After reading allegations that Russian troops had looted Ukrainian homes and were selling their goods in a yard sale, Hon. Bob Rae, Canada’s Ambassador to the UN, was shocked. “What kind of a country even does this?”, he tweeted. Fortunately, an Israeli organization which has been researching the Nakba provides the answer. According to an Akevot Institute report, this is exactly what Jewish Israelis did in 1947/48. Read more….…
On April 2, Rae noticed a tweet by a Ukrainian reporter named Anastasiia Lapatina accusing Russian troops of stealing and reselling confiscated Ukrainian belongings.
“Russians opened a market in Belarus where they sell things they stole from Ukrainian homes, including dishwashers, bicycles, carpets, etc. All this is taken to Belarus in a centralized manner, via Russian trucks. Some things are also shipped to Russia. This is beyond me.” Lapatina tweeted.
If true, this certainly merits condemnation, although based on Lapatina’s long string of anti-Russian tweets, it would be wise to get some independent verification.
Verified or not, it was enough to make Rae go ballistic. “What kind of a country even does this?” wrote Rae, full of indignation.
To answer his pained question, Ambassador Rae needed to look no further than Ha’aretz, the Israeli daily, or to the Akevot Institute, an Israeli research organization.
A new book by Akevot Institute researcher Adam Raz, The Looting of Arab Property during the War of Independence, meticulously documents the mass looting of homes, shops, workshops and farms of the country’s Palestinian residents who were driven out during the Nakba. “Everything from refrigerators and caviar to champagne and carpets was stolen“, says Raz. (Note: Far exceeding any looting by individual Jewish fighters and civilians, the newly-formed Israeli government seized vast sums of commercial and industrial properties, bank accounts, homes, agricultural lands and equipment.)
Ambassador Rae says proudly he is a friend of Israel. He supports the Jewish National Fund and until recently was on the board of directors of Technion University of Haifa, which does a significant part of Israel’s military research. Before being named Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, he travelled regularly to Israel.
If Rae was unaware of this book or of the debate it generated in Israel, (Haaretz newspaper devoted a supplement to it, including an interview with the author), it would be surprising to say the least. CTIP encourages him to check it out.
If, on the other hand, Ambassador Rae WAS AWARE of the extensive looting of Palestinian goods by Jewish Zionists, his “moral outrage” over allegations of Russian troops doing exactly the same thing in Ukraine, should be taken with a grain of salt.
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