Audrey Russo’s The Invisible Refugees Of 1948

By Audrey Russo

The constant bombardment, via the media, of the so-called palestinian refugees is beyond an emetic. It’s been evident to those with ears to hear and eyes to see, that this manufactured problem was part of a grander machination by the Arab/Muslim nations. How can this be said with any integrity? When the facts are revealed…the dots will be connected.

And the true, yet oddly imperceptible…refugees will make the proper nexus…

Almost 1 million Jews lived in diverse Arab countries in 1945. The majority of those communities dated back to Biblical times.

From 1947-48, Jews in these countries were persecuted. Their property was confiscated, their bank accounts frozen. And there were several nations culpable…

The following countries violently exiled the Jews, stole their property and confiscated their wealth, upon the rebirth of Israel:

Arab Muslim nations: Aden, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, & Yemen.

The Invisible Refugees Of 1948 Photo credit:  Audrey RussoThe Invisible Refugees Of 1948 – Photo credit: Audrey Russo

Non-Arab Muslim nations: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, & Turkey.

• These Jews were never welcomed back into their countries
• Their property and wealth was never restored
• And their plight was never recognized by the world

Now, I’m going to shock you. There was a time when the NY Times actually respected truth…it was in 1948…

They published an article by Mallory Browne titled: JEWS IN GRAVE DANGER IN ALL MOSLEM LANDS Nine Hundred Thousand in Africa and Asia Face Wrath of Their Foes

The article revealed the hatred escalating toward innocent Jews in these countries. It shared about the memo of the World Jewish Congress that went into significant detail on this danger to Jews in Arab & Muslim lands. It even cited the text of a law drafted by the Political Committee of the Arab League which was intended to govern the legal status of Jewish residents in all Arab League countries.

Sounds similar to the Nazis?

It provided that beginning on an unnamed date all Jews would be considered “members of the Jewish minority state of Palestine.” Their bank accounts would be frozen and used to finance resistance to “Zionist ambitions in Palestine.” Jews believed to be active Zionists would be incarcerated and their assets confiscated.
Here is just a sampling of what transpired to create the TRUE refugees of 1948:

In Syria: A policy of economic discrimination was in effect against Jews. “Virtually all” Jewish civil servants in the employ of the Syrian Government had been discharged. Freedom of movement had been “practically abolished.” Special frontier posts had been established to control movements of Jews.

In Iraq: No Jew was permitted to leave the country unless he deposited $20,000 with the Government. No foreign Jew was allowed to enter Iraq even in transit.

In Yemen: Yemenite Jewry fled to Israel from what was described as “the worst aspect” of the Arab abuse of Jews, by historian S. D. Goitein. A Yemenite law pronounced that fatherless Jewish children under 13 yrs. would be taken from their mothers and raised in Muslim homes as Muslims.

“Children were torn away from their mothers,” as stated by Goitein. In spite of attempts by family and friends to adopt the children furtively, “very often the efforts . . . were not successful…. To my mind, this law, which was enforced with new vigor about fifty years ago, more than anything else impelled the Yemenite Jews to quit that country to which they were very much attached. … The result was that many families arrived in Israel with one or more of their children lost to them … some widows … [were] bereaved in this way of all their offspring, ” said Goitein.

Maltreatment was relentless and extreme. Stoning Jews, an “age-old” custom, according to “an old doctor of Muslim law,” was still a widespread tradition at the time of the 1948 flight…although the survivability through the centuries under Muslim domination frequently depended upon whether the rule was Turkish or Arab.

In Lebanon: Jews had been forced to contribute financially to the fight against the United Nations partition resolution. Acts of violence against Jews were openly admitted by the press, which accused Jews of “poisoning wells,” etc.

Sounds like the same accusations hurled at Jews today.

These are the invisible, yet not small in number, refugees that deserve the attention and respect they never received. These were imperceptible because they asked for nothing but peace. An enduring peace in their homeland.

A legitimate question: When will the sane of this world say: ENOUGH!? Enough hatred of the Jewish people!! When will lovers of truth say the time has arrived to embrace facts and put aside the paltering of politicos and putzes, and allow the Jewish State to live in peace?

For their entire existence, they have faced diabolical designs for their demise. Yet through it all, they have, by God’s grace, pressed on to bless the very people attempting to annihilate them.

Clearly, the blessing on Abraham in Genesis 12:3 remains in action…

In this world…Israel knows, as President Reagan knew unequivocally…(and as I end all my articles)…

The only way to live among monsters: Shalom through strength.

Shalom through strength…


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Audrey Russo is the Host of the weekly REELTalk Radio Show and the co-host of WOMANTalk Radio Show and handles Middle East Issues/National Security/Terrorism for their eZine. She has also been a frequent guest and guest co-host on Clash Radio with Doug Giles on the IRN Network.