Monday, May 16, 2011

Danny Ayalon: Remember the 'real' Nakba

Kol hakavod to Danny Ayalon: once again the Israeli deputy foreign minister is speaking out, according to this Arutz Sheva report, on behalf of Jewish refugees - which some describe as the single most important issue on the Middle East peace agenda. But why is Ayalon ploughing a lonely furrow - why don't other Israel cabinet ministers speak out? Why is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remaining silent? (With thanks: Colin)

Arabs across Israel spent this weekend protesting the “nakba” – catastrophe, in Arabic – of the re-establishment of the State of Israel, the 63rd anniversary of which is May 15. Israel celebrates the event on its Hebrew date, which this year was early last week.

Nevertheless, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon issued a statement Sunday calling on the public to remember what he called the “real nakba” – that of Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

“Today, as the Palestinians and their supporters commemorate their so-called 'Nakba' it is imperative that the catastrophe that befell the Jews from Arab lands be remembered and recognized,” Ayalon said.

“While the Arabs in 1948 were involved in hostilities against the Jews, the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa were not present in any theatre of war, yet overnight their citizenship was revoked, their assets stolen and they were expelled or forced to flee,” he noted.

Ayalon said he is making the issue a central point within the Foreign Ministry and believes it should be added to any future negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

“In any future agreement with the Palestinians, the issue of the Jewish refugees should be recognized and those who fled, and their descendants, ought to receive redress,” Ayalon said.

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Sylvia said...

Are there any news of that presentation in London? How was it (I still think this commemoration shouldn't occur on the same day as the Palestinian Nakba)

bataween said...

It went well - lots of security at the hotel . Hopefully you'll be able to see a video of the actual event in the coming weeks.

jean said...

Great site, thanks


bataween said...

Good video, thanks Jean. I hadn't seen some of those pictures before.

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

I think that Ayalon should have added a mention of the nearly 1400 years of oppression of Jews in Arab/Muslim lands. The abuse that Jews underwent in those places in the 20th century, before and after the rise of the State of Israel, was preceded by centuries of exploitation as dhimmis. That too has to be brought to public knowledge.

As to Netanyahu, I am sure that he approves of what Ayalon says. As you know, he is under great pressure from enemies, at home and abroad, to bend, to be flexible, to admit Israeli/Jewish guilt for all the woes of the world, including global warming and ingrown toe nails. In view of Uzi Arad's public stance on this matter, I am sure that Netanyahu supports the cause. However, he probably wants the matter to become something that everybody is talking about before he says anything. That may be a mistake. He may be missing opportunities. But given the wide, pervasive [in some places] hatred for him, he may feel that if he brings up the matter, it will be used to discredit the cause. That is, the BBC, for instance, and the so-called "Left" will paint the issue as another "right-wing" position that Netanyahu is using to avoid meeting the "palestinians'" "just demands."

We know that the BBC hates Israel as much as any Arab.

jean said...

Wish i was there

let me know if i can be of any help