Tag Archive for Jewish refugees

Jewish refugee rights is an unsolved human rights issue

The issue of Jewish refugee rights is not a spanner in the works. It remains a key, unresolved human rights issue.

Refael Bigio remembers the moment in 1962 that the regime of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser seized his family’s property. Police had cordoned off the Bigio bottling plant at 14 Aswan Street in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. A policeman barked at Bigio and his father: “Hand over the keys!”

The Forgotten Million Jewish Refugees Expelled from Arab countries

The Forgotten Million Jewish Refugees Expelled from Arab countries

The nightmare of dispossession that was destined to afflict some 870,000 Jews across the Arab world – forced out or expelled with just the shirts on their backs – had caught up with the Bigio family. Continue Reading »

It’s official: Israel will pursue justice for the modern-day Exodus

“We believe that settling the refugee problems on both sides —the  Arab and the Jewish side — is the only way to really bring about a durable, comprehensive and lasting peace. Peace that will be built on truth and justice for all.” – Danny Ayalon

Justice for Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim countries has at long last become official Israeli government policy. It has taken more than sixty years, but here at Harif, the UK Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, we are celebrating this momentous event.

No amount of grassroots campaigning could work without the official support of the Israeli government.

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Foreign Ministry Seeking Justice for Jewish Refugees

Israel says its time the Arab League accepted historic responsibility for the injustice done to 850,000 Jews its members robbed, expelled.

Israel’s foreign ministry on Tuesday announced it will launch an international awareness campaign highlighting the historic injustice done to Jews from Arab countries.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon - IDC Herzliya

Following the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948 numerous Arab countries expelled their Jewish citizens and seized their assets – forcing them to become refugees in Israel.

Foreign ministry officials note that 850,000 Jewish refugees lost billions of dollars in assets and were forced to begin anew in Israel with only what they could carry on their backs. Continue Reading »