Remembering the Jews Expelled from Arab lands

nytimes_1948_jews_in_arabNew York Times from 1948

In Israel, November 30 is now the national day of commemoration of the forgotten refugees, the Jewish expelled from Arab lands and Iran.

In 1948 close to a million Jews lived in the Middle East and North Africa, calling these land their home since the Babylonian captivity…

h/t Marvin

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I think this is as important as Holocaust remembrance, yet almost no one knows of it.

    • Frau Katze

      I don’t know why it has been downplayed. Perhaps there used to be an idea that talking about it would hurt peace attempts with the Pals. But that doesn’t seen to be making any headway after all these decades, so now seems a good time to bring it up? I’m just guessing.

      • Destroyer-Drone

        It’s been essentially forgotten because Jews didn’t make a tantrum out of their expulsion like the arabs did. They quickly settled in and moved on with their lives. Moreover, these were true victims: the scarred, silent ones – not the loudmouthed attention whores who want to drown Jews in the Mediterranean.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Because they rapidly and successfully integrated them and got on with their lives. On the other hand, for the first few decades of Israel’s existence, the Azkhenazic elite were not thrilled with the influx of Maghrebi and Mizrhai Jews and there was and to some extent continues to this day, prejudice against them. Much like the Uber Elite German Jews of America who looked down their noses at the Ostjuden who flocked to America after the Civil War,

    • Destroyer-Drone

      Just wait for Norman Finkelstein to write us an essay about the “Jewish Nakba Industry.” Then everyone will say it’s all a big hoax to create arab guilt. You’ll see.

  • SDMatt

    Interesting cartoon at the bottom of Mufti al-Husseini with a Nazi swastika rightfully on his back facing presumably a Jew armed with a stick and framed with the words ‘Not like Dachau, is it, Herr Mufti?’

    • winniec

      The NYT wasn’t delusional about the Arab role in the Holocaust (death camps operated in North Africa). Al-Husseini led the Muslim world in the creation of its now-monstrous Jew hatred. The Koran commands Jews to live ‘in the land’ of Israel and calls them ‘children of Israel’.

  • Just a thought

    Thanks. Nice bit of history that shouldn’t be forgotten.

  • winniec

    Look at the NYT! They weren’t defending Islamic theocratic fascism. They were defending the Jewish homeland!

    • Observer

      That was then before the marxists calling themselves liberals took over.

      And like Marx and the marxists/socialists who followed they have a final solution to Marx’s “Jewish Question”.

      • Minicapt

        This was when the Marxists were supporters of the Jewish homeland. Then the Jews repudiated the idea of a ‘people’s democracy’ and established a constitutional republic.


        • ScottAdler

          Precisely. And then Nasser happened.

    • Hard Little Machine

      They would not have been too upset if Israel were wiped out. They made no apologies for their official editorial line of anti Zionism. But much like today they like their Jews persecuted, driven out, victimized. That’s what’s behind this story. The weak hapless Jews being harried. They love that stuff.

  • Destroyer-Drone

    This is the all-time killer fact for those nakba cry-babies. Almost every arab state is Judenfrei, it’s high time we end the population exchange and push the arabs back into the desert, the feeling must be reciprocal.