Saturday, March 22, 2008

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

Late last month the United States Congress recognised the suffering and terrible injustices visited upon the Jewish refugees of the Middle East.

Jews and Jewish communities existed throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region for centuries and although they were rarely accorded equal rights by their hosts, they generally lived peacefully until the rise of Arab nationalism saw the emergence of a widespread pattern of persecution and the mass violations of the human rights of Jewish minorities.

With the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948, the status of Jews in these Arab countries deteriorated. Many were uprooted from their homes and others became "political hostages of the Arab-Israeli conflict." The end result is that only handful of more than 850,000 Jews resident in the Arab states at the turn of the 20th century remain there today. The great majority have been absorbed as citizens of Israel.

Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) who introduced the resolution in Congress, Jerrold Nadler said: "It is simply not right to recognize the rights of Palestinian refugees without recognizing the rights of Jewish refugees, who, in fact, outnumbered their Palestinian counterparts. By any definition, these displaced Jews are refugees, and we should recognize them as such."

The Resolutions are the strongest declarations adopted by the U.S. Congress, on the rights of Jewish and others refugees that were forced to flee Arab countries.

1 comment:

Sam said...

How strange it is that the US Congress recognises Jewish refugees from Arab countries but that Jews are too complacent (or ignorant?) to do the same. Certain Jews, in fact, are too busy demonstrating for Arab refugees to mention Jewish refugees. Why is that, I wonder?