No. The Jews who were forced out of their homes by Arab governments, which then confiscated their property, were the victims of the same aggression carried out by the Arab states against the newly founded State of Israel. On May 15, 1948, five Arab armies invaded Israel with the intention of destroying it and murdering or expelling the Jewish population. Even before this, life for Jews in the Arab states became intolerable.

With the United Nations resolution on the partition of Palestine in 1947, riots broke out against numerous Jewish communities throughout the Arab world. Arab mobs attacked Jewish shops and homes; synagogues were burned and looted; hundreds of Jews were murdered in the streets, thousands were imprisoned in the subsequent months, movement was restricted and many Jews were deprived of their citizenship.[13]

Arab governments instituted a number of anti-Jewish actions: Jews suddenly lost their property; bank accounts belonging to them were frozen, and property – personal and communal – valued at billions in today’s dollars was gradually confiscated. Jews lost their means of survival; many became hostages in their own countries of origin. Remaining was becoming increasingly dangerous, and many were compelled to flee in large numbers because of these deteriorating conditions.[14]

As part of an overall Middle East peace accord, the Palestinians’ claims must be dealt with fairly and practically and on an equal footing with the Middle Eastern and North African Jews within the framework of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian leadership as part of a peace process resulting in a final settlement and an end to any further claims.