Saturday, January 09, 2010

Urgent appeal: include refugees outside Israel

An Israeli ministerial committee is to consider a bill for safeguarding the rights of Jewish refugees from Arab Countries tomorrow - Sunday 10 January 2010. There is a danger that the bill will exclude descendants and Jewish refugees living outside Israel. Please ACT NOW and write to the Israeli Minister of Justice asking that all Jewish refugees displaced from Arab Countries be included, and their descendants.

Stan Urman, chief executive of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC) has issued the following appeal:

"Please be advised that on this coming Sunday, January 10th, 2010, at 2 p.m. Israel time, the Israel's Governmental Committee for Legislation will be re-discussing the law for redress of Jews from Arab countries. As you may know, the impetus for this law was the adoption, by the US Congress, of a bill recognizing rights for Jewish refugees from Arab countries. While the Israeli Bill does indeed recognize rights for Jewish refugees, the law does not address the rights of those who currently live outside of Israel, or the descendants of those displaced persons.

"JJAC Israel has asked that the law be expanded to include all Jews displaced from Arab lands, including the ones who did not go to Israel. Also, JJAC has asked to follow the same international standard used for the Palestinians which include rights also for the families of the original refugees. We urge you to write to the office of the Chairman of the Committee by email or by fax and ask him to include in the bill all the Jews from Arab lands, regardless where they currently live, and to include rights for their families and children. Please do this immediately by motsei Shabbat the latest!"

Professor Yaacov Neeman
Minister of Justice
Chairman of the Governmental Committee for Legislation
State of Israel
Fax: 972-2-6285438

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