Thursday, August 30, 2012

Jewish Refugees In Arab Lands: Talking Reparations

Israel-Arab Relations

In an article in the algemeiner, Israel is asking the United Nations to hold a summit on Jewish refugees from Arab lands whose properties were confiscated.
The summit’s main goal would be to address the issue of Jewish property rights, according to a report in Yedioth Ahronoth. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that between 1948 and 1951 about 850,000 Jews were expelled or forced out of Arab nations, losing an estimated $700 million in property ($6 billion today). Most of these refugees were absorbed by Israel, where today they comprise over half the population.
Such a move is long overdue by Israel. Whether it has any chance of seeing the light of day in the United Nations, which is generally hostile to Israel, will greatly depend on whether other nations support Israel's initiative.

You can read the rest of the article at [the algemeiner]