November 30, which was this week, was declared the day of remembrance for the banishment and expulsion of Jewish refugees from Arab countries: The Jewish Nakba. Aside from a conference at Bar-Ilan University, the subject echoed very faintly through Israel. Yet millions are spent to commemorate 'lying propaganda' that only serves to perpetuate the conflict - the 'Palestinian refugee narrative', laments Ben Dror Yemini in YNet News.
(With thanks: Eliyahu)
Part of our elite is busy with another Nakba, which they celebrate again and again: the Palestinian one. They even organized another festival of Nakba films, produced by organizations or people who nurture the fantasy that is the right of return.
When someone attempts to wonder out loud about this injustice, the crocodile tears appear, along with complaints of silencing voices and other assorted goods. Silencing voices? The Palestinian Nakba receives the greatest marketing, in Israel and around the world. The first half of the 20th century saw between 52 and 60 million people go through the experience of forced relocation, most of them in the 1940s after World War Two, for the purpose of building nations. Because that was the norm in those days. It went well with the right of self-determination.
And of all of the dozens of cases of population switches, only the Arabs, who later became the Palestinians, receive this grand commemoration. There are thousands of publications in their name and in their honor. Entire shelves in every university. Departments and cathedrals in almost every university in the world, all to celebrate and glorify their suffering and victimhood. And Israeli film festivals as well.
Nakba protesters. Only the Palestinian Nakba seems to ever get real attention (Photo: Muhammad Shinawi)
Who has heard of the population exchange between Poland and Ukraine? How many conferences and film festivals are there commemorating that event, which included 1.4 million refugees, and 100,000 deaths, along with pogroms and slaughters? There's something small, reduced, for those in the know, mostly those who speak the local languages in Poland and Ukraine.
Harvard, Princeton, and Berkeley don't hold special ceremonies with giant budgets, or any film festivals. Neither do they hold these for the Jews of Arab countries, who went through pogroms, and were expelled. Because the propagandists of the progressive forces, in Israel too, dedicate their vigor to only one Nakba. And they dare to complain of others silencing their voices.
These festivals aren't meant to help the Palestinians. They're meant to accomplish one thing only, which has become a worldwide trend of the progressive forces – bashing Israel. The Palestinians don't interest them at all. After all, the suffering of Palestinian refugees, in Lebanon for instance, has been going on for decades, and is horrifying. They suffer from real apartheid there: they can't build, can't take on certain occupations, there are limits in the jobs market and education world, and on and on. Has anyone heard of a conference for them? Of course not. It doesn't serve the anti-Israel campaign, so there's no need for it.
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