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 »
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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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 »
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 »
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.
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Rabbi Moshe Azman, left, who initiated the Anatevka community, and Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine, Eliav Belotserkovsky, near Kiev – Photo: R.
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.’
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
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 »
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.’
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Canada has formally recognized the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab lands.
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).
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.
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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.
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
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 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 »
Irwin Cotler, a Canadian lawmaker has proposed a motion calling for formal gov’t recognition of Jewish refugees exiled from Arab countries since 1948.
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
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 »
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 »