A century ago, the Jews were at least 10 per cent of the population of all mandated Palestine. The various Holy Land travel books by Christian theologians all state that Jews were in the majority in the towns of Jerusalem, Safed, Tiberius and even Hebron (until the 1929 massacre of the Jews by the Arabs).
Jewish immigration and the establishment of Tel Aviv in 1909 encouraged such enormous economic growth that Arabs also flocked to work in this part of Palestine. Why is Arab population movement considered to be legitimate and not Jewish?
Of Libya's 130,000 Jews, 121,512 came to Israel in 1948. Jewish refugees came from Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and other Arab states. They were not kept in squalid camps but were absorbed and granted full political status and religious freedom. Unfortunately, the Arab states did not do the same for their co-religionists.
M H Field
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