We Jews Never Looted (or Massacred)

In this article, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports on historian Adam Raz’s book Looting of Arab Property in the War of Independence in which he examined how Israeli soldiers and civilians looted the property of Arab families in 1948.

According to the Haaretz article, the looting involved the contents of tens of thousands of homes, stores and factories, of mechanical equipment, farm produce, cattle and more. Also included were pianos, books, clothing, jewelry, furniture, electrical appliances, engines and cars. Raz has left to others investigation of the fate of the land and buildings left behind by the 700,000 Arabs who fled or were expelled in the war. He focused on movable items that could be stuffed into bags or loaded onto vehicles.

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy wrote an editorial on the book and its findings, also published in Haaretz.

Raz is a historian at Akevot, the Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research. He has also written about a massacre of Palestinian people at Kafr Qasem, covered in this Haaretz article.

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