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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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