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It's time to tell the world about the other 1948 refugees
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Date: Jul 16, 2003
Start Page: 07
Section: Opinion
Abstract (Document Summary)

The Israeli government has taken the first steps toward making a compensation claim against Iraq for the 123,000 Iraqi Jews who were expelled from that country following the creation of Israel in 1948. This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg, as between 1948 and 1960 some half a million Jews were forced to leave Arab and North African countries to come to Israel. Today the legal questions that surround these Jewish refugees have become central to the success of the road map and the wider Middle East negotiations.

Israel's reaction to the Orientals, while by no means perfect - there was initial widespread discrimination against this group from established Israelis - compared favorably with the reaction of Arab governments toward the Palestinians who sought refuge in their countries. Here the central aim of Arab regimes has been to stop the transit camps in which the Palestinians arrived from taking on the appearance of permanent towns. In this respect most of the camps were not allowed to develop the infrastructure needed for even the most basic comforts such as sewage systems and secure housing.

The question of cause is extremely important as it will have legal ramifications when it comes to eventually settling the Palestinian refugee crisis by means of compensating the refugees for loss of property. In democratic Israel the debate over blame for the Palestinian exodus has been raging since the release of official documents covering the period - Israel, unlike Arab states, opens its archives to researchers.

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