Furthermore, that same week, left-wing Haaretz quoted one Ismail Fahr a-Din from the Golan Druse village of Majdal Shams claiming he remembered very clearly the Palestinian refugees arriving in that town (back then still under Syrian occupation). Only one itsy bitsy problem, though. Turns out, the “witness” is 57 years old and so, was born 6 years after Israel’s war of Independence.
More generally, I think that any time anyone suggests that we need to empathize with the “Nakba” of the “Palestinians” they should be directed to contemplating East Prussia.
East Prussia, where, in many ways, World War II began (in Hitler’s campaign for Danzig), was emptied out near the end of the war, with hundreds of thousands of Germans fleeing the approaching Red Army and the impending battles, and with hundreds of thousands more evicted after the Soviets pushed through East Prussia into Berlin. In all, 1.8 to 2.2 million East Prussians were driven out or fled. That is 4 times the number of “Palestinian refugees” from 1948-49. Parts of East Prussia were annexed by Russia, the rest being incorporated into Poland.
And what about mourning for their “catastrophe?” No one, not even the worst bleeding-heart in the West, has ever believed East Prussians deserve any sympathy or support or compensation for their “plight.” They were part of the German monstrosity that had launched the war, and they became refugees as a direct result of the crimes and aggressions of the German people, crimes they most enthusiastically endorsed and in which they participated. Exactly like the circumstances under which “Palestinian Arabs” became refugees as a result of launching a genocidal war of aggression and then losing.
Think the “Palestinians” deserve compassion? Not until the East Prussians are granted a “Right of Return.”
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