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“THE FORGOTTEN REFUGEES” The Jews who lived in Middle Eastern and North African countries

The victory of the Jews in 1948 who lived in the area called Palestine (so named by the Romans in 70 C.E.)  to form the land of Israel was completely unexpected, especially by the Arabs. After all the world of European countries and the Arab world in the middle east had persecuted and dominated this small religious group for centuries. They slaughtered 1000`s leading to the monster called the “HOLOCAUST” When the United Nations gave a small part of this area to the Jews, who had lived there for 2000 years, the surrounding Arab countries felt they would throw them very quickly into the sea. They were proven wrong in five wars, and the reason was simple. The Jews had nowhere else to go. It was fight and win , or die. But this is not an article about Israeli Jews, it is about Jewish refugees.

Who is a refugee? A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. These people have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality and political opinion. Returning home is out of the question. When the Jews in Palestine won the first encounter in 1948 with the neighbouring Arab countries, their fellow Jews living as second class citizens (dhimmis)  in these same countries felt the absolute necessity to leave. They were not wanted anymore. The Jews left the following countries Algeria (140,000) Egypt (75,000) Iran (100,000) Iraq (150,000) Lebanon (20,000) Libya (38,000) Morocco (265,000) Syria (30,000) Tunisia (105,000) Yemen (55,000) for a total of 850,000 people . To-day in the same countries there are 16,000 Jews. The U.N. did nothing and the world`s countries did nothing . These Jews from Arab lands went to Israel and other countries throughout the world. They left everything they owned in these same Arab dominated countries and received no compensation. About the same number of Palestinian Arabs were dispersed in neighbouring countries most in refugee camps. Very few of them were accepted or became citizens of these Arab counties as being permanent refugees makes for good propaganda to fight the Jewish state.

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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.

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