Nevertheless, they still have substantial claims against those countries which forced them to flee, often penniless, and these must be addressed in any comprehensive resolution of the refugee problem.
Throughout Arab lands, 1948 Jewish populations have been decreased to next to nothing. To where did these Jewish refugees vanish? The majority went to Israel, often living in tent camps for up to 12 years, just as the Palestinian refugees. However, they got citizenship in Israel and did not remain permanent refugees.
Jewish refugees from Arab lands have received no compensation for expropriated property, while Arabs who lost property in Israel are eligible to file for compensation from Israel’s Custodian of Absentee Property.
Sources and additional reading on this topic:
The Refugee Issue
The Forgotten Refugees
History of the JDC
Who Were the 1948 Refugees?
The Jewish Dispossessed
The Jewish Refugees
Invisible Natives... and Occupied Lands
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