Mideast: Israel launches campaign for deported Arab Jews

Recognition, compensation for Jews expelled from Arab countries

29 August, 19:49

(ANSAMed) - JERUSALEM, AUGUST 29 - The Israeli foreign ministry on Wednesday launched a campaign called I Am A Refugee, urging Israelis of Arab origin to tell their stories of deportation, Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported. The campaign is the brainchild of Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, who was born in Algeria and became a refugee in Israel. It urges citizens to upload their stories, in English, Hebrew, or Arab, on a Facebook page. The idea is to identify and compensate the refugees, as well as to put the issue on the international agenda. ''Approximately 856,000 Jews of Arab origin were expelled, or left their homes penniless, arriving in Israel as refugees,'' Ayalon explained on a Youtube video. ''Unfortunately their expulsion was never recognized by the international community, nor by any of Israel's governments.'' The campaign, which will last two years, includes a video titled The Truth About Refugees, which premiered in Geneva, at the UN High Commission for Refugees 60th anniversary. (ANSAMed).

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