Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Carter turns a blind eye to Jewish property rights

Some peace activists do more to prolong conflict than promote peace. Take ex-president Jimmy Carter, who champions the rights of a Palestinian family evicted from Jewish property in Jerusalem, but turns a blind eye to Jewish property rights across the Middle East. Read this scathing article by Maariv columnist Ben Dror-Yemeni: (with thanks: Linda)

"Immediately upon his return to the US, Carter published an article in the prestigious Washington Post. An invective against the State of Israel. Invective cannot rest on foundations of truth. It needs lies. Carter tells a few, for example, about the Hanoun family, "recently evicted from their home of 65 years." Really? In fact, the entire compound belongs to Jews, who were expelled from Jerusalem in the framework of the War of Independence. There is no argument about the Jewish ownership, which dates back to 1875. A Star of David is still to be found on one of the old stone structures at the site. The Hanoun family, by contrast, did not reach the place 65 years ago. If Carter would have checked, he would discover that this is a family of refugees from Haifa (Haifa's Arabs, by the way, were not expelled. They left voluntarily). They were moved into the structure, along with another family, in 1956, by the Jordanian authorities. The owners of the property sought to exercise their proprietary rights. There is not a word about this in Carter's article.

"And indeed, there are thousands of tenants, in Carter's state, in Atlanta, who were evicted from their homes because they could not make their mortgage payments. The rights of the Smith family, which was thrown onto the street in Atlanta, are much more established than the rights of the Hanoun family. But Carter is not looking for justice. He is looking for invective. And therefore, he presents his readers with a partial picture, replete with erroneous details, and conceals the fact that the eviction was carried out only after lengthy judicial proceedings, in which the proprietary rights were held up to detailed scrutiny. It is worthwhile to be precise. The Israeli court granted the families living in the compound the status of protected tenants. Moreover, some of the evicted families had the option of generous compensation even though they had no proprietary rights. But the families rejected every offered settlement and every legal defense, due to political pressure, and also received a political visit from Carter and his friends. Nobody offered compensation to the Smith family in Atlanta and Carter did not visit them.

"The criticism of eviction of the Hanoun family could be justified. Even if the eviction was legally justified – there is room for political criticism. And on the condition that if Carter seeks to deny the Jews' proprietary rights – he should also make it clear that the Palestinians have no right to claim abandoned property. In practice, the property that was expropriated and confiscated from Jews in Arab countries, as a result of legislation, pressure, persecution, flight and expulsion – is worth more than the property that was expropriated and confiscated from the Palestinians as a result of flight and expulsion. But there is a difference. The Palestinians underwent the experience of flight and expulsion following the declaration of a war of annihilation against the Jewish State, which had barely arisen. The Jews in Arab countries underwent a similar experience – of flight, expulsion and property expropriation – even though they had not declared war on the Arab countries. If so, whose rights are greater?

"Has Carter ever told the Palestinians this basic truth? The answer is well known. Like other "peace activists", he treat the Arabs in general, and the Palestinians in particular, like retarded children. They must not be told the truth. They must not be told that if there are rights – then both the Jews and the Arabs have them. And if not – then neither the Jews nor the Arabs have them. He does not tell them that during the 1940's, tens of millions of people underwent the harsh experience of population exchanges, and there is no reason why only the Palestinians should have "the right of return." He does not tell them that more Jews fled, and were expelled from, Arab countries than Palestinians who were expelled from or fled Israel."

Read article in full

Jewish ownership in Arab areas


Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

What people outside the USA may not know about Carter is that he comes from a family of KuKluxKansmen. His mother was an avid reader of Tom Watson's weekly racist, populist paper called

"The Weekly Jeffersonian." Watson's agitation helped to incite the white mob that lynched Leo Frank in 1914 on false charges of murdering a white maiden.

Carter used racism to win the Democratic primary election in Pennsylvania in 1976, against Henry Jackson, which is what gave him the Democratic nomination. Next, unfortunately, he became president.
See link:

The house in question is on the Shimon haTsadiq plot of land purchased jointly back about 1880 by the committees of the Sefardic and Ashkenazic communities in Jerusalem. See link for a photo:

Very small houses for poor Jews were built on the plot, which also contains, of course, the Tomb of Simon the Just [Shimon haTsadiq]. The poor Jews living in those homes were driven out very early in Israel's War of Independence, in December 1947, although one family hung on for about 10 days more. Hence, these Jews of the Shim`on haTsadiq Quarter were the first people in the country who were driven from their homes [by Arab irregular forces led by the Husseinis] and could not go home after the war, whereas Jews in south Tel Aviv, driven out by Arab sniper fire from mosque minarets in Jaffa/Yafo, could go home after the war.

Now, not all of the plot was built up. The house from which Arabs were evicted a month or so ago was built by Arabs with Jordanian govt authorization about 1955-56 along with other houses still inhabited by Arabs. The older homes on the plot, originally inhabited by Jews, were also given to Arabs to live in by the Jordanian govt.

According to some Israeli press reports [in the JPost? by Dan Izenberg?], some children of the family had bought houses elsewhere in the city and have been living in them.

The real scandal here is that the Jews living here, in Shim`on haTsadiq, were the first people in the country driven out of their homes in the war who could not go home after the war. And nobody talks about it, not the British who facilitated the expulsion of the Jews from Shim`on haTsadiq, not the State Dept or the White House who are blatantly hostile to Jews and cling to their lies about Jewish and Israeli history, not the Arabs of course, nor the Israel govt, nor the so-called "new historians" who claim to bring out forgotten truths.

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

This post linked to below has more on the Shim`on haTsadiq Quarter and the adjacent Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Plus two photos.

However, the focus is on a German semi-official institution located in Sheikh Jarrah.