by Dr. Gerhard Falk
from Egypt, the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery, is a
universal human theme. The Exodus is applicable to all who came from slavery to
freedom. The first Exodus was of course not the only one. Since then the
Children of Israel have been enslaved many times so that the very brutes who
forced us to abandon our homes again and again blamed the victims and spoke of
“the wandering Jew”, a myth of their own creation.
had no home for nearly two thousand years, Israel made itself independent of its
Arab-British oppressors in 1948. In that year, another great Jewish Exodus
occurred, leading to a large increase in the population of Israel and the
decimation of some of the oldest Jewish communities on earth.
lived in the countries now occupied by Arabs since the destruction of the first
Temple in 586 B.C.E. Yet, the descendants of these original inhabitants of so
many Middle Eastern lands were driven out of their ancestral homes by the
religious bigotry and racial animosity of the Arab invaders.
there were more than 900,000 Jews living in Arabic speaking countries. Today,
there are less than 8,000. Some Arab states like Libya are completely judenrein,
i.e., cleansed of Jews, as the Arabs' best friend, Hitler, liked to say.
600,000 of these Jews were absorbed by Israel. Another 300,000 went to Europe,
America or Australia. Evidently, then, the refugee problem in the Middle East
consists of the failure of the Arab states to compensate these 900,000 for the
property they were forced to leave behind.
are Iraq, which once had a Jewish population of 90,000 and now only has les than
one hundred Jews left. A good number of Jews left Egypt in 1948. Egypt is the
country where Yasser Arafat was born (Arafat is an Egyptian. His real name is
Husseinei). There were 75,000 Jews in Egypt in 1948. Yet, in connection with the
Egyptian aggression of 1957, more than 22,200 Jews were forced to leave Egypt.
Today, the Jewish community in Egypt amounts to only 200. These Jews left assets
of $2.5 billion, for which they should now be compensated.
no Jews in Algeria today. That country is also Judenrein. In 1948 there
were 130,000 Jews in Algeria. In Morocco, which was the home of 286,000 Jews
before 1948, there are today only 5,800 Jews. Similar decimation occurred in
Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and other Arab states. The governments of the these
countries forcibly expelled all Jews, who then increased the Israeli population.
From the Arab point of view that was indeed as stupid a policy as the Arab
incitement of the Russian population against the Jews in that country. That
anti-Jewish campaign by the Arab agitators led to the arrival in Israel of over
a million Russian Jews. Many of the Jews were engineers and scientists of the
first order. This helped Israel a great deal. Now the Arabs are making life
miserable for the Jews of France and Belgium. There are over 600,000 Jews in
France. If the Arabs keep up their attacks on these European Jews then Israel
will again absorb a large contingent of Jews forced to flee France (and
exodus from the Arab lands was dramatic. Many Jews fled on foot while others
were rescued by “Operation Magic Carpet.” This consisted of bringing 45,000
Yemeni Jews to Israel by plane.
evident, therefore, that the “refugee problem” in Israel consists of the
failure of the Arabs to pay compensation to the one million Jews who were driven
out of their homelands by the Arab hate mongers.
say that Israel must accept one million so-called Arab “refugees”. The
purpose of that argument is of course the destruction of Israel. Unable to
defeat the Jews on the battlefield, the Arab cowards want to now destroy Israel
by means of a population “bomb” which will decimate the Jewish community.
mistreatment of Jews in Arab lands was universal. From the beginning of Islam in
622 C.E. Islam preached an anti-Jewish gospel. In 627 Mohammed's followers
killed 900 Jews in Arabia for the “sin” of refusing conversion to the new
religion. The Koran, the Scripture of the Moslems, includes these verses: (Sura
2:61) “They (the Jews) are consigned to humiliation and wretchedness. They
brought the wrath of God upon themselves etc.” In Sura 5:64 “the Jews” are
accused of corruption, in 5:76 “the Jews” are disobedient and in 21:9798 the
Jews are the enemies of Allah and the angels. Jews, throughout Moslem history,
had to pay a special tax. Jews were forbidden, on pain of death, to criticize
the Koran. This applied to Christians as well. Jews were forbidden to touch a
Moslem woman although Moslem men are allowed to deal with Jewish women. Jews
were always excluded from public office, were not allowed to ride horses or
camels, could not build a synagogue higher than a mosque, nor drink wine in
public. Jews were not allowed to pray, except at home, and Jews had to get off
the sidewalk if a Moslem passed by. A Jew could not testify in a Moslem court.
In addition, Jews and Christians had to wear distinctive clothes including a
yellow badge, an idea which was adopted by the Nazi brutes in the 1940’s.
persecutions, violence and murder were constant events in the lives of the
Jewish communities in Moslem lands. For example, in 1066 Arab mobs murdered
Joseph HaNagid, the most prominent member of the Granada Jewish community and
then slaughtered all 5,000 Jews in that city. In 1465 Arab mobs attacked the
Jews of Fez in Morocco, killing thousands. In the 12th century
similar murders of Jews took place in North Africa and as late as 1785 hundreds
of Jews were murdered in Libya. In 1805, 1830 and 1880 massacres of Jews
occurred in Marrakesh.
were burnt in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen for centuries. Repeatedly Jews were
forced to convert to Islam or face death. The Jews in all Arab countries lived
in ghettos (from get, a Hebrew word for divorce or separation). Jews in
Morocco were forced to walk barefoot as Moslem children were encouraged to throw
stones at Jews on the street. In the Ottoman Empire “ritual murder” was
attributed to Jews every year at Pesach. These horrors continued until the Jews
of Israel made themselves independent despite the United Nations and the Arab
do not fall for the propaganda that the trouble between Jews and Arabs was
caused by the establishment of Israel. Exactly the opposite. If
Israel did not exist, the Jews in Arab lands would still be in the ghetto, still
the butt of Moslem hatred.
In sum, we learn here that
the Exodus from Arab lands was as much a liberation from slavery as the first
Exodus. Let us, after the recent Pesach season, keep that in mind and stand up
for the rights of the Jews from Egypt and Jordan, from Iraq and Yemen, from
Syria and Iran from all those places who have not yet learned the lesson of
Leviticus 19:18 (Look it up).
Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications,
A New Look at the Supporting Generation (with Dr. Ursula A., Falk, 2002),
Ascent to Reason (2003).