click here to jump to start of article
  • Torah Reading: Naso
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​

The Truth about Refugees

Israel's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs explains the historical facts relating to the issue of refugees in the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

Click here if you are unable to view this video.

The video explains the reason there are still refugees after more than six decades is because of Arab leaders' recalcitrance to accept their brethren and the United Nations which created a separate agency with unique principles and criteria. The video also highlights the issue of the Jewish refugees who were forced out of their homes in the Arab world, and were subsequently absorbed by the State of Israel.

Give Tzedakah! Help create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.
The opinions expressed in the comment section are the personal views of the commenters. Comments are moderated, so please keep it civil.

Visitor Comments: 10

(9) Michael Shidler, December 18, 2011 1:28 AM

Multiplie comments beg the question - why Israel fails at P.R.?

I am biased but that aside, I continuously read about the inventions and scientific advance that come from Israel. With all that knowledge and intelligence, why does Israel seem to loose the come PR game? The only answer which I can find that makes any sense, given the high intelligence found there, is that when it comes to Israel, and more specifically the Jews, there is the age old "double standard" at play.

(8) Dvirah, December 13, 2011 4:58 PM

More on Refugees

Mr. Ayalon may correct me, but it is my understanding that in the early 1970's Israel built about 6-7 housing developments for the purpose of integrating the Palestinians from the refugee camps "captured" in 1967, which plan was foiled by Arafat & his PLO, who threatened to destroy the entire family of anyone moving into the new housing developments. These housing development stood empty until 1986, when the Israeli government opened them to anyone interested in buying a house or apartment, giving them the status of "developing city." These housing developments, intended originally for the Palestinian refugees, in fact constitute the nucleus of the new "settlements"; and this also explains why these so-called "settlements" are physically so close to the Palestinian refugee camps.

(7) Desmond, December 12, 2011 12:25 PM

Stunningly clear explanation

Very clear to those of us who already know these facts. Now they need to get the info out to "other"doubters and scoffers. Since the media will not show this, get it onto Youtube, Facebook and at least have it there until the lefties and Arabs get it removed.

(6) kate b, December 12, 2011 10:12 AM

It's up to us to share it on mainstream media/our govts, also

Its up to us to lobby the UK govt, Cameron/Foreign Office to remind him of this and how unfair it is. Also we must write to MPs and the British Foreign office and remind them of the initial, legally binding British Mandate for a national Jewish homeland to be RE-established in Israel - you can mention the Palestinian Symphony Orchestra - Palestinian POst (to be Jerusalem post), Palestinian Bank which were ALL Jewish and this was prior to 'Pals' nicking the word "Palestinian". Remember the Mandate was divided into yet another ARab nation (Jordan) and all Palestinians are Jordanians - as an aside: who is going to be responsible for the lie of removing Jordanian from their passports and putting in "Palestinian"? How long is this lie going to go on? You;d be surprised about how people can change their minds once faced with the naked truths about the "sacred covenants" of the mandates in which 'no land may be ceded' and that Israel, like all its surrounding Arab nations has an inalienable right to determine itself, civilly, relgiously and politically. Get your pen out/e-mail and don't shut up about it!

(5) dci33, December 11, 2011 8:58 PM

Moroccan Jews

To my knowledge Jews from Morocco were not forced to leave, they left Morocco from their own will but they couldn't take their money out of the country

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.

  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment