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WATCH: Attempts to redefine Jewish-Arab refugees

For several months now, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has been promoting an initiative calling for the recognition of Jews from Arab countries as refugees. Is this historical justice, or just another attempt to achieve a political goal through the cynical use of immigrants from Arab countries?

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    1. Israel is self defined as a haven for Jews; very many, then, came and may come as refugees (I suspect some from the collapsed Soviet Union might fit this). But the U. Tel Aviv sociologist in the video is right that it also commits Israel to recognize the Nakba in full. In the zero sum world of rhetoric over Israel, the move seems just another way to extend argument indefinitely. Since the claim against Arab States is irrelevant to the Nakba, one cannot, as a matter of justice, link them. Israel would implicitly recognize responsibility for the Nakba while doing nothing about it, instead putting forward an anti Arab League plan of financial compensation by Arabs, perhaps seen as channeling money to Nakba claims. Claims and counter claims are made like a court case that never ends, this the purpose of the claims.

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      • Shmuel

        “Since the claim against Arab States is irrelevant to the Nakba, one cannot, as a matter of justice, link them.”

        Two can play the same game.

        The Nakba claim is irrelevant to the case of Jewish refugees claims for compensation from Arab countries.

        Claims and counter claims are made like a court case that never ends, this the purpose of the claims.

        Now lets get real: Either BOTH claims get recognised and serviced with justice, or neither will be. How does that sound to you Greg?

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    2. rsgengland

      The Palestinians have used the ‘right of return’ as an excuse and a propaganda tool for years.
      They are the only refugee group that has its own UN agency, and perpetual and inherited refugee status, preventing the possibility of there ever being peace in the region while it remains.
      If the Palestinians can use their refugee status , why can’t the 1000000+ Jews expelled from the Arab/Muslim lands because of Antisemitism, after 1948, be used in a similar manner.
      Or is it just that Jewish refugees don’t count?
      Questions?Questions?Questions?.

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