Hitler in 1940 and was on Hitler’s special payroll until the end of World War II. The Mufti played a prominent role in planning the extermination of all Jews in Europe. Confident that Germany would win the war, the Mufti planned for death camps as his “Final Solution”—the extermination of all Jews in Africa and the Middle East.

The following horrors are documented in a DVD, “The Forgotten Refugees,” that was screened at a U.S. Congressional Hearing. The Grand Mufti, by shortwave radio, which was beamed into the Middle East, shouted, “Arabs, rise up as one man, and fight for your rights! Kill the Jews wherever you find them!” Arab countries had posters—“Kill the Jews!” Jews were slaughtered and tortured. The unpleasant details are described by eye witnesses. But, there will be a time of reckoning. Those who curse Israel will be cursed and those who bless Israel will be blessed. (Numbers 24:5-9.)

Remember, Jews lived as respected citizens in these nations of North Africa and the Middle East as much as 1,100 years before the Arabs conquered these nations and persecuted the Jews. Then Arabs forced them out. These Jews were welcomed and absorbed by the State of Israel.
Palestinian Refugees

What is the background of the 650,000 Palestinian refugees from the 1948 Israeli-Arab war? First, this number can be challenged. David Ben-Gurion said there were 450,000 at the most. Second, some writers claim that 75% of the Arab population in Israel are either immigrants in the Holy Land after 1882 or their descendants. (Justice for My People, 1943, p. 130.) Third, most of the UN member nations are dependent on Arab oil, therefore, they ridiculously, define a Palestinian refugee as any Arab who has spent only two years in the Holy Land before 1948.
Jews lived in the nations of North Africa and the Middle East up to 1,100 years longer than the Arabs lived in these nations. Some Jews lived as long as 2,500 years in these nations that the Arabs centuries later conquered. The Arabs forced the Jews out. And these abused Jews are not recognized as refugees! But Arabs who lived only two years in the Holy Land and were displaced (most by their own choice), by the 1948 war started by the Arabs, are considered refugees. The comparison is absurd!

Israel opened its arms and absorbed 850,000 Jewish refugees from the Arab nations. But the Arab nations refused to absorb their own claimed 650,000 Palestinian/Arab refugees. Why?
When Israel acquired Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) and Gaza in the 1967 War, Israel also inherited the Palestinian refugee camps that were administered by a UN agency. Israel wanted to provide new housing for these refugees, but under Arab pressure the UN refused. Why?

Col. Richard Henry Meinertzhagen asked a Lebanese official, “Why do not you Arabs, with all your resources from oil, do something for those wretched refugees from Palestine?” The Lebanese replied, “Good God, do you really think we are going to destroy the finest propaganda we possess? It’s a gold mine!”… “They are just human rubbish, but a political gold mine!” Meinertzhagen noted in his book, “I received identical views from other Arabs.”

In 1949 Syria, an Arab State, declared it needed five million immigrants to live in Syria to start farms. Syria offered the land free to anyone willing to settle there. This would easily have solved the 650,000 Palestinian refugee problem. But the Arab League said, NO! No Arab nation can give permanent residence to the Palestinians. Why? The Palestinians must be kept as refugees until they can occupy the whole Land of Israel once the Jews have been expelled or annihilated.

Similarly, less than one percent of the annual income of the Arab oil states could finance the settlement of Palestinians on the vast empty areas of the Arab states. But the Arab League again says, NO!

Palestinians claim that the 650,000 refugees of 1948 have multiplied to over five million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. In the Israeli-Arab peace process the Palestinians demand two states—a Palestinian State on the so-called West Bank and Gaza, and an Israeli State. They demand that these five million Arab refugees have a right to return to the Israeli State, not the new Palestinian State. Instead of bringing peace, that would start a new era of the Jewish-Palestinian conflict within the Israeli State.

Read Ezekiel 36:4-12 NAS. It tells the complete saga of the Palestinians (the people from the “nations which are round about”) the Land of Israel. The “nations round about” the Land of Israel are Arabs who in verses 4 and 5 came into the Land of Israel and made it desolate. Much of Israel has been a barren waste caused by the Arabs. Verses 6 and 7 reveal that the Lord will punish the people (Arabs) from the nations “round about.” Verses 9 through 12, explain that the Lord will gradually bring the Jews back to all their Land and the Jews will make it a prosperous and thriving land again. But before that can happen, we know that chapters 38 and 39 of Ezekiel must first come to pass.

Then Christ’s Kingdom will follow as described in Isaiah 2:3. “Many peoples shall go and say; ‘come ye, and let us go up to the mountain (Kingdom) of the Lord, …He will teach His ways, and we will walk in His paths’ for out of Zion (Christ and His Church) shall go forth the Law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

The Original Newspaper Account Mentioned in the Beginning of this Article



New York Times, May 16 1948, page E4

LAKE SUCCESS, N. Y., May 15 — For nearly four months, the United Nations has had before it: an appeal for “immediate and urgent” consideration of the case of the Jewish populations in Arab and Muslim countries stretching front Morocco to India.

Even four months ago, it was the Zionist view that Jews residing in the Near and Middle East were in extreme and imminent danger. Now that the end of the ,mandate has precipitated civil war or even worse developments in Palestine, it is feared that the repercussions’ of this in Moslem countries will put the Jewish populations in many of these states in mortal peril.

Reports from the Middle East: make it clear that there is serious tension in all Arab countries. The Jewish populations there are gravely worried at the prospect that an Arab-Jewish war may break out suddenly at any moment.

Feeling Runs High

Already in some Moslem states such as Syria and Lebanon there is a tendency to regard all Jews as Zionist agents and “fifth columnists.” There have been violent incidents with feeling running high. There are indications that the stage is being set for a tragedy of incalculable proportions.

Nearly 900,000 Jews live in these Moslem and Arab countries ‘stretching from the Atlantic along the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. Zionist leaders today are convinced that their position is perilous in the extreme.

When the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations meets in Geneva next July, this matter will come before it.

On Jan. 19,1948, the World Jewish Congress submitted a memorandum on the whole problem to the Economic and Social Council, asking for urgent action during the spring session of the Council.

This plea arose to some extent from statements, made by Arab spokesmen during the General Assembly session last autumn, to the effect that if the partition resolution was put into, effect, they would not be able to guarantee the safety of the Jews in any_ Arab land.

The memorandum of the World Jewish Congress went into considerable detail on this danger. It cited the text of a law .drafted by the Political Committee of the Arab League which was intended, to govern the legal status of Jewish residents in all Arab League countries.

It provides that beginning on an, unspecified date all Jews except citizens of non-Arab states, would be considered “members of the Jewish minority state of Palestine.” Their bank accounts would be frozen and used to finance resistance to “Zionist ambitions in Palestine.” Jews believed to be active Zionists would be interned and their assets confiscated.

The memorandum gave many details of instances of persecution of Jewish individuals and whole communities. It listed the following tabulation of the Jewish residents in Arab countries:

French Morocco 190,000
Iraq 130,000
Algeria 120,000
Iran 90,000
Egypt 80,000
Tunisia 80,000
Turkey 75,000
Yemen 40,000
Libya 30,000
Spanish Morocco and Tangier 30,000
Syria 11,000
Lebanon 7,000 7,000
Aden (including refugees from Yemen) 8,000 8,000
Afghanistan (including refugees in India) 5,000
Other countries (Hadramuth, Sudan, Bahrein) 5,000
Total 899,000

Later information submitted to the Economic and Social Council was to the effect that:

In Syria a policy of economic discrimination is in effect against Jews. “Virtually all” Jewish civil servants in the employ of the Syrian Government have been discharged. Freedom of movement has been “practically abolished.” Special frontier posts have been established to control movements of! Jews.”

In Iraq no Jew is permitted to’ leave the ‘country unless he deposits f5,000 ($20,000) with the Government to; guarantee his return. No foreign Jew is allowed to enter Iraq even in transit.

In Lebanon Jews have been, forced to contribute financially to the fight against the United Nations partition resolution on Palestine. Acts of violence against Jews are openly admitted by the press, which accuses Jews of “poisoning wells,” etc.

Danger Emphasized

Giving many other details of persecution. This report declares that “the very survival of the Jewish communities in certain Arab and Moslem countries is in serious danger unless preventative action is taken without delay.

Today, with the Jewish State an established fact, Jewish spokesmen at Lake Success do not conceal their anxiety that this danger to the survival of the Jewish populations of the Arab countries is even more imminent, and that the only effective solution would be to facilitate their quick transfer, in so far as is possible and practicable, to the new Jewish State.

Conditions vary in the Moslem countries. They are worst in Yemen and Afghanistan, whence many Jews have fled in terror to India. Conditions in most of the countries have deteriorated in recent months, this being particularly true of Lebanon, Iran and Egypt. In the countries farther west along the Mediterranean coast, conditions are not so bad. It is feared, however, that if a full-scale war breaks out, the repercussions will be grave for Jews all the way from Casablanca to Karachi.

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