They and their descendants make up the majority of Israeli Jews.
“Nakba Day” remembers Arab refugees created by the civil war and then invasion of the nascent Jewish state by Arab armies. It was held a week ago, the day after Israel Independence Day.
The “Nakba” has been rewritten by the propagandists as something inflicted upon the Arabs, as opposed to a result of the Arabs refusal to accept the U.N. Partition proposal and the launch of warfare to crush the Jews.
Had the Arabs won, there would have been a wholesale massacre of the Jews and complete ethnic cleansing. We don’t have to speculate about that — that’s what happened when the Arab armies conquered Judea and Samaria. There were no Jews left, not even in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
And there was a massacre of Jews who surrendered:
In his diary on 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion, later to be first prime minister of Israel, recorded the events leading to Israel’s declaration of statehood.
It is marked in a handful of words: “At four o’clock in the afternoon, we declared independence. The nation was jubilant – and, again, I mourn in the midst of the rejoicing.”
The cause for grief had been relayed to him at two o’clock that morning – the first entry in his journal. “General Staff Meeting. At 2am a telegram from Fritz [Eshet]: waving a white flag at Kfar Etzion resulted in a massacre of the defenders by the Arabs.”
The Arab war against Jewish Independence was not territorial, it was religious. As historian Benny Morris has documented, throughout the Arab world the desire to liquidate Jewish nationalism was viewed as holy Jihad (emphasis added):
What I discovered in the documentation relating to the war, at least from the Arab side, was that the war had a religious character, that the central element in the war was an imperative to launch jihad. There were other imperatives of course, political and others—but the most important from the enemy’s perspective was the element of the infidels who had the nerve to take control over sacred Muslim lands and the need to uproot them from there. The decisive majority in the Arab world saw the war first and foremost as a holy war, but until today historians have not examined the documentation that proves this. In my view, they have also ignored Arab rhetoric of the day, which universally included religious hatred against the Jews, because they thought the Arabs adopted this as normal speech that did not emanate from deep mental resources. They thought this was something superficial, that everyone talked like this. But I am positive the Arab spokesmen in 1948 did go beyond this and clearly and explicitly talked about jihad.
So the Nabka narrative has history backwards. Yet it is the narrative that has taken hold in regressive left-wing circles, where Israel is the greatest threat to freedom despite being the most free country in the region.
Yet there is another refugee story that rarely is told, though it’s changing very slowly. It’s the story of Arab refugees the leftists dare not talk about because it might upset their Islamist compatriots.
It’s the story we have told here many times, the story of the almost one million Jewish refugees from Arab countries:
- Oh, those refugees whose property was taken
- Israel double-dares Arabs to seek compensation for refugees
- The other Nakbah: The ethnic cleansing of Jews in the Arab world
- Jewish Nakba Day
Those Jewish refugees and their descendant’s now make up over half of Israel’s Jewish population.
This past week the following short video was released:
Another YouTube user titles it “almost a million people lost everything when Israel declared independence”
The video ends by saying “Their story deserves to be shared.”
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