Analyses of lang purchases from 1880 to 1948 show that 73% of Jewish plots were purchases from large landowners, not poor fellahin."
--The Peel Commission (1937)
"In 1944, Jews paid between $1000 and $1100 per acre in Palestine, mostly for arid or semi-arid land; in the same year, rich black soil in Iowa was selling for about $110 per acre (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)"
--Land Ownership in Palestine, 1880-1948
--Survey of Palestine, 1946, British Mandate Government
Most Jews in Israel are from Arab countries, not Europe. So the issue of the injustice done TO the Jews of Arab countries BY Arabs is relevant, as are reparations. Not all Jews are white New Yorkers. 60% of Jews are not what you might call caucasian.
From the 1850's to 1948, 90% of the land Jews lived on was purchased at high prices from Arabs. The rest was uninhabited land and passed from the british government to the Israeli government, under international law.
In 1948, any arab that stayed in Israel became Israeli citizens with full rights to vote, form political parties, etc. Most fleed, anticipating that the arab armies would quickly defeat Israel, and they could return home, without being thought of as traitors. Now whose fault is it for leaving?
In 1948 at the creation of the State of Israel, Jews form all the Arab countries were forced out or harassed. The land lost by Jews who fled was estimated by the UN to be worth 10X's that of any property lost by Arabs who fled Israel in 1948. When will they be reimbursed?
In 1948 Jordan expanded its borders and stole the West Bank, a piece that was never part of its borders. In 1967, Israel took it back as a buffer from the combined half a dozen Arab armies that were poised to attack the lone Jewish state. It was expected that Arab states would make peace and Israel would return the land within a few months. The Arab states refused to negotiate with Israel.
Copyright © 1994 by David Carasso.