The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TEL AVIV – The Israeli government is planning to seek some $250 billion in compensation from seven Arab countries for property left behind by Arab Jews who were forced to flee their homes in 1948 when European Jewish settlers announced the creation of their state in occupied Palestine.
The Israeli Minister for Social Equality, Gila Gamliel, said that “the time has come to correct the historic injustice” against Arab Jews in in several regional countries including Libya.
This compensation amounts to $250 billion, of which $15 billion is from Libya, according to an official Israeli report.
Before Wold War II, the Libyan Jewish population consisted mainly of 14,000 Jews living in Tripoli and 2,000 in Benghazi. These numbers has rapidly decreased following the colonization of Libya by the Fascist Italian regime and later following the occupation of Palestine and the rise of Arab-Israeli conflict.
The Israeli report predictably made no mention of compensating Palestinians who also had their properties stolen when they were forced to flee their homes after the arrival of European Jewish settlers in mandatory Palestine in the late 40s. Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank are still till this day being demolished or confiscated in order to be replaced by Jewish settlements.
The Israeli occupation and Jewish settlements are internationally condemned by many human rights groups, the United Nations and the European Union.