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Daily Israel Report

Video: What Was Fate of Hundreds of Thousands of Refugees?

What is the difference between a Jewish and an Arab refugee? Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon explains.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/12/2011, 4:56 PM

Jewish communities resettled Jews forced out of Arab countries, while Arabs and the United Nations perpetuate Arabs refugees’ status, explains a new video presented by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, whose own father was a refugee from Algeria.

Ayalon previously narrated a successful short video depiction of Judea and Samaria.

In the latest presentation, he points out that “there were far more Jewish refugees than Arab refugees, ” with more than 850,000Jews  from Arab countries, many of whose families lived in their homes from pre-Islamic times (that is before the year 600 C.E.) until they were forced out without their assets in Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

In Israel, approximately 160,000 Arabs remained in the country after the Jewish state was re-established and accepted citizenship, while the others fled with the promise from foreign Arab countries that they would return quickly after the anticipated annihilation of the fledgling Jewish state in 1948.

Ayalon explains why that number has increased to several million: The United Nations set up a special agency that discriminates against Arab refugees, treating them differently from other refugees in the world. Along with the Arab world’s refusal – outside of Jordan – to accept them as citizens, the UNRWA transfers their refugee status from generation to generation instead of trying to resettle them, as is done for other refugees.

The reason, Ayalon explains, is that the refugees are the Arab world’s demographic weapons against Israel as explained former Egyptian ruler Gamal Abdel Nasser, who stated, “If the refugees will return to Israel, Israel will cease to exist.”

“Have you heard of any Jewish refugees?’ Ayalon asks, and answers, “No, because they were absorbed by Israel and other nations.” And that includes refugees from the Holocaust in addition to those from Arab countries.

As for the fate of “Palestinian” refugees, Ayalon concludes, “They never had a chance” because of their “Arab brethren” and United Nations policies.