Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Taking the refugee campaign to the UN

Together with other Jewish organizations, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) is today co-hosting  an event entitled ‘The Untold Story of 850,000 Refugees’ in New York. It's at 7:30 p.m at UN Headquarters (ECOSOC Chamber). The irony of such a venue should not escape those in the know. In January 1948, in that same chamber, the WJC challenged the Arab League on its 'charter of persecution' - a plan to oppress their Jewish citizens and steal their property. But the Council president, Charles Malik, used a procedural manoeuvre to avoid discussing the issue.

From a WJC press release:

The event is organized by Ambassador Ron Prosor and Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and comes on the heels of the first official commemoration in Israel on Sunday of the suffering of Jews who were expelled or forced to leave Arab and other Muslim countries in the wake of the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948.


WJC President Ronald S. Lauder will be among the keynote speakers at the UN event. Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water, Silvan Shalom, will be the guest of honor.

The program includes a special musical performance by Dudu Tassa and the Al Kuwaitis and a preview of the Israeli film ‘Farewell Baghdad’ which is based on the novel of Eli Amir, who was born and raised in Iraq. The film describes the life of the Jews of Iraq on the eve of the establishment of Israel.

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