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Jerusalem News-757
Date 13th April 2008, 8 Nissan 5768
1. Most Israelis Against Breaking of Passover Laws.
2. Germany tops global popularity poll
3. The Real Story of 1948: Jewish - not Arab - Refugees


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1. Most Israelis Against Breaking of Passover Laws.
Subject: Polls: 68.7%:27.5% Israelis oppose  sale of chametz inside stores on

Polls: 68.7%:27.5% Israelis oppose sale of chametz inside stores on Passover
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 11 April 2008
Telephone poll of a representative sample of adult Israelis (including
Arab Israelis) carried out by Shvakim Panorama for Israel Radio's Hakol
Diburim (It's All Talk) on 9 April 2008.

Do you support or oppose the sale of chametz on Passover inside "closed
places" (IMRA: a judge ruled that the restriction of the sale of chametz
only prohibits the sale of hametz on the street but does not prohibit the
sale of chametz inside stores and restaurants - "closed places").
Total: Support 27.5% Oppose 68.7% Other replies 3.8%
Secular: Support 48.1% Oppose 45.4% Other 6.5%
Traditional: Support 7.6% Oppose 90.6% Other 1.8%
Religious: Support 8.1% Oppose 91.9%

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730

2. Germany tops global popularity poll
Published: 3 Apr 08 08:55 CET

Not used to winning popularity contests, Germany has come out on top of a new survey of global attitudes to major nations by the BBC.

Germany was the most positively viewed nation, with 56 percent of those asked having a favourable opinion and 18 percent a negative one. It was the first time Germany was included in the survey. None of the countries surveyed had negative majority view towards Germany.

?Germany?s global image is the most positive of all countries evaluated in this survey. In 20 of the 22 tracking countries the most common view is that Germany?s influence in the world is ?mainly positive,?? the report said.

The most widespread positive views of Germany were amongst its European neighbours, including very large majorities in Italy (82 percent), Spain (77 percent), Portugal (76 percent), and France (74 percent). Significant numbers in Great Britain (62 percent) and Russia (61 percent) also held favourable views of Germany.

"We see these survey results as a clear indicator that the world sees Germany as an open and welcoming place for visitors and investors alike,? Todd Buell, a spokesman for business booster group Invest in Germany, told The Local.

Japan came in second in the survey with ratings of 56 percent positive and 21 percent negative.

The United States improved its ranking slightly from last year, but some 47 percent of those surveyed still said America had a negative influence on the world. Only 35 percent had a positive view.

The poll, which interviewed more than 17,000 people in 34 countries, is part of a regular survey by the BBC World Service. People were asked to measure the positive or negative influence of Brazil, Britain, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, the United States and the European Union.

3. The Real Story of 1948: Jewish - not Arab - Refugees
by Hillel Fendel

( Research by international economist Sidney Zabludoff shows that the Jewish refugees of 1948 suffered more and have been helped less than their Arab counterparts.

In a paper published by The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Zabludoff shows that many more Jews were forcibly displaced or expelled from their homes around the world than Arabs, that they lost significantly more property, and were helped over the years to a much smaller extent.

The number of Arabs displaced by the War of Independence in 1948 is estimated at 550,000, and another estimated 100,000 were displaced by the Six Day War in 1967. The number of Jews who were forced to move as a result of the Israeli-Arab conflict was between 850,000 and one million.

It is further estimated that the Jews, most of whom lived in cities, lost $700 million in lost and stolen property - worth some $6 billion in today's dollars.  The Arabs of 1948 and 1967, on the other hand, lost an estimated total of $450 million, or $3.9 billion in today's money. 

Zabludoff notes that the case of the Arab refugees is different than any other refugee crisis in world history, in that aid for their cause has never stopped, and has been ongoing for nearly 60 years.  UNRWA, the United Nations Relief Works Agency, has poured $13.7 billion dollars into the Arab refugee concentrations.  In addition, Arab and Western countries have given their own aid over the decades.

The Arabs have also done much better than the Jews in terms of repatriated assets. Israel returned more than 90% of blocked Arab bank accounts and most of the contents of safe deposit boxes, Zabludoff notes, while there have been only "a few cases where Jewish property was restored."

While many of the Arabs living in the Land of Israel left their homes voluntarily, goaded on by Arab promises that they would come back as victors and be able to displace the Jews, the Jews in Arab countries were generally expelled amidst violence, threats and confiscation of their property.

"Since 1920," Zabludoff writes, " all other major refugee crises involving the exchange of religious or ethnic populations, while creating hardships, were dealt with in a single generation. Meanwhile, issues such as the 'right of return' and compensation never were adequately resolved and were largely forgotten. The same pattern evolved for Jews who fled Middle Eastern and North African countries, even though their number was some 50 percent larger than Palestinian refugees and the difference in individual assets lost was even greater."

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