Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Knesset passes Jewish refugees bill by 35 to 1

Israel's Knesset last night passed a landmark bill safeguarding the rights of Jewish refugees from Arab countries by 35 votes to one.

The law, proposed by MK Nissim Zev of Shas, requires the Israeli government to raise the issue of Jewish refugees when negotiating Arab demands. The Prime Minister will be responsible for raising the issue of Jewish refugees who fled their homes in Arab lands and Iran, including their right to compensation, in future peace negotiations.

According to Israel National News, the proposal passed an initial hearing in December but ran into opposition from the Justice Ministry. Jewish activists from Arab states were angry over the government's opposition, particularly in light of the fact that the United States Congress passed a similar measure in 2008. The U.S. decision requires American officials involved in Middle East peace talks to refer to the issue of Jewish refugees when the issue of Arab refugees is discussed.

The campaign for the rights of Jewish refugees in Israel will now promote amongst the Israeli public a website for the registration of property seized or lost in Arab countries. A film is in the pipeline, and a book published by Yale University Press about Jews under Islamic rule by Sir Martin Gilbert, the well-known British historian, is eagerly awaited in August.

Ynet News report

Israel National News

World Jewish Congress

Yeshiva World News


menashe said...


Anonymous said...

Alf alf mabrouk! Kol ha kavod! Finally a long overdue step in acknowledging the pain, suffering and loss of our families, who make up nearly half of Israel's population and who struggled greatly with our Jewish brethren from all over the world in building our Jewish homeland with our blood, sweat and tears. Hazaq u baroukh!
Ben Zakai

Anonymous said...

Such good news! my only question is, which MK voted against it? Someone should have to find a new job

bataween said...

It was an Arab MK who voted against. You'll find the details of the MKs who voted here

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

Here is a link to an article on Jewish property rights in Arab lands by Ambassador Zvi Gabai in Hebrew, from Yisrael HaYom of yesterday 2-23-2010. The article is entitled Tsedeq:Rekhusham shel haYehudim
צדק: רכושם של היהודים

This link is to a photographic reproduction of the newspaper. Click with the mouse at the top left of the screen in order to move from one page to the next.


Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

forgot to mention that the op ed column by Zvi Gabai is on page 29

bataween said...

thnaks for that Eliyahu