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News Bulletin (february 22nd, 2008)

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(Feb. 22, 2008) Increasingly, there appears to be growing acknowledgment in the Arab world about the unjust displacement of Jews (and Christians) from Arab countries.

In a recent article in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Saudi columnist Hussein Shubakshi admits that "Jews were expelled from the Arab countries" and that "the security apparatuses of several Arab governments ... came to regard the Jewish communities with suspicion, skepticism, and apprehension, and tormented them in order to force them to emigrate [from Arab countries]" (Article courtesy of MEMRI).

Within the last 3 years, references to Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries have appeared in the following Arab media:

Al Arabia (Bahrain)
Al-Ayat
Al-Haram (Egypt)
Al-Jazerra (Kuwait)
Atlasvista Maroc (Morocco)
Dar Al Hayat (Lebanon)
IDC Mideast News (United Arab Emirates)
Islam Online
Radio Free Iraq (Iraq)

Saudi Columnist Laments Expulsion of Christians from Arab Countries?

"The Arab East was [once] a paragon of peaceful coexistence between different religious groups. Abundant evidence of this model arrangement could be found in school classrooms, trading companies, and cultural projects. [This situation existed] until the Jews were expelled from the Arab countries for the first time, which took place in the wake of the declaration of the Zionist state. The response [to this declaration] by the security apparatuses of several Arab governments was inane, in that they came to regard the Jewish communities with suspicion, skepticism, and apprehension, and tormented them in order to force them to emigrate [from Arab countries]. Neither can the despicable activities of Zionist organizations be ignored - [activities] aimed at frightening the [Jewish] communities, thereby forcing them to emigrate to Israel.

"[Jewish emigration from Arab countries] had a significant negative impact on the material wellbeing of society, and on economic diversity, in the Arab world. It helped invalidate the claim that religious moderation, coexistence, and 'acceptance of the other' [prevailed in Arab countries].

"It is obvious that, today another wave of emigration is underway, and that the Arab world is being drained of its Christian residents. The rate of Christian emigration from Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Sudan, and Syria has reached astonishing proportions. Palestine in particular is facing a plan to eradicate the entire deeply-rooted Christian presence from all its territories. Christian Palestinian emigrants settle primarily in Chile, especially the capital Santiago, where the Palestinian Christian [community] now numbers 70,000. There is also a process of Christian migration from other Arab regions to Europe, Australia, the U.S., and Canada."

Today, Extremism "Has Become the Most Powerful Means of Expelling Christians from Their Arab Motherland"

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