November 30 has been set aside, by the Israeli Knesset as Commemoration Day for Jewish Refugees from Middle East and North African Lands. It is important to note that the Jewish communities of the Arab world predated Islam and the Arab conquests of these lands by eons. Many of these communities in fact, dated back to Biblical times.
Here is a terrific article by Canadian and former MP Irwin Cotler on the subject:
Israel is observing the first annual National Day of Commemoration to mark the “exile and expulsion of Jews from Arab states and Iran.” The law establishing this commemorative day – adopted by the Knesset on June 23, 2014 – in part requires the Minister of Foreign Affairs to instruct Israel’s embassies abroad to “increase international awareness and recognition of the Jewish refugees from Arab states and Iran and their right to compensation…”
This commemorative day could not have been more timely and more necessary. For while it is a long-standing need – indeed imperative – to serve as reminder and remembrance of the pain and plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran – it also dovetails with – and must serve as a reminder for – the UN and the international community.
It is sometimes forgotten – and often not even known – that the UN partition resolution was the first-ever blueprint for a “two states for two peoples” solution. Regrettably, while Jewish leaders accepted the resolution, Arab and Palestinian leaders did not, and by their own acknowledgment, launched a war of aggression against the nascent Jewish state as well as a war against the Jewish nationals living in their respective countries.
Read the rest HERE.
Listen here to Lyn Julius, founder of the organization ‘Harif,’ the Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, explaining to VOI’s Eve Harow, why this region should not be historically referred to by Jews as Arab lands.
Go to the useful links page for Harif for more information.
Read the blog Point of No Return: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries, for more daily information about these Jewish refugees.