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The Arabs must prepare to pay compensation to Israel

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The Israeli government has put together a case for the Arab states and Iran to pay it $250 billion as compensation for the property of Jews who left their countries of birth and migrated to the Zionist state.

In principle, every person who owns land, a house or property and did not sell, but was forced to leave it behind, has the right to return to it or receive compensation in lieu of ownership; the choice should be the property owner’s. This is logical and fair and must apply to every human being wherever they live or come from.

The issue of Jewish migration from Arab countries to Israel is fundamentally different from the migration of European Jews, as all the Arab countries were under colonial control. Conspiracies were plotted against the Arab people, Palestine and its people, as well as the Jews who wanted to continue to live in the Arab countries where they were born. There was a shared interest between the Zionist movement and colonialism, and some Arab regimes. This resulted in relationships that were characterised by tension between Arabic-speaking Jews and their local communities during and after the waves of Jewish migration to Palestine; difficulties reached a climax with the 1948 Nakba and ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians from their land.

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The details are many and complex, but whether Jews emigrated from Arab countries out of fear, intimidation, suspicious bombings, incitement or harassment, or of their own free will due to financial and other inducements offered by Zionist organisations, this does not nullify the ownership of property of any human being. The property remains theirs as long as they inherited it or acquired it with their own money;........

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