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Friday, June 20, 2003

Refugees... then and now

AS the UN prepares to focus on refugees for a day, it's an appropriate time to look at a group of refugees almost entirely ignored: Jewish refugees from 50+ years ago.

Did [the] “collusion” of Arab nations create a large but little-known refugee population of nearly 900,000 displaced Jews — more than the approximately 650,000 displaced Palestinians at the time?

That’s the conclusion by a coalition group called Justice for Jews from Arab Countries.

With support from major Jewish organizations, JJAC plans to unveil a major report on Monday arguing there was “a pattern of repressive measures” 50 years ago among a dozen Arab governments to forcibly drive out Jews from the lands they had lived in for thousands of years, even before the birth of Islam. read the rest...


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