"Jews who fled Arab lands now press their cause" by Chronicle Staff Writer Jack Epstein, highlights the much overlooked plight of Jewish refugees from Arab lands. At a time when Palestinian activists are renewing their demand that Palestinian refugees and their descendants "return" to Israel — often a thinly veiled call for dissolution of the Jewish state — articles on the plight of Jewish refugees offer essential context and help provide balance to the media's general Mideast coverage.
An in-depth Web site feature often displayed with Middle East news stories on MSNBC.com includes sloppy errors and bias.
"The refugees feel as if they have been forgotten by the world," the Boston Globe's Jill Carroll says of Palestinian exiles fleeing Iraq ("Palestinian refugees struggle in Jordan," July 20). In fact, Palestinian refugees, by the international yardstick of the United Nations, hardly constitute a "forgotten" people.
Contrary to Elaine W. Shiber’s account of Israeli history, Israel has continuously pursued peace and has encountered Arab rejection and war. Like Americans, Israelis seek peace. Israelis, however, face a terrorist regime at their very doorstep. Tiny Israel, no larger than the state of New Jersey, is surrounded by 22 Arab nations that have launched four wars against it, in ‘48, ‘67, ‘73 and 2000.