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Monday, August 8, 2011

Eternally UNRWA

One of our Betar friends sent us Rafi Dobrin's  What if Jews had followed the Palestinian Path? based on Warren Kozak's article.
It is doubtful that there has ever been a more miserable human refuse than Jewish survivors after World War II. Starving, emaciated, stateless—they were not welcomed back by countries where they had lived for generations as assimilated and educated citizens. Germany was no place to return to and in Kielce, Poland, 40 Jews who survived the Holocaust were killed in a pogrom one year after the war ended. The European Jew, circa 1945, quickly went from victim to international refugee disaster.

Yet within a very brief time, this epic calamity disappeared, so much so that few people today even remember the period. How did this happen in an era when Palestinian refugees have continued to be stateless for generations?

In 1945, there were hundreds of thousands of Jewish survivors living in DP Camps (displaced persons) across Europe. They were fed and clothed by Jewish and international relief organizations. Had the world's Jewish population played this situation as the Arabs and Palestinians have, everything would look very different today.

To begin with, the Jews would all still be living in these DP camps, only now the camps would have become squalid ghettos throughout Europe. The refugees would continue to be fed and clothed by a committee similar to UNRWA—the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (paid for mostly by the United States since 1948). Blessed with one of the world's highest birth rates, they would now number in the many millions. And 66 years later, new generations, fed on a mixture of hate and lies against the Europeans, would now seethe with anger.
I commented:
The template for the British plan for the "mandate" was the India-Pakistan population change. But the Arabs weren't interested in establishing a country. They just liked the free handouts.
World history is full of reports of population exchanges.  Before Great Britain actually dealt with the solution to the Mandate in Palestine it was busy dividing up the Indian Subcontinent.

That resulted in two countries, India and Pakistan.  They were separated by religion, Hindu and Islam.
The partition was promulgated in the Indian Independence Act 1947 and resulted in the dissolution of the British Indian Empire. The struggle between the new dominions of India and Pakistan which resulted from the partition displaced up to 12.5 million people in the former British Indian Empire, with estimates of loss of life varying from several hundred thousand to a million...
Massive population exchanges occurred between the two newly-formed states in the months immediately following Partition. Once the lines were established, about 14.5 million people crossed the borders to what they hoped was the relative safety of religious majority. Based on 1951 Census of displaced persons, 7,226,000 Muslims went to Pakistan from India while 7,249,000 Hindus and Sikhs moved to India from Pakistan immediately after partition.
About 11.2 million or 78% of the population transfer took place in the west, with Punjab accounting for most of it; 5.3 million Muslims moved from India to West Punjab in Pakistan, 3.4 million Hindus and Sikhs moved from Pakistan to East Punjab in India; elsewhere in the west 1.2 million moved in each direction to and from Sind. (complete article)
This was going on just after World War II, a war which threatened the very existence of Great Britain, and during the height of Etzel and Lechi underground activities in British Mandated Palestine.  To some think tank of the time, it probably looked like a clever idea to offer the Arabs an equal chance for statehood, even though there was no national movement to run it. (And they obviously ignored the fact that they had already invented a country, Hashemite Jordan, in the land that had been allocated to be a Jewish one.)  The modern Zionists had been incubating a national government for decades, and they were ready to administer their own country.

Another important fact to remember is that many more Jewish refugees from Arab countries made their way to the new Jewish State, Israel:
Although much is heard about the plight of the Palestinian refugees, little is said about the Jews who fled from Arab states. In 1945, there were more than 870,000 Jews living in the various Arab states. Many of their communities dated back 2,500 years. Throughout 1947 and 1948 these Jews were persecuted. Their property and belongings were confiscated. There were anti-Jewish riots in Egypt, Lybia, Syria, and Iraq. In Iraq, Zionism was made a capital crime. Approximately 600,000 Jews sought refuge in the State of Israel. They arrived destitute, but they were absorbed into the society and became an integral part of the state. In effect, then, a vertible exchange of populations took place between Arab and Jewish refugees. Thus, the Jewish refugees from Arab countries became full Israeli citizens whereas the Arab refugees who fled their homes in Palestine, remained “refugees“ unaided by the neighboring Arab countries.

Little is heard about the Jewish refugees because they did not remain refugees for long. Of the 820,000 Jewish refugees, 586,000 were resettled in Israel at great expense, and without any offer of compensation from the Arab governments who confiscated their possessions. During the 1947 UN debates, Arab leaders threatened the Jews living in their countries with expulsion and violence if partition were to occur. Egypt's delegate told the General Assembly: “The lives of one million Jews in Muslim countries would be jeopardized by partition.“ Following the 1947 United Nations vote to partition Palestine, Arab violence against Jews erupted throughout the Middle East and North Africa. (complete article)
Here we are over sixty years later.  Billions of dollars and innumerable man-hours have been spent trying to coach the Arabs into some semblance of government. The UNRWA refugee camps are thriving, because, unlike similar places in other societies, the residents prefer living there in perpetuity than making productive independent lives.  They have created a culture of terrorism unlike any other place in the world and any other time in history.

This is a classic case of throwing good money after bad.  When will the world, including too many Jews and Israelis, wise up and just stop supporting this dangerous wasteful policy/ideology.  Treat, punish the terrorists as is done in the rest of the world.  For the sake of true World Peace, there must be a total policy change.  Otherwise, things will only get worse.


Leah, Maaleh Adumim said...

Shmuel Katz points out, in his book "Battleground", that while that arabs variously claim 700,000 to 900,000 "palestinian refugees", the actual census statistics of arabs in Israel before and after Israel's independence shows that only around 400,000 arabs left their homes.

however, when the UN started to set up "refugee camps" with soup kitchens and other handouts, the "refugees" were joined by local poor arabs who came for the handout. this was recognized by the UN and Red Cross personnel who didn't want to turn away "hungry people" simply because they weren't really refugees. that is how the original number reached 700,000 or more.

and of course, since arab refugeeism is transmitted from generation to generation (unlike any other kind of refugees, where the 2nd and further generations are considered residents of the place where they were born), the number of "arab refugees" has easily reached gargantuan numbers.

Batya said...

Leah, another point that I had left out was that most of the Arabs are/were newcomers to the area. They arrived to take advantage of the economic upswing that Zionism brought.