Israeli lawmakers are seeking a law that will make compensation for Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries after 1948 an integral part of any future peace negotiations.
… According to the international advocacy group, Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC), some 850,000 Jews were displaced from Arab countries after the State of Israel was established. These include Jews from Syria, Trans-Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.
Irwin Cotler helped to bring this law about:
â€œWe’re not just speaking about financial compensation or indemnification,â€ Cotler said. â€œWe’re talking about justice for Jews from Arab countries. This speaks to the question of, among other things, rectifying the justice and peace narrative of the last 62 years where the question of Jews from Arab countries has not been part of the narrative.â€
â€œThere have been more than 160 UN resolutions on the matter of refugees,â€ he continued. â€œAll 160 dealt with Palestinian refugees only. I’m not saying they shouldn’t address Palestinian refugees, but I’m saying there’s no justice and no truth if it does not also address the plight of Jews seeking justice from Arab countries.â€
It’s about time. How ridiculous is it that so many refugees have been forgotten while the Palestinian narrative has taken root everywhere. They deserve the same consideration as the Palestinians deserve. At least.