Since Czechoslovakia has been brought up, I’d like to point out some things from the wiki bout Beneš decrees. These decrees were always controversial and were tackled by Constitutional Court of Czech republic in 90s, considered legal. Quoting from the decision: “It must be stressed, that even as regards persons of German nationality, there was no presumption of “guilt”, but a presumption of “responsibility”. The category of “responsibility” aims clearly beyond the boundaries of “guilt” and therefore it has much larger, value-wise, social, historical as well as legal extent. (…) Here the question must be raised, whether only the figureheads of the Nazi regime or also those who had profited, fulfilled their orders and did not resist them, are responsible for the gas chambers, concentration camps, mass exterminations, humiliation and de-humanization of millions. (…) Together with the other European states and their governments, unable and unwilling to counter Nazi expansion from the very start, also the German nation is in the first line responsible for the inception and development of Nazism, although there were many Germans who had actively and bravely apposed it.”
It was entirely different situation to Nakba. Confiscations according to Beneš decrees were punishments and reparations of costs rather than security concerns. Beneš decrees were supposed to be extended to Hungarian minority in Slovakia, too, but weren’t – the minority is still there and there are absolutely no security issues. It’s dishonest to claim that ethnic cleansing of Sudetendland solved some ethnic clashes – it solved none of the ethinc clashes, because there would have been no ethnic clashes there anyway. So can please Cohen stfu about security issues?
It’s dishonest to make this analogy with Nakba also because Germans in Czech lands were considered responsible for allowing brutal German occupation of Czech republic, which resulted in violent and murderous ethnic cleansing. Palestinians can only be found guilty of living in their territory. Incomparable stuff.
And even as far as punishment of Germans by Beneš decrees goes, Czechs are far from convinced about whether it was necessary, just or right. Personally, I think it wasn’t right and we shouldn’t have done that. In the last presidential elections, one of the two final candidates (Schwarzenberg – the loosing one, but only by small margin) said: “What we committed in 1945 would today be considered a grave violation of human rights, and the Czechoslovak government, along with President Beneš, would have found themselves in The Hague.”
How many leading Israeli politicians comment on Nakba in this way? I’d guess it’s somewhere between zero and null.