Israel will ask UN to recognize 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries
Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, announced a plan to advance a resolution recognizing Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran, aimed to undermine the proposed so-called Palestinian resolutions.
Danon will announce the resolution during a General Assembly discussion to mark 72 years since the 1947 partition plan that established the state of Israel.
“The international community, like so often, is comfortable focusing only on Palestinian refugees while erasing the story of hundreds of thousands of Jews from the history pages,” said Danon.
“But the State of Israel will give voice to the truth and correct the historical injustice by putting an end to the deafening silence on the part of the international community.”
Jews had lived in the Arab lands for thousands of years, and many of their communities preceded the advent of Islam. But in the 20th century, with the rise of Arab nationalism and the conflict in Israel, the new Arab regimes began a campaign of massive violations of the rights of their Jewish citizens. Arab states expropriated property of their native Jews, and denaturalized, expelled, arrested, tortured and murdered many of them.
The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people more than three thousand years ago, and from ancient times, centers of Jewish civilization were established in many parts of the adjacent regions. Significant Jewish communities existed throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Babylon, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen and the Gulf region for more than 2000 years, centuries before the advent of Islam and the Arab conquest.