Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon tackles the palestinian refugee issue.
Brian of London adds: there is a very intersting turn of phrase in this video. At 1:15 Danny says:
“Over 850,000 Jews, from ancient Jewish communities predating Islam and the Arab occupation of the Middle East, were forced out of their homes”
This is, of course, completely true and completely at odds with all Islamic teaching. I’d say this is the strongest and most negative thing about Islam I’ve ever heard any official of the Israeli Government say. But you do have to know something about Islam to understand why.
He’s telling us two absolutely correct things that are completely and utterly denied, refuted and considered blasphemy by all significant schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
- Islam, carried by Arabs, conquered and occupied the previously non-Muslim and non-Arab middle east.
- Judaism’s claim on Israel is the strongest national claim still left in the whole of the middle east because Islam has erradicated by the force of its occupation, almost every other pre-Islamic national identity. Just try to visit independent Kurdistan or the national home of the Copts.
Update: and another thing! It’s worth noting that today Danny Ayalon is in Geneva and will be addressing the UNHCR. He’ll be specifically addressing issues he discusses in this video as to why the Palestinians, alone among refugees the world over, get their own completely ridiculous special agency: UNRWA. This whole effort is way above and beyond what we normally see from the Israeli Government. Excellent.