Palestine perspectives

August 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm 3 comments

What if Jews had followed

the Palestinian Path?

By Ralph Dobrin

Author of “How to Avoid Armageddon”

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The Wall Street Journal ran a fascinating article by Warren Kozak on June 20th 2011. He posits a comparison between Jewish attitudes and the generations’-long Arab perpetuation of their largely self-inflicted refugee tragedy (self-inflicted because they had initiated the war in 1947-49 with the purpose of destroying the Jewish entity in Palestine).

Kozak, who is the author of “LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay” (Regnery, 2009), writes that there were hundreds of thousands of Jewish Holocaust survivors living in refugee camps throughout Europe after the Second World War in 1945. Jewish and international relief organizations worked to rehabilitate them. Many made their way to Palestine where they built up their lives and contributed greatly to their new country. They were supported by Jews all over the world. Kozak points out that had the Jewish people acted in the same petulant, blame-everyone-else way that the Arabs of the world have, everything would look very different today.

He writes: “To begin with, the Jews would all still be living in these DP (displaced persons) camps, only now the camps would have become squalid ghettos throughout Europe. The refugees would continue to be fed and clothed by a committee similar to UNRWA – the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (paid for mostly by the United States since 1948). Blessed with one of the world’s highest birth rates, they would now number in the many millions. And 66 years later, new generations, fed on a mixture of hate and lies against the Europeans, would now seethe with anger.

Sometime in the early 1960s, the Jewish leadership of these refugee camps, having been trained in Moscow to wreak havoc on the West (as Yasser Arafat was) would have started to employ terrorism to shake down governments. Airplane hijackings in the 1970s would have been followed by passenger killings. There would have been attacks on high- profile targets as well – say, the German or Polish Olympic teams.

By the 1990s, the real mayhem would have begun. Raised on victimhood and used as cannon fodder by corrupt leaders, a generation of younger Jews would be blowing up buses and restaurants. Moreover, the billions of dollars extorted from various governments would not have gone to the inhabitants of the refugee camps. Most of the money would be in the Swiss bank accounts of the refugees’ famous and flamboyant leaders and their lackies.

So now it’s 2011, generations after the end of World War II, and there seems to be no end to the terrible, festering Jewish refugee problem throughout Europe. One awful aspect of this story would be the wasted lives of millions of human beings in the camps – entailing inventions not invented, illnesses not cured, high-tech startups not started up, symphonies and books not written – a real cultural and spiritual desert.

But … of course, none of this happened.

Instead, the Jewish refugees returned to their ancestral homeland. They left everything they had in Europe and turned their backs on the Continent – no “right of return” to their former homes requested from anyone. They simply returned to their ancient homeland and were welcomed by the 650,000 Jewish residents of Israel.

An additional 700,000 Jewish refugees flooded into the new state from Arab lands after they were summarily evicted. Again losing everything after generations in one place; again welcomed in their new home.
In Israel, they did it all the hard way. They built a new country from scratch with roads, housing and schools. They created agricultural collectives to feed their people. They created a successful economy – without any oil resources like the Arabs – and they built one of the world’s most vibrant democracies in a region sadly devoid of free thought.

Yes, the Israelis did all this with the financial assistance of Jews around the world and others who helped get them on their feet so they could take care of themselves. [It was simply the decent thing to do]. The erstwhile Jewish refugees weren’t ignored, or demeaned, or used as pawns for venal, cynical political schemes – as the Arab nations have so uniquely and shamefully done with their Palestinian brethren.

I imagine the argument will be made that while the Jews may have achieved all this, they did not have their land stolen from them. This is, of course, a canard, another blatant lie, as there had never been an independent Palestine ruled and run by Palestinian Arabs. Ever! Jews and Arabs lived in this area controlled first by the Turks and then by the British. The U.N. offered the two-state solution that we hear so much about in 1947. The problem then, and now, is that it was accepted by only one party, Israel. No doubt, the situation of Arab residents of the Middle East back then may have been difficult, but it is incomprehensible that their lot was worse than that of the Jews at the end of World War II.

We don’t hear about any of this because giving human beings hope and purpose doesn’t make great newspaper copy. Squalor, victimhood and terror are always look more fascinating in all forms of media. Perhaps in the end, the greatest Jews’ crime was that they quietly created something from nothing. And in the process, they transformed themselves.”

There’s a vital lesson here for the nations of the world and the Arabs everywhere. Especially the Arabs!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Batya  |  August 8, 2011 at 3:44 am

    The template for the British plan for the “mandate” was the India-Pakistan population change. But the Arabs weren’t interested in establishing a country. They just liked the free handouts.

  • 2. Frania  |  August 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    As quoted, International organizations formed the dp camps of Europe. It gave the survivors a place to live, medical care , any and all help that allowed these victims to have a semblance of a normal daily life. A kitchen to cook, a bed to sleep, a tablecloth where my mother could serve food and light her shabbos candles…something I could not understand and that she has done every Friday night and continues to this day to do. Men were so nervous and fighting …they had just lost their families , their entire cultures..but when they looked into our barracks window and saw the lit candles , the tablecloth, food like they had once known from home…they stopped fighting. My parents motioned them to come in and eat. They were suddenly calm, sitting at the little table in the brown wooden barracks that was now my parents only home. Clean, crisp tablecloth and they were mesmerized by the lit candles. It must have reminded them of BEFORE. The dp camps were needed as there was nowhere for these remnants . As in my family’s experience every generation of their family was destroyed.! This dp experience lasted long enough to catch their breath. Then people left the camps for various countries and for Israel. I remember them leaving.., waving goodbye.. on to their new lives. the international organizations did a humanitarian thing and it was not easy to put together a functioning camp with all the things needed. But they did and should be commended. But these dp camps were temporary .Other countries took in the refugees. That Is the wonder of the Palestinian refugee situation. no one stays on these camps.

  • 3. Michael Porter  |  September 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Mike September 6 (from Israel)
    A new way (for me) at looking at today’s problem. The Jews cared – those who could help, did (back in those days). So I ask, why don’t the Arab leaders care enough for their own people? The answer always seems to come back to leadership; many leaders have their own, selfish, motivations.
    I still believe that most Arabs (like the majority of people just about anywhere) want to live normal lives. Unfortunately their leaders use them (with some few exceptions) for their own purposes, and living normal lives becomes one of those things we the people can only dream about. There are such leaders today in our own (Israeli) political system, unfortunately.
    We the people have a hard job ahead of us.


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