A false comparison.

Author:Kimmel, Sheldon
Position:NAKBA VS. HOLOCAUST - Letter to the editor

Mohammed Dajani's column ("Challenging History's Taboos," July/August 2016) makes a false comparison of the Holocaust to the Nakba, the term it uses "to describe the loss of nation, state and national identity ... before and during the establishment of the State of Israel in 1947-48." In fact, World War I inflicted those losses throughout the Ottoman Empire. Despite the 1948 Arab League invasion, many ex-Ottomans stayed in the areas the UN partition had given to Israel. Israel then gave citizenship to those who cast their lot with it, regardless of their religion. The ex-Ottomans who chose to leave cast their lot with the countries that had been...

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