Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Stop press! Jewish 'Nakba' Day gets go-ahead (updated)

Point of No Return has just learned the great news that the Israeli calendar will have an official day to mark the tragedy of the expulsion of the Jews from Arab countries.

The Ministerial Committee on Ceremonies and Symbols in Israel, led by the Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov, approved a proposal yesterday to set a special day marking the Arab riots and expulsion of Jews from Arab countries.

The proposal for a special memorial day was made by the deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon (above).

Organisations representing Jews from Arab countries will be consulted in order to decide which date would be most appropriate.

Israel Hayom reports:

Boy from Iraq with a Torah scroll. [Illustrative]
Photo credit: Babylonian Heritage Center

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said a new memorial day would correct a historical injustice by finally recognizing the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees and victims who were persecuted and forced to leave their homes in Arabs countries.

The committee resolved to consult the government to determine how the day should be marked.

The recommended date for the commemoration is the day of the "Farhud," the large pogrom against the Jews of Baghdad in Iraq which fell on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot on June 1–2, 1941. During the pogrom, at least 170, and up to 780, Iraqi Jews were murdered.

On the new memorial day, students will learn about the 850,000 Jewish refugees who fled from their native Arab countries since the establishment of the State of Israel.

Ayalon has previously said that "the Arab League should recognize the historical fault of Arab countries and these countries should bear responsibility for expelling the Jews and turning them into refugees."

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Anonymous said...

Date of UN vote 1947 when first set of Israel-related pogroms began in Aleppo and Aden.

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

It has to be marked on days when school is in session so that the kids can be taught some real history. The day before Shavuot could be OK. Or maybe the anniversary of the pogrom in Libya in 1945, etc.

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

mark it on the day before the eve of Shavuot since schools are usually closed the day before [eve] of a holiday.