They were more than a million Jews. Between 1946 and 1974, this million is the number of forgotten fugitives, expelled from the Arab world, and whom history would like to forget, while the victims themselves have hidden their fate under a veil of modesty. The Jews have been living in Arabic lands for thousands of years and seemed to accept their fate forever, some even considering their survival as a miracle.
But 1948, the beginning of their exodus, was also the birth of the State of Israel. And, while the Arab armies were preparing to invade the young refugee-country, while the survivors of the Shoah were piling up in dangerous boats to fulfill at last the return to the land of their dreams and their prayers, a few hundred thousand Arabs from Palestine were getting ready to flee their homes, convinced that they would return as winners and conquerors. However, they were soon going to fill up the refugee camps built on their brothersÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìà land, and ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å because of their refusal to integrate ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å pass their refugee status on to the next generations.
The Jews, on the other hand, did not get any special status. They had just returned to the Land of their Fathers. And if they came from Aden, Yemen, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia or Libya, if they had lost everything and sometimes even relatives, memories and cemeteries, it is in Israel and the West that they were ready to rebuild their lives ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å without ever asking for any compensation, any right to return, or even wishing that their story be told ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__
"Provocative films about the combat between Palestinian militants and Israeli army" ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å Greg Myre, The New York Times
"The most shocking moments of Rehov's films involve blatant Palestinian efforts to manipulate the media" ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å Hanna Brown, Jerusalem Post
"The information that Rehov does provide is based on interviewees who use bona fide images and documents to substantiate their claim" ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å Tamar Stenhal, Camera
"There is only one filmaker who has presented the truth in the matter of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and his nom de guerre is Pierre Rehov" ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å Phyllis Chesler, author of "The New Anti-Semitism"
"In his documentaries, Pierre Rehov demonstrates how our version of the middle east conflict has been corrupted by the Arab use of reporters as propagandists" - Jack Engelhard, author of "Indecent Proposal"
"Seeing Pierre Rehov's documentary film 'The Silent Exodus' about the expulsion and flight of a million Sephardi Jews helped me gain a better understanding of the tragedy of a community that was integral and fundamental to Arab society." ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´å Magdi Allam, Il Corriere Della Serra
About the Producer
Pierre Rehov is a French-Israeli documentary film producer and director, novelist, journalist and lawyer. Born of Jewish parents in Algeria, Rehov emigrated with his family to France at an early age to escape the growing Muslim anti-Semitism that would eventually morph into what is now popularly known as the ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇArab Spring.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« Motivated by the apparent staging and coverup of the killing of 12-year-old Palestinian Mohammed al-Dura in 2000, Rehov turned investigative reporter, researching and recording the inconsistencies turned up by his investigation. RehovÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìàs documentaries include ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇThe Trojan Horse,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« uncovering Yasser ArafatÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_Ì´åÇÌÎå«Ì´Ìàs true designs; ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇHoly Land: Christians in Peril,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« on why Bethlehem no longer is a Christian town; ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇThe Road to Jenin,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« exposing the Palestinian ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇmassacreÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« hoax; ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇSilent Exodus,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å« on the expulsion of a million Jews from Arab countries after 1948; and "The Path to Darkness," which documents the step-by-step religious brainwashing of candidates for suicide terrorism, with input from former World War II Japanese kamikazes.
- Actor: Pierre Rehov
- Director: Pierre Rehov
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: English (Unknown)
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Studio: SISU Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
- Run Time: 60 minutes
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