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August 27, 2012 10:57 am

Israel Pushing for UN Summit on Jewish Refugees

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Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. Photo: wiki commons.

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has been pushing for the UN to hold a summit in September on the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries.

The summit’s main goal would be to address the issue of Jewish property rights, according to a report in Yedioth Ahronoth. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that between 1948 and 1951 about 850,000 Jews were expelled or forced out of Arab nations, losing an estimated $700 million in property ($6 billion today).  Most of these refugees were absorbed by Israel, where today they comprise over half the population.

A number of Arab news outlets have misrepresented this development, particularly in Egypt and Algeria. A headline in Egypt’s Al Youm al-Saba newspaper said, “Israel enlisting the world to recognize Egyptian Jews and Jews from Arab countries as ‘refugees’.” An Algerian newspaper said, “Israeli threats demanding that Algeria and the Arab nations compensate Jews have begun to sound serious.”

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  • Dr.ESLombard

    This is long,long over due. I have been doggedly pursuing this grave injustice for more than sixty years. It is an issue far more horrendous than that of the Palestinian Arabs who have 21 countries who could accept them. The ArabJews have only one and are owed by some estimates Arab lands four times the size of Israel. Most had lived in the Arab world for up to 2600 years. Many of the Palestinian Arabs arrived only after the British Mandate of 1917. Few of these Jewish refugees have ever been able to attain in Israel the status and afluence that their families had previously known. They arrived only to live in tents and to share for years the meager,austere diet available to all Israelis in the early days of the State. It is not too late to demand justice for Jews from Arab countries: JJAC. It should be a pre-condition for any Palestinian discussions.