G.D. Lewit’s letter (March 2)  is a
nice piece of propaganda.
Arab leaders did not force Arab Jews to flee their Arab homelands. It is Israeli agents who resorted to terrorism to force them to flee.
One glaring example is what happened to Iraqi Jews, who trace their origin to the Babylonian captivity of the 6th century BC. In The Link, a publication by Americans for Middle East Understanding, Naeim Giladi, an Iraqi Jew, wrote that “on June 14, 1951, at 7pm, a grenade was thrown at a group of Jews outside the Masouda Shem-Tov Synagogue. The explosive struck a high-voltage cable, electrocuting three Jews... The grenades that killed and maimed Iraqi Jews and damaged their property were thrown by Zionist Jews.”
Wilbur Eveland, in his book, Ropes of Sand: America’s Failure in the Middle East, corroborated Giladi’s story: “In attempts to portray the Iraqis as anti-American and to terrorize the Jews, the Zionists planted bombs in the U.S. Information Service library and in synagogues. Soon leaflets began to appear urging Jews to flee to Israel.”
The irony is that some of the Iraqi Jews who became disabled as a result of the bombing, once in Israel, sued the Israeli government for damages. The government preferred to settle out of court.
Palestinians were forcibly driven out of their homeland where they wanted to stay whereas the Arab Jews where either attracted to Israel or fell victim of Israeli terrorism. To equate the Palestinians with the Arab Jews, as Mr. Lewit did, is disingenuous.]
March 7, 2001