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The ethnic cleansing of Jews from Arab-Muslim countries

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Submitted by YJ Draiman (United States), Dec 10, 2016 at 22:17

The ethnic cleansing of Jews from Arab-Muslim countries

Almost all of the more than a million Jewish families and their children living in Arab countries at the time of the re-creation of the State of Israel were terrorized and forced to leave. Most of those Jewish families and their children were resettled in the Land of Israel and today comprise over half the population.

First Jews to arrive in the Arab countries was during King Solomon's time. Aleppo in Syria was a thriving Jewish community during King Solomon's time.

Jews living in Arab countries were terrorized and fled their homes and all of their property, personal, businesses, homes and over 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned land for over 2,500 years, valued in the trillions of dollars, due mostly to anti-Semitism and persecution when the Jewish state was re-established.
Today, that property is valued in the trillions of dollars.

In this incredible set of testimonies, we hear firsthand from Jews who were terrorized and left Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria and Syria, etc..
What was it like before 1948 and how did things change in the months leading up to their forced expulsion?
Listen to these important but almost forgotten stories.

My grandparents from my mothers side came from Yemen and I was informed first hand some of the stories relating to the persecution of Jews in Yemen. I also have family that originated from Iraq and listened to their horrific depiction of the terror which the Jews in Iraq were subject to.
Anytime the Arabs mention taking Jewish land in the Land of Israel and compensation. We must remind them that they took Jewish land 6 times the size of Israel and Jewish assets totaling in the trillions of dollars.

See bellow the official document of Arab discrimination against the Jews

Text of the Law Drafted by the Political Committee of the Arab League
In 1947, the Political Committee of the Arab League (League of Arab States) drafted a law which was to govern the legal status of Jewish residents in all Arab League countries. This law had already been approved by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, provided that, "beginning with a specified date, all Jews – with the exception of citizens of non-Arab countries – were to be considered members of the Jewish 'minority state of Palestine,' and that their bank account be frozen and used to finance resistance to 'Zionist ambitions in Palestine.' Jews believed to be active Zionists would be interned as political prisoners and their assets confiscated. Only Jews who accept active service in Arab armies or place themselves at the disposal of these armies would be considered 'Arabs.'" 1
Excerpts of Direct Quotes of the Law drafted by the Political Committee of the Arab League
• "All Jewish citizens...will be considered as members of the Jewish minority of the State of Palestine and will have to register ["within 7 days"] with the authorities of the region wherein they reside, giving their names, the exact number of members in their families, their addresses, the names of their banks and the amounts of their deposits in these banks..."2
• "Bank accounts of Jews will be frozen. These funds will be utilized in part or in full to finance the movement of resistance to Zionist ambitions in Palestine."3
• "Only Jews who are subjects of foreign countries will be considered 'neutrals.' These will be compelled either to return to their countries, with a minimum of delay, or be considered Arabs and obliged to accept active service in the Arab army."4
• "Every Jew whose activities reveal that he is an active Zionist will be considered as a political prisoner and will be interned in places specifically designated for that purpose by police authorities or by the Government. His financial resources, instead of being frozen, will be confiscated."5
• "Any Jew who will be able to prove that his activities are anti-Zionist will be free to act as he likes, provided that he declares his readiness to join the Arab armies."6
• "The foregoing...does not mean that those Jews will not be submitted to paragraphs 1 and 2 of this law."7



This is just a very small sample of the cleansing of Jews from Arab/Muslim countries.

YJ Draiman


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