Israel lies in claims Arabs forced Jews to flee
Column in Arab News explores the Israeli and Zionist lies that Jews were forced to flee Arab countries. They were never forced to flee. Instead, they were neticed to flee by Jewish organizations to immigrate to Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s and then Israel after May 14, 1948 to occupy the homes and property stolen from Palestinians forced into refugee status by Israeli armed terrorists
By Ray Hanania
This column was published January 9, 2019 in the Arab News in Saudi Arabia and explores the Israeli canard that Jews were forced to flee their homes in Arab lands as a means of libeling Palestinian refugee claims.
More than 750,000 Palestinian civilians, Christian and Muslim, were forced to flee their homes in 400 villages and towns inside the area of Palestine that was forcibly occupied by military conquest by Israel in 1947 and 1948.
Although Israel used the cover of the UN Partition Plan of November 1947, the Israeli forces, who were armed by British, American and other Western countries, forcibly evicted the Palestinians with a very clear purpose to make Israel as “free” from non-Jews as possible. Only Christians and Muslims were forced at gunpoint to leave or be murdered by Jewish terrorist gangs like the Stern Gang, the Irgun, the Haganah and the Palmach.
In the case of Jews from Arab lands, it is true many Jews left their homes and properties but they did so not because of persecution from the Arab countries but rather they left in response to pleas from Jewish fanatics who were seeking to increase the Jewish populations in Israel. Several groups including the World Jewish Congress and the Jewish Agency offered money, and benefits to any Jewish person or family that left their lands to immigrate to Israel. They were also doing that prior to the creation of the Jewish State on May 14, 1948 during the British Mandate.
But Israel has never shied away from lying in order to achieve its pernicious goals. And to counter legitimate Palestinian refugee claims, Israel fabricated the assertions that Jews were victimized, too, when they were not. To further this lie, Israeli and Jewish organizations are seeking to file a $250 billion lawsuit against Arab countries where Jews were encouraged to flee to settle in Israel. They hope that by filing this lawsuit they will create a counter-argument in the minds of naive and uneducated Americans who are being bullied by Israel’s lobby to fund Israel’s warcrimes and human rights violations.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, Middle East Monitor in London, the TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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