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Knesset Event Spotlights plight of Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The Knesset conference on Compensation for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries, hosted by MK Nissim Zeev (Shas), raised the profile of his cause and will lead to the creation of a Knesset caucus.

Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Vice Prime Minister Benny Begin, Israeli MKs, foreign leaders, and diaspora groups of Arab-country origins filled the Knesset’s Jerusalem Hall for a few hours to discuss their views and exchange ideas.

Speaker Rivlin said that a peace treaty with any of our neighbors will be impossible without the compensation of the Jews expelled during the Jewish-Arab wars. He said that the theft of Jewish money, property, and belongings can’t be tolerated and must be resolved in any signed agreement.

Vice Prime Minister Begin (Likud) used the occasion to slam Fatah. MK Lia Shemtov (Yisrael Beitenu -Y.B.) echoed Rivlin’s sentiments, saying there can be no peace with our neighbors without compensation for the Jewish refugees, adding that the compensation must be full and 100%.

MK Orly Levi-Abekasis (Y.B.) said that it is a humanitarian need to compensate Jewish refugees. She stressed that even in countries where Jews weren’t killed, all of their property was left behind. She added that many Jews died on the way to Israel and asked: ‘who will compensate their families?’ She charged that the plight of the Jewish refugees is never discussed and they currently have no rights. She concluded that justice requires us to compensate Jewish refugees for everything that was left behind.

MK Einat Wilf (Independence) said there are only 30,000 Arab refugees from the Jewish-Arab war, not 5 million, as the United Nations’ UNRWA claims. She said a baby born in Gaza is not a refugee. She stated the world only knows half of the story, noting there are Jewish refugees, not just Arab refugees, and stressing that any settlement must include compensation for both sides. She said there is an ethnic cleansing of Christian cities in Muslim countries because the Jewish cities were already cleansed sixty years ago. She concluded that any compensation must go both ways because there were victims on both sides of the Jewish-Arab war.

Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Fiorello Provera, Italy’s outgoing Interior Minister, and a Swedish parliament member were among the European dignitaries who spoke and supported the initiative.

Acre’s Arab Council Members Vote to Cut Soldiers’ Free Train Rides

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

MyNet reports today that following the decision by Israel Railways Authority to cut Sunday morning free rides for soldiers (who return to their bases en masse at that time), Acre Mayor Shimon Lankry proposed purchasing tickets for the city’s soldiers on active duty. The result was a vote that exposed a new rift in Jewish-Arab relations in this mixed city.

The proposal split the body almost perfectly along ethnic lines, with most Jewish council members voting for it, and all the Arab members voting against.

Even Deputy Mayor Adham Jamal. who is both an Arab and a member of the Mayor’s ruling coalition, voted against his boss’s idea, arguing that it was nothing more than political posturing.

“The mayor did it to get headlines in order to get the votes of the soldiers and their parents,” he told MyNet.

Jewish businessman and city council member Shlomo Fedida also voted against the mayor’s proposal, arguing there was a safety reason behind the Railways Authority’s decision to cut down on the number of soldiers it transports Sunday mornings.

President Peres Condemns Jerusalem Mufti’s Incitement

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

President Shimon Peres has joined the chorus of voices condemning Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammed Hussein for glorifying the murder of Jews, and called on Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman to prosecute Hussein.

“The mufti’s words are dangerous and are likely to bring about an escalation in Jewish-Arab relations, thereby endangering lives,” Peres told Ne’eman.

Ne’eman said he would look into possible legal avenues for dealing with the matter.

Israel’s Fifth Column

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Which super idealists in Judea and Samaria would be willing to trade places with the Jews living in one of Israel’s mixed Jewish/Arab cities? I’m not just talking about Akko, Nazareth, Lod or Yaffo. I’m also talking about up-and-coming Israeli cities like Arad and Carmiel. How many idealistic settlers who have to put up with Arab violence on the roads of Judea and Samaria would be willing to be their neighbors in the same apartment building in one of the mixed cities on Israel’s periphery?


Nobody talks about the creeping Arab conquest inside the so-called Green Line. The people who determine our national agenda live in Israel’s center. They do not feel the harassment of the Bedouins in the Negev or the Arabs in Israel’s Triangle and Galilee. The news editors do not have to guard their sheep at night; the MKs do not have Arabs living across the hall; and the judge’s daughter has no problem going out at night. For all practical purposes, the people who determine what we are allowed or forbidden to talk about live on a different planet.


It is an open secret that the Arabs have been using the time-proven method of blockbusting to take over Jewish neighborhoods. The first apartment in a Jewish neighborhood in Ramle or Nahariyah will be bought by an Arab at an astronomic price – and a Jewish seller will always be found. After that the Jews flee, selling their apartments at any price. The only Jews left are the elderly and those who cannot afford to move elsewhere. And then I receive their letters: the old woman in Yaffo whose front yard has become the local garbage dump for the neighborhood Arabs; the Jew whose car was blocked by an Arab in the middle of Yaffo – and when complaining to a policeman, almost got himself arrested. After all, we all know that the Arabs are the masters of the Land. These and more examples are daily occurrences in Yaffo, just three minutes from Tel Aviv – the planet where the elites determine what we are allowed to talk about and what is forbidden.


Ben-Gurion & Co. established a state so that we could stop being different and start being normal. If only Jews can be Israelis, then we will never be normal. That is why the Israeli needs the Arab to also be an Israeli. The Arab will help him forget that he is a Jew.


It took a bit of time, but the Arabs eventually realized that they have an insurance policy worth gold. They understand that they hold the key to the Israeli dream of normalcy – that because of the Israeli internal psychosis, the Israelis need them. They realize that a pogrom of the 1929 variety is still unacceptable. But other than that – just about anything goes.


In Tel Aviv, they continue to dream the normalcy dream and to accuse anybody who dares to say that there is a problem of racism and incitement. No MK, not even from the Right, dares to broach the subject. And so, quietly and undisturbed, more than 60 percent of Israel’s sovereign territory has already been transferred to Arab hands – inside the Green Line! More than half the social security funds are transferred to pad the Arab population, whose hero was caught helping Hizbullah target Israeli cities in 2006 – and was, of course, released to Jordan. This population pays little taxes. Who wants to risk their lives to collect taxes? They build wherever they please, pollute wherever they please, burn whatever they please and, of course, they vote for the Knesset and have access to top government positions. We are busy fighting for Judea and Samaria, and yet we refuse to recognize the more immediate and dangerous front against the Arab fifth column inside 1967 Israel.


The reaction of Akko’s Jews to the Yom Kippur pogrom may not have looked very good on television, but it prevented similar riots from breaking out. No need to fret, though, as Israel’s media will hurry to remind the Arabs that the future of this land belongs to them. The people on the periphery will continue to pay the price, while the people on planet Tel Aviv will continue to condemn the racists and inciters.


The fundamental solution is leadership that is not looking for normalcy. The solution is leadership that emphasizes our Jewish identity. Paradoxically it is only when the Arabs understand that the Israelis do not need them to help them forget that they are Jews, that we will be able to live here in peace with non-Jews who unequivocally accept the fact that Israel is a Jewish state.


To learn more about Moshe Feiglin and Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) and their plan for Israel’s future, visit www.jewishisrael.org.

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