Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cotler to Canada: recognise Jewish rights

 Irwin Cotler MP (left). Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

 There are few greater supporters of the rights of Jewish refugees from Arab countries than Irwin Cotler MP, whose motion for their formal recognition has just been introduced in the Canadian Parliament, according to the Jerusalem Post. There is a also  move afoot in the US Congress to make discussion of Jewish refugees mandatory.  (With thanks: Lisette, Michelle)

Canadian MP and former justice minister Irwin Cotler proposed a motion in the Canadian Parliament on Thursday for formal government recognition of 850,000 Jews “forcibly displaced and exiled from Arab countries since the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948.”

Cotler has played a prominent part in a campaign being led by Israel’s Foreign Ministry aimed at bringing international recognition to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled the Arab states due to state-sponsored persecution after the establishment of the Jewish state.

“The Arab countries rejected the United Nations Partition Resolution of 1947-1948, and launched their double aggression of a war against the nascent Jewish state and assaults on their own Jewish nationals, resulting in two refugee populations, Palestinian refugees and Jewish refugees from Arab countries,” Cotler said.

“The time has come to restore the pain and plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries to the international peace and justice narrative from which it has been eclipsed these past 60 years.”

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