Sunday, January 08, 2012

Lost Jewish assets: cock-up or conspiracy?

With thanks: Michelle; Yoram


The film 'Secrets of the lost assets', two years in the making, was finally seen by the Israeli public recently. The villains of the piece should have been the Arab governments who dispossessed their Jews of assets and property. But the film seems to reserve its strongest criticism for Israel itself, and accuses the Iraqi Zionist underground leader Mordechai Ben-Porat of suppressing important documentation relating to Jewish assets and taken out by the Americans after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

To the reputable columnist Ben-Dror Yemini (pictured), the issue is more cock-up than conspiracy, as he writes in his Maariv blog. (Forgive my imperfect translation from Hebrew.) It is unfair to turn on Ben-Porat, who fought long and hard the get the issue of the Jewish assets on the national agenda, he argues. The Palestinians have managed to hijack the argument, but recent efforts to highlight the issue of Jewish refugees make us none the wiser as to what the Israeli government's position really is.

Ben Dror Yemini writes:

"This week on satellite TV the documentary film Secrets of the lost assets by Inbal Petel and Emanuel Rosen was shown - about the systematic dispossession of Jews from Arab countries. The film includes a severe indictment against Israel, who ignored and did everything possible to keep the issue from the national agenda. Former minister Mordechai Ben - Porat was accused of 'conspiring' to suppress the issue.

"The film is important. The issue was neglected, and Israel ignoring it was criminal. To-date, no Israeli prime minister has put the issue of the dispossession and expulsion of Jews from Arab countries, the "Jewish Nakba", on the negotiating table. The only one who said the obvious things was actually former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

"One must congratulate Yes for making the film while treating with caution the allegations expressed in the film against the state and against Ben - Porat. Because it's mostly out of stupidity and opacity, and less out of malice. Although the country engaged over several decades in the registration of Jewish property, it did so slowly. The film reveals the many registration documents taken out by the Americans after the invasion of Iraq and some of them, it was claimed, were hidden by Ben-Porat. But there is more that does not appear in the film. Iraq accuses the U.S. of stealing documents, and requires their return. Also the name of Ben - Porat comes up in complaints from the Iraqi side. For decades Ben - Porat fought ignorance and tried to arouse public awareness of the issue. So from wronged accuser he turned defendant.

"The point is that the Palestinians have managed to invert the refugee problem and the central narrative of dispossession in any discussion about the conflict. But the vast majority of those who matter, and that includes the Israeli side, have ignored the issue of Jewish refugees. Only recently Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon produced a short video clip. It's a great clip, but it is not intended to clarify the Israeli position.

"There is a difference between Arab and Jewish refugees. Arabs, some of whom actually were dispossessed and deported, declared a war of annihilation against Israel. They are victims of Arab aggression and rejectionism. Jews in Arab countries, however, did not threaten or declare war on the Arabs. Therefore, the rights of refugees from Arab countries outweigh Arab refugee rights. It's not a matter of "narrative". This is solid historical fact."

Read blogpost in Hebrew


How much did the Jews lose?

How Arabs stole Jewish property

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Didn't I tell you before that ARabs and Palestinians have become pros of propaganda? and this article shows it is so. they now have people who studied in American universities and they were not dumb students. Everything they learned has turned to promoting their cause!
And people believe them. My own physiotherapist told me: the Israelis stole the Plestinian's land!
How about that? I had to give him a lesson in history . Did I convince him?
sultana latifa

Anonymous said...

OUT OF CONTEXT
Yesterday i learned about the Englishman who saved hundreds of Tchekoslovak (as it was then known) from the Nazis.
His name is NICOLAS WINTON and in 1939 he organised the escape of hundreds of Jewish children.
Today Nicolas is 102 years old and still very clear-minded and strong!
God bless him for what he did. He will be seated on the right hand of God (i hope).
sultana Latifa

bataween said...

Yes, Nicholas Winton is a great and brave man and may he live to 120.