Jewish refugees left roughly $150 billion worth of goods, property in Arab nations

December 18, 2019 by JNS
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Jews who fled Arab countries in the years following the establishment of the State of Israel left behind approximately $150 billion worth of property, according to an Israeli government analysis obtained by Israel Hayom.

Iraqi Jews leaving Lod airport in Israel on their way to the Ma’abara transit camp, 1951. Source: Israel Government Press Office.

The report, which was completed with the help of the National Security Council, notes that Jews who were expelled or fled Arab nations in the late 1940s and ’50s left some $31.3 billion worth of property in Iran; $6.7 billion in Libya; $1.4 billion in Syria; $2.6 billion in Yemen; and $700 million in Yemen’s temporary capital of Aden.

The authors of the report said the numbers represent a “conservative” estimate not adjusted to reflect current inflation rates.

Methods used to compile data for the report remain classified; however, Israel Hayom reported that “the parameters examined in the report include rural and urban property, businesses’ value, loss of income and potential income, and loss of communal property, to name a few.”

Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel is expected to share the findings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the coming weeks.

In 2010, the Knesset passed a law requiring compensation for lost property to be part of any future peace deal signed between Israel and an Arab country.



One Response to “Jewish refugees left roughly $150 billion worth of goods, property in Arab nations”
  1. Morris Givner says:

    I never understood why Israel and the great Jewish legal minds around the world did not initiate a class action suit on behalf of all the expelled Jewish refugees from Arab lands since 1948.They should do it today and make their claims official at the UN and at The International Court of Justice at The Hague.The over 900,000 Jewish men,women and children who were injured,raped,spat upon,jailed,tortured,robbed and expelled from their countries of birth and who often had roots going back thousands of years and who preceded the Arabs by at least one thousand years are crying out today and from their graves for justice.

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