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House Resolution on Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries


JANUARY 22, 2008


1) The Issue

For over 2,500 years, Jews in substantial numbers resided in areas that are today Arab countries (e.g. Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, etc.) - fully 1,000 years before the advent of Islam.

In 1948, the status of Jews in Arab countries worsened dramatically as many Arab countries declared war, or backed the war against Israel. In virtually every Arab country, Jews were uprooted from their homes and their individual and communal properties were seized and/or confiscated without any compensation provided.

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2) House Resolution on Jewish Refugees

House Resolution 185 calls attention to the fact that Jews living in Arab countries suffered human rights violations and were made refugees. This Resolution asks the President to ensure that in all international forums, when the issue of "Middle East refugees" is discussed, US representatives will ensure that any explicit reference to Palestinian refugees is matched by a similar explicit reference to Jewish and other refugees, as a matter of law and equity.

This bi-partisan effort is being spearheaded in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) along with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-NJ); and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY).

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