Friday, September 7, 2012

"I am a refugee" campaign puts Jewish refugees from Arab countries on world agenda

Many Jews who had lived for generations in Arab countries were driven from their homes as a result of antisemitism and anti-Jewish riots arter the declaration of the Jewish state. Between 1948 and 1952, 856,000 Jews from Arab countries became refugees.
"It is time to correct an historic justice and deal with the Jews who were forced out of Arab countries."
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching a new international campaign this week entitled "I am a refugee". The campaign, spearheaded by Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon, will be presented in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English. Its purpose: to increase international awareness of a little-known refugee group - Jewish refugees from Arab countries.

Many Jews who had lived for generations in Arab countries were driven from their homes as a result of antisemitism and anti-Jewish riots that broke out in the Arab countries following the declaration of the Jewish state. Between 1948 and 1952, 856,000 Jews from Arab countries became refugees.

The "I am a refugee" campaign is being conducted online and on Facebook. On the Facebook page can be found personal stories of Israelis from Arab countries who were expelled from their homes and their countries, but not before their property was confiscated and their rights were taken from them by the rulers. -- Deputy Foreign Minister's Bureau via Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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