Today, Yasser Arafat argues for the “Right of Return” for Palestinian refugees,
many of which live, along with their descendents, still in squalid refugee camps under the Palestinian Authority. Arafat has negotiated for the right-of-return to former properties, and for compensation damages for these refugees. Yet, all the monies allotted on their behalf has been squandered by Arafat’s government. Contrastingly, there has been noreciprocal action on the behalf of Israeli refugees. The Arab nations confiscated all the properties of Jewish refugees which fled persecution in Arab lands.
Many of their communities dated back 2,500 years. Throughout 1947 and 1948 these Jews were persecuted. Their property and belongings were confiscated. There were anti-Jewish riots in Aden, Egypt, Lybia, Syria, and Iraq. In Iraq, Zionism was made a capital crime. Aproximately 600,000 Jews sought refuge in the State of Israel. They arrived destitute, but they were absorbed into the society and became an integral part of the state. In effect, then, a vertible exchange of populations took place between Arab and Jewish refugees. Thus the Jewish refugees became full Israeli citizens while the Arab refugees remained "refugees" according to the wishes of the Arab leaders.