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Friday, May 13, 2005

A trumped up card

There is an article on the Jewish so-called refugees from Arab countries. It's worth checking it out. Here's why:

"In Iraq, Jews owned 100,000 square kilometers of land. Israel itself is only 20,000 square kilometers. How much land could the Palestinians have left behind?"

No kidding???? 100,000 sq km??! Does the interviewee know how much of Iraq that is? 23%. So what "professor" Heskel Haddad is saying is that 150,000 Jews (source: Jewish Virtual Library), that's 3% of the population of Iraq in 1948, owned 23% of the country?

Now let's make some simple calculations. Let's take a hypothetical example: if Jews comprised 66% of the population (which is the % of Palestinians living in Palestine in 1947) and assuming that the same 3%:23% ratio is to be maintained, then the Jews would have owned... 506% of Iraq. Of course, we also have to keep in mind that if the Jewish population were as high as 66% the property-ownership rate might have dropped, but even if the numbers are lowered, Jews would still have ownership of pretty much the entire country. The numbers are therefore impossible. Yes many Iraqi Jews had succcessful businesses, but they were nowhere close to being, all of them, millionaires, which is what is required if we are to arrive at a 3%:23% population:ownership ratio.

"This is one of Israel's best trump cards, and it must not be wasted", concludes "professor" Haddad. My, my, and what a trumped up (sic) card it is!

Comments:
Very interesting article. You're right to call Haddad on his use of the "Jewish refugee problem" for propagandistic purposes. Interesting, too, that Israel did not want to acknowledge the existence of Jewish refugees - it contradicted the narrative of voluntary mass immigration.

Notwithstanding, Zionist sites now make enthusiastic use of the argument that we are entitled to disposses Palestinians from "our" land since we were disposessed from Arab land.

The premise is that an ethnic state is the best way to protect the rights of an ethnic minority.

I'd argue the opposite - that the best way to protect minority rights is to do away with ethnic and racial criteria for citizenship in any state, and allow people to live, prosper and practice whatever religion they want, werever they go.
 
I'd argue the opposite - that the best way to protect minority rights is to do away with ethnic and racial criteria for citizenship in any state, and allow people to live, prosper and practice whatever religion they want, werever they go.
I agree.

As for "Israel's" changing attitude towards the refugee status of Arab Jews / Jewish Arabs, it is yet another proof that "Israel" changes its positions on history as often as I change my t-shirt on a hot summer day (and I can say that I do change t-shirts a lot).
 
Yehouda Shenhav, an Israeli professor of Iraqi heritage, has done some very good analysis of this. You can find a number of his writings here:
Shenhav

I'd definitely recommend "Hitching a ride on the magic carpet' for a quick overview of the origins of WOJAC. And "It could hvae been paradise here" is a personal rumination on his own life as well as a discussion on the Zionist emissaries sent to recruit Jews from the Arab countries.
 
BTW, from what I've read, I believe that most of the Jews in Iraq lived in Bagdad, with another smaller population in another Iraqi city that I can't recall for sure, but may have been Basra.

So the idea that Iraqi Jews owned 23% of the land in Iraq is ridiculous on its face.
 
Thank you for the link and the reference material. I will check it out.
 
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