Guardian’s glaring omission in PaliLeaks stories: Any mention of justice for Jewish refugees from Arab lands

This is cross posted by Bataween at Point of No Return, a site devoted to providing information on the Middle East’s forgotten Jewish refugees

I’m aghast. Incensed. Furious.

On Tuesday, The Guardian (international edition) devoted 80 percent of its front page and five inside pages to the Palestine Papers. No less than 14 pieces on the Palestine Papers appeared on The Guardian website, Comment is Free.

The editorial spin is that the Palestinian Authority’s purported ‘concessions’ ceding parts of Jerusalem to Israel and the ‘right of return’ for all but 100,000 Palestinian refugees would have been an outrageous betrayal of the Palestinian people’s aspirations.

The Palestinians are said to be making generous concessions on Jerusalem: yet the old city and East Jerusalem, whole districts of Baghdad (where Jews were 40 percent of the population), Tripoli, Alexandria, Cairo, Fez, Meknes, Tunis, Sana’a, Damascus, and dozens of other cities were brutally emptied of their Jews in the last 50 years. These Jews do not deserve justice in the eyes of The Guardian.

The Jews have more than paid any price – they have lost land equivalent to four times the entire surface area of Israel, they have had assets seized and stolen by Arab governments (worth twice as much as Palestinians have lost). On top of all that they have suffered ethnic cleansing.

Yet the Palestinians, who lost a war they started (to eradicate Israel), have the temerity to demand a ‘right of return’ to their homes after 60 years, whereas an exchange of population with a roughly equal number of Jews (who couldn’t go back to their homes in Arab lands, even if they wanted to) is what occurred. What The Guardian does, by encouraging the Palestinians to adhere to their maximalist demands, is to make a humanitarian solution for Palestinian refugees in their host countries more remote than ever, and give extremists every incentive to keep the conflict going.

Where is your sense of justice, Guardian? Where is your sense of perspective, CiF? Why are the Jews of the Middle East always absent from the debate on your pages? Why do Arab rights always trump Jewish rights in your warped and simplistic view?

Rant over.

4 replies »

  1. To be honest, I think the ‘Arab Jews’ issue a red herring.

    Most Jews who became Israeli were effective refugees, members of a people that has been a ‘refugee’ people for the better part of 2000 years, ‘Palestinians’, in fact, regarded by both themselves and just about everyone else as ‘Palestinians’ i.e. a people exiled and dispossessed, and both defined and kept that way, by both Christendom and Islam.

    The truth is that Palestinian Arab Muslims and Christians treated Palestinian Jews no better, before 1917 or after. They had always discriminated against Jews, and then tried to exclude, expel or eliminate them, too.

    They failed because, unlike elsewhere, Jews attained numbers and organization they could not elsewhere, precisely because this was, to them, their historical homeland, and they had nowhere else to go.

    The real issue, for me, is that Palestinian Arab Resistance, the buzz word these days, is rooted in an original Resistance against Jews living in the land in the other than the tiny numbers to which Muslims and Christians were accustomed. Accustomed, in fact, to practise discrimination against, or, indeed, apartheid.

  2. Sian, I agree with you that most Jews who became Israelis were refugees, and that Israel has to some extent solved the problem by providing them with a homeland.
    But there is a reckoning to be made between Jewish refugees from Arab countries and the Arab states who drove them out: in other words, to achieve peace and an end to the conflict, those states have to recognise that justice is a two-way street and that an exchange of two refugee populations of roughly equal numbers should have put an end to all further Palestinian demands. Such a recognition would help achieve peace.

  3. The greatest significance of the Arab Jewish issue is that it gives good reason why most Israeli Jews think it would be insane to want/risk becoming a minority in their own, let alone an Arab state.

    Dissolving the one Jewish state in the world for its alleged apartheid qualities would be to dissolve it into a desert of Arab states and societies, including the Palestinian, that can only be described as apartheid with regard to Jews based on the history of the last hundred years if not earlier.