Israel Remembers Plight of Jews Who Fled Arab World


rivlinIsrael on Sunday marked the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab countries after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war with a state ceremony under a new law naming Nov. 30 as the anniversary of their plight.

Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC), an international umbrella group of Jewish community organizations, says 856,000 Jews from 10 Arab countries fled or were expelled in 1948 and after, while violent Arab riots left many Jews dead or injured.

“Nearly 800,000 came here” to Israel, said Meir Kahlon, chairman of the Central Organization for Jews from Arab Countries and Iran.

The day after the Nov. 29, 1947, UN resolution on the partition of Palestine, there was an immediate flare up of anti-Jewish action in Arab states, with the killing, persecution, humiliation, oppression and expulsion of Jews and the sequestration of Jewish property.

{ Israel News Bureau}