The rights to compensation of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran, 22 February 2010
The purpose of this Law is to protect the rights to compensation of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran in the framework of peace negotiations in the Middle East.
In this Law --
"Refugee Jews from Arab countries and Iran" - who are any of the following:
(1) He is a citizen of Israel*, or lived there before the establishment of the state;
(2) He was a resident of Arab countries or Iran, and left mostly because he was persecuted on account of his Jewishness and his inability to defend himself against such persecution.
(3) He left property** he owned in his country of origin
**"Property" - land, assets, cash, rights, and other property seized by government order.
3. Negotiations to achieve peace
In negotiations to achieve peace in the Middle East, the government must include the issue of providing compensation for loss of property to Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran, including property owned by Jewish communities in these countries.
The Prime Minister is to be in charge of the implementation of this Law.
Speaker of the Knesset
* Although the Law applies only to Israeli citizens, a mechanism is being sought to cover Jewish refugees living outside Israel, similar to that for Holocaust survivors resident outside Israel.