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November 16, 2007

Jews from Arab lands forced to leave behind $300 billion in assets

With the Annapolis summit approaching, it is likely that the Palestinians and their supporters will demand compensation from Israel for the plight of the 600,000 Arabs and their descendants displaced as a result of the 1948 Arab invasion of nascent Israel. Little coverage will likely be given to the role that the Arab states played in encouraging them to leave in order to facilitate the invasion and anticipated annihilation of Israel, nor to the fact that the Palestinian Arabs subsequently found themselves in political limbo as a result of most Arab states' conscious decision to turn them into political pawns by refusing to grant them citizenship and by banning them from leaving the often squalid refugee camps to which they have been largely confined in many Arab states.

It is equally likely that little, if anything, will be said at Annapolis about the plight of the approximately 850,000 Jews who fled or were expelled from Arab countries during the same period, and that little or no effort will be made to seek redress and compensation for these Jewish refugees and their descendants from Arab countries. However, a Jerusalem Post article notes that the Jews who were expelled from Arab countries after 1948 left behind assets valued today at more $300 billion and continue to own property deeds on a total area of about 100,000 sq. km. -- which, the article notes, is five times the size of the State of Israel.

The article is below.

- Stephen Silver


Nov 16, 2007

Expelled Jews hold deeds on Arab lands

The government needs to bring up the issue of hundreds of thousands of Jews who left their homes in Arab countries following the establishment of the State of Israel as part of any future peace agreement with the Palestinians, the president of the World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries said Thursday.

About 850,000 Jews fled Arab countries after Israel's founding in 1948, leaving behind assets valued today at more than $300 billion, said Heskel M. Haddad.
He added that the New York-based organization has decades-old property deeds of Jews from Arab countries on a total area of 100,000 - which is five times the size of the State of Israel.
Most of the properties are located in Iraq, Egypt and Morocco, Haddad said.

The Baghdad-born Haddad fled Iraq in 1951, and, after a brief stop in Israel, made his way to the United States where he went on to become a prominent New York optometrist.

In an interview, he said that it was imperative for Israel to bring up the issue of the Jews who fled Arab countries at any future peace talks - including those scheduled to take place in Annapolis in the coming weeks - since no Palestinian leader would sign a peace treaty without resolving the issue of Palestinian refugees.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians - with estimates ranging from 400,000 to 750,000 - left Israeli-controlled territory in 1948 and 1949, and they, along with their millions of descendants, make up one of the prickliest issues to be dealt with by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators as part of any resolution to the conflict.

Haddad said that the key to resolving the issue rested with the Arab League, which in the 1950s passed a resolution stating that no Arab government would grant citizenship to Palestinian refugees, keeping them in limbo for over half a century.

At the same time, the Arab League urged Arab governments to facilitate the exit of Jews from Arab countries, a resolution which was carried out with a series of punitive measures and discriminatory decrees making it untenable for the Jews to stay in the countries.

""No Jews from Arab countries would give up their property and home and come to Israel out of Zionism," Haddad said.

He said that the Israeli government was "myopic" not to utilize this little-known information, which he said should be part of a package financial solution to solving the issue of Palestinian refugees.

An Israeli ministerial committee on claims for Jewish property in Arab countries, which is currently headed by the Pensioners Minister Rafi Eitan, has been virtually dormant since it was established four years ago.

Posted by LG at November 16, 2007 01:47 PM



It is obvious to me that Jewish AntiSemites always willing to ameliorate non Jews sold out years ago, and are still selling out since they think that is the way to stop Gentile anti- semites from "pogroms'
Quislings exist within our own people.

If truth is the "final arbitor"; then whats stopping it from surfacing, other than both Jewish and Gentile anti-semites

maurice rothman

Posted by: maurice rothman at November 16, 2007 05:59 PM

This will be posted on American Zionists at :

Posted by: Jack Lauber at November 16, 2007 07:10 PM

It is my sincere desire to see someone present this at the upcoming meeting. A hard and sincere press for reparations in money lost and land from each nation, but not Israeli land is to be given away for any reason. Land for Peace did not work and concessions by Israel will have the same results and the Arab people will see it as a victory and a reason to press for more until Israel is pushed into the sea. Stand firm and give nothing away, but demand that they give to Israel, recognition as a State at the least.

Posted by: Jack Stratton at November 19, 2007 06:39 PM

It is the greatest DISGRACE that everyone overlooks the ROBBERY and HARASSMENT suffered by Arabic Jewry from Morrocco through Algeria thru Tunisia, through Libya through Egypt throu Lebanon and Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Aden, not to mention the non-Arabic Moslem continuous oppression of Iranian Jewry. It is a SCANDAL that no one brings up ARAB MOSLEM ATTACKS ON ARAB JEWS,and ARAB CHRISTIANS for that matter when endlessly over estimating Palestinian problems. The figure of 4.4 Million Palestinian Refugees is now being used by the WESTERN MEDIA BASED ON ARAB SOURCES, why? to overwhelm with a FAKED FIGURE the fact that MILLIONS OF ARAB JEWS were forced into emigration AFTER BEING ROBBED BLIND! The people I must have fault are JEWISH EDITORS, PUBLISHERS, such as the Sulzbergers of The Times, David Landsberg at the Miami Herald, and, of course the JEWISH STOCKHOLDERS of TIME-WARNER (A Jewish name) who own CNN THE MOST ANTI-SEMITIC NEWS ON THE PLANET OUTSIDE THE ARAB WORLD although not something that bothers Jews Larry King, Jon Stewart, and Wolf Blitzer! Why the Hell does the Jewish Community blindly accept this?

Posted by: Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz at November 27, 2007 08:09 AM

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