Shimon Oyahon MK, proponent of the Law
A bill marking a national day to recall Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran today became law in the Israeli Knesset. Maariv reports:
The State of Israel will on 30 November every year mark a
national day to recall the departure and expulsion of Jews from Arab countries and
Iran, according to a bill proposed by MK Shimon Ohayon (Likud Beiteinu) and approved
this evening at its second and third readings in the Knesset plenum.
chairman of the Lobby for Jewish refugees from Arab countries, said:
"For many years, Israel ignored the history of Jews in Arab countries
and Iran, and has neglected the story. Today a historical injustice is being corrected. Starting this year, each child will learn and recognize that in Israel a tragic episode happened in Jewish history. "
said, "Too few people are aware of the issue in Israel and in the world
even less. Many are not aware that Jews suffered ethnically cleansing,
persecution and pogroms in the Arab world. Some 850 thousand Jews left behind
assets and considerable property - double the number of Palestinians who
left their homes in Israel by 1948. These
Jews were not involved in the conflict or war, and suffered only
because they were Jews. When talking about a peace agreement - an
important first step in the Arab world is that it should be taking responsibility
for what was done to these ancient Jewish communities. "
Read article in full (Hebrew)
The UK will mark Jewish Refugee Day too, by Michelle Huberman (Jewish News)