Palestinian Leader Erases Jewish History

September 3, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

Sometimes a few words explain a lot.

The other day, a Palestinian spokeswoman, Hanan Ashrawi, said something startling.

She claimed there were no Jewish refugees from Arab countries. Those who left, she said, did so voluntarily.

Totally untrue.

Facts are facts, Ms. Ashrawi.

There were once nearly a million Jews in Arab countries. Today, there’s barely a few thousand.

Why did they leave?

Above all, because, at best, they were third-class citizens; at worst, their lives were in danger.

My wife and her family were among the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees.

In the end, they were lucky – they got out of Libya safely. Others weren’t so fortunate.

Ashrawi seeks to erase this chapter in Jewish history.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas outrageously tries to deny any link between Jews and Jerusalem.

If peace is the Palestinian goal, what a reckless way to pursue it!

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