Tag Archive for Jewish refugees

Exiled Jews from Arab countries call on UN chief to recognize their plight

In a plea sent to U.N. Secretary-General Guterres, Jewish community representative suggests U.N. should strive for justice for all refugees, including the recognition of some 850,000 Jews expelled from Arab states and Iran.

By Ariel Kahana


Seventy years after the exodus and expulsion of some 850,000 Jews from Arab states and Iran, the heads of communities of Jews from Arab countries are demanding the United Nations officially recognize the suffering they were forced to endure.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres‏. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, community leaders, among them Dr. Shimon Ohayon, director of Bar-Ilan University’s Dahan Center and chairman of the Alliance of Moroccan Immigrants wrote, “While the U.N. Continue Reading »

NY’s Ocasio-Cortez rebuked for comparing illegal immigrants to Holocaust refugees

29 yr-old Democratic Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrogantly doubles down on Twitter comparing the illegal immigrants traveling through Mexico to Jewish Holocaust refugees, after South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (Rep) recommended she visit a Holocaust museum.

By David Rosenberg


Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to represent New York’s 14th congressional district in the US House of Representatives next January, doubled down on her comparison between Jewish Holocaust refugees fleeing genocide in Europe to illegal immigrants making their way towards the US in the so-called “migrant caravan”.

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The ‘lost deal’: US paid UNRWA in 1952 to end Arab refugee problem

REVEALED: US-Israel historian Kobby Barda has uncovered the ‘forgotten’ chapter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: US President Truman’s administration gave the Arab nations and Israel $1.5 billion [in today’s equivalency] to resolve the Middle East refugee problem. – But only Israel fulfilled its obligation.

By Eldad Beck


Kobby Barda couldn’t believe what he was seeing. While researching the establishment of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee under the auspices of the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa, Barda found his way to the personal archive of one Isaiah Leo “Si” Kenen, a Canadian-born lawyer, journalist and philanthropist who was one of the founders of the pro-Israel lobby. Continue Reading »

Last week Shanghai opened park honoring 20,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees


Life in Shanghai was marked by its own political tensions during the 1930’s & 1940’s, but the Chinese welcomed the Jewish refugees. “As bad as we had it, they had it worse. And they felt bad for us,” recalls Jerry Moses.

By Brian Schaefer


Beginning in 1938, as Jewish persecution by the Nazis went into high gear, approximately 20,000 Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, one of the few safe havens in the world that did not require a visa.

On Sunday, a Jewish Memorial Park was opened at the Fushouyuan cemetery in that city’s Qingpu district in their honor. Continue Reading »

New Ukrainian Jewish Refugee Center to Open Monday


Rabbi Moshe Azman to open Village “Anatevka” for some 100 Jewish refugees from the Ukrainian conflict, but ultimately slated to take in several hundred displaced Ukrainian Jews.

By Nitzi Yakov & Israel Hayom Staff


A ceremony marking the official opening of a village designed to provide emergency housing for Jewish refugees from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine is slated to take place on Monday.

The village, dubbed Anatevka after the fictitious village from “Fiddler on the Roof,” is the brainchild of Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Moshe Azman.

Rabbi Moshe Azman, left, who initiated the Anatevka community, and Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine, Eliav Belotserkovsky, near Kiev – Photo: R.

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Jewish Refugee Day Commemorates 850,000 Jews Exiled From Arab Lands

While the world extends disproportionate attention to the Arab displacement during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, the Jewish refugees that were forcefully banished from 10 countries are totally ignored by all, except the Jews.

By Israel Today Staff


On Sunday, November 30, Israel will commemorate the 850,000 Jews driven from their homes in neighboring Arab countries on the occasion of the Jewish state’s rebirth.

Aharon Aboudi grew up in Iraq, before his family was evicted and forced to build a new life in Israel – Screenshot

While the international community has numerous days and events marking the flight of hundreds of thousands of Arabs from the land during Israel’s War of Independence (there is even an official UN commemoration), the Jewish side of the equation is all but ignored.

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Canadian FM Baird: Jewish refugees need be considered into Mideast peace accord


Foreign Minister Baird stresses recognition of all the refugee populations, and that the 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries ‘does not diminish or compete with the situation of Palestinian refugees.’

By Ynetnews


Recognition of Jewish refugees from Arab states should be part of the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Wednesday.

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (R) greets his Canadian counterpart John Baird before their dinner in Jerusalem, Jan. 19, 2013. - Photo: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (R) greets his Canadian counterpart John Baird before their dinner in Jerusalem, Jan. 19, 2013. – Photo: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

On Wednesday, the Canadian House of Commons accepted a report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, that recommended the Canadian government officially recognize the experience of Jewish refugees from Arab states. Continue Reading »

Jewish refugees from Arab countries recognized by Canada


Canadian cabinet in Ottawa stressed the ‘recognition of the experiences of Jewish refugees does not diminish or compete with the situation of the Palestinian refugees.’




Canada has formally recognized the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

Jewish refugees from Iraq - Pavel Wolberg / Reproduction

Jewish refugees from Iraq. – Photo by Pavel Wolberg/Reproduction

On Monday, Ottawa accepted a report tabled last year that called on the federal government to “officially recognize the experience of Jewish refugees who were displaced from states in the Middle East and North Africa after 1948.”

The federal cabinet approved the report March 3, according to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

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Jews who were exiled from Arab nations see compensation as historic justice


Echoing the claims requested by many Sephardic Jews attempting to find balance between past grievances & future prospects, Minister Silvan Shalom said the matter of paying compensation to Jews from Arab countries who were forced to leave behind homes, lands, and businesses in 1948, ‘We should get what we deserve’.

By Itay Blumenthal


A prominent minister and senior politician of Sephardic descent praised Israel’s bid to achieve refugee status for Jews who fled their Arab nation homes on the eve of the State’s foundation, calling it a “rectification of an historic injustice,” echoing claims made other Sephardic Jews.

Cohen family on vacation in Ras al Bar, Egypt (Phot courtesy of the family)

Cohen family on vacation in Ras al Bar, Egypt – Photo: courtesy of the family

The Cohen family left behind a residential building in Cairo while the Kalif family were forced to abandon a number of apartments and stores which were later nationalized by the Iraqi government.

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UN hosts 1st conference on Jewish refugees exiled from Arab countries

Israel is compiling a list of assets left behind by Jewish refugees, minister Silvan Shalom tells U.N. conference, “We hear a lot about the plight of Arab refugees, but we do not hear a word about 900,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries,” 

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Canadian gov’t panel calls to recognize Jewish refugees exiled from Muslim countries


Parliamentary committee says Canadian gov’t should encourage fairness with all refugee populations being considered in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, not just the Arabs.



CHICAGO – A Canadian parliamentary committee has called upon Ottawa to recognize the Jewish refugees of the Arab-Israeli conflict, eliciting praise from the country’s Jewish community.

Jewish refugees from Yemen cross desert - Photo Courtesy: Israeli National Photo Archive

Jewish refugees from Yemen cross desert – Photo: Courtesy Israeli National Photo Archive

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development began studying the issue of Jewish refugees from Arabs lands in May and heard testimony from several Jewish advocacy organizations. Continue Reading »

The Forgotten Refugees of 1948: Jews Exiled From Muslim Lands



The int’l community as well as mainstream media gushes over refugees, except when those refugees happen to be Jewish.

By Noah Beck



June 20 was World Refugee Day, dedicated to nearly 60 million people worldwide who were forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution. One group of refugees rarely acknowledged is the Jews who were indigenous to Muslim lands but compelled to flee around the time when the State of Israel was established.

Jewish Refugees – Israel Today


A Google search for “1948 refugees” produces about 6 million results. All but a few (at least through page six) are about the Palestinian Arab refugees, as if they were the only refugees of 1948. Continue Reading »

Former Canadian Justice Minister Calls for Recognition of Jewish Refugees

Irwin Cotler, a Canadian lawmaker has proposed a motion calling for formal gov’t recognition of Jewish refugees exiled from Arab countries since 1948.

By Rachel Hirshfeld


A Canadian lawmaker has proposed a motion in the country’s Parliament calling for formal government recognition of some 850,000 Jews forcibly displaced from Arab lands since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

Jewish refugees from Yemen cross desert - Photo Courtesy: Israeli National Photo Archive

Jewish refugees from Yemen cross desert – Photo Courtesy: Israeli National Photo Archive

Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister, noted in his motion that by rejecting the United Nation’s partition plan of 1947-1948, Arab states had “launched their double aggression of a war against the nascent Jewish state and assaults on their own Jewish nationals, resulting in two refugee populations, Palestinian refugees and Jewish refugees from Arab countries.” Continue Reading »

Jewish documents were confiscated by Egyptian authorities

Egyptian security services reportedly seized about 1.7 million documents packed in 13 cartons detailing Egyptian Jews’ assets from  1940-1960’s.


Some 1.7 million documents – purportedly containing details about the assets of Egyptian Jews in the 1940s, 50s and 60s – were seized by Egyptian security services in recent days just before they were exported to Israel, according to several online newspapers.

Jewish refugees arrive in Palestine – Photo: REUTERS

A report in the Egyptian government- owned Al-Ahram daily newspaper holds that the “Jewish documents,” packed in 13 cartons, were confiscated by Egyptian authorities ahead of them being “smuggled” out of the country from Jordan. Continue Reading »

Audrey Russo’s The Invisible Refugees Of 1948

By Audrey Russo

The constant bombardment, via the media, of the so-called palestinian refugees is beyond an emetic. It’s been evident to those with ears to hear and eyes to see, that this manufactured problem was part of a grander machination by the Arab/Muslim nations. How can this be said with any integrity? When the facts are revealed…the dots will be connected.

And the true, yet oddly imperceptible…refugees will make the proper nexus…

Almost 1 million Jews lived in diverse Arab countries in 1945. The majority of those communities dated back to Biblical times.

From 1947-48, Jews in these countries were persecuted.

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