posted by Esther @ 9:26 AM
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Esther,I agree with you about Batya's post and I found it particularly interesting because my background is somewhat similar to hers because my great-grandparents came to this country in the late 19th century. But I would add that there's also a large segment of Israeli society (the Jews of Middle Eastern and North African origin) who don't really have a connection to the Holocaust. But, while they may not have been the victims of the sort of genocide that Hitler unleashed on the Jews of Europe, many of them suffered terrible persecution. The only difference is their oppressors were the Arabs and, as a result, there were nearly a million of them who became refugees. But, unfortunately, between the Eurocentric inclination of successive Israeli governments and all the attention the world has given to the perceived victimhood of Palestinian refugees, their story has received very little attention. And that's the reason why I think the the government of Israel should call a halt to the requisite pilgrimages to Yad Vashem and instead have visiting dignitaries meet with Israelis from Arab countries who are all too familiar with the enemy we're facing today.
Thanks for the tip Esther.Much appreciated.
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