Hamas says they're criminals, not refugees
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's campaign to have the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries treated equally with 'Palestinian refugees' has hit a raw spot. On Saturday, it was Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri's turn
to blast the campaign.
Following the special gathering at the UN before Israeli officials,
foreign diplomats, activists and journalists, to raise the issue of
Jewish refugees, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that
“those Jews are criminals rather than refugees."
He added: "Those Jews were not refugees as they claim. They were
actually responsible for the displacement of the Palestinian people
after they secretly migrated from Arab countries to Palestine before
they expelled the Palestinians from their lands to build a Jewish state
at their expense.”
Speaking on behalf of the movement, Zuhri
commented that it is the fault of the Jewish refugees from Arab lands
who "turned the Palestinian people into refugees", Ma'an reported.
on the conference, he said: "The Hamas movement views this conference
as a dangerous, unprecedented move which contributes to the
falsification of history and reversing of facts.”
said the timing of the campaign ahead of the gathering of the General
Assembly of the UN next week is not accidental. Palestinian politicians
like Hanan Ashrawi have argued that Jews
from Arab lands are not refugees at all and that, either way, Israel is
using their claims as a counter-balance to those of Palestinian
refugees against it.
She explained: “If Israel is their homeland,
then they are not ‘refugees;’ they are emigrants who returned either
voluntarily or due to a political decision.”
“Arab Jews were part
of the Arab region, but they began migrating to Israel after its
establishment,” she argued. “They did so in accordance with a
forethought plan by the Jewish Agency to bring Jews from all around the
world to build the State of Israel.”
Do I detect a note of panic? Heh.
Labels: Hamas, Jewish refugees