Early Jewish settlers in Palestine “looted Arab property, a new book by an Israeli historian has said. In what has been described as the first-ever comprehensive study by Israeli historian Adam Raz.
He described “the extent to which Jews looted Arab property” during the Jewish gangs’ attack in 1948 on Palestinians and their homes, and explains why Ben-Gurion said most of the Jews are thieves.
Jewish soldiers and civilians looted Arab neighbors’ property en masse in 1948. The authorities turned a blind eye to let the carnage and ethnic cleansing go on?
The words “Most of the Jews are Thieves”, wasn’t uttered by an antisemitic leader, a Jew hater or a neo-Nazi, but by the founder of the State of Israel, two months after it was founded.
The Israeli authorities turned a blind eye and thus encouraged the looting, despite all the denunciations, the pretense and a few ridiculous fabricated trials.
The looting served a national purpose: to quickly complete the ethnic cleansing of most of the country of its Arabs, and to see to it that 700,000 refugees would never even imagine returning to their homes.
Even before Israel managed to destroy most of the houses, and wipe from the face of the earth more than 400 villages, came this mass looting to empty them out, so that the refugees would have no reason to return.
Senior writer at Haaretz, Gideon Levy also said that the looters were motivated not only by ugly greed to possess stolen property right after the war was over. In 2018 @ the UN, Israel was the most condemned country.
Property belonging in some cases to people who were their neighbors just the day before, and not only by the desire to get rich quick by looting household items and ornaments, some of them very costly, but they served, consciously or unconsciously, the ethnic purification project that Israel has tried in vain to deny all through the years.
But that was mini-looting compared to the institutionalized looting of property, houses, villages and entire cities, the looting of the land.
Denial and repression were part of the reasons why heads of Jewish community allowed the looting of Arab property in Palestine. Thirst for revenge and drunkenness with victory after the difficult war might perhaps explain, even partially, the participation of so many.
Levy said that the looting reflects not only momentary human weakness but is intended to serve a clear strategic goal – purifying the country of its inhabitants – words fail.
Anyone who believes that a solution will ever be found to the conflict without proper atonement and compensation for these acts, is living in an illusion.
They will never be able to see the villages of their ancestors: Israel demolished most of them, to leave not a shred, noting that one small stolen souvenir from the home that was lost might cause a tear to fall.
Middle Eastern Monitor / ABC Flash Point Zionist History News 2021.