Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Jews from Arab countries: the forgotten refugees of 1948

Interesting article about Jewish Refugees from the Arab World found in an Jewish-Argentine Periodical: Iton Gadol News, the Jewish world in Spanish.

Jews from Arab countries: the forgotten refugees of 1948
Iton Gadol News – August 7, 2013

Itongadol. – The Google search for “1948 refugees” produces about 6 million results. Almost all (at least until page six) speak of Palestinian refugees, as if they were the only 1948 refugees. However, it is estimated that since the beginning of the 1948 war between Arabs and Israelis to the 1970s, about 1,000,000 Jews fled or were expelled from their ancestral homes in Muslim countries. 260,000 of these refugees came to Israel between 1948 and 1951 and comprised 56% of all immigration to the fledgling state.

While the facts are true, the presentation is a bit off. 1948 primarily saw Arabs being refugees. Most Jewish refugees came later.

Still, one can read the article. It is interesting. If you cannot read Spanish, a translation engine might help.

Argentina has a large and influential Jewish population.