U.S. Congress recognizes Jewish refugees from Arab countries for first time
House approves resolution granting recognition to Jews who fled Arab countries following birth of Israel.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved an unprecedented resolution recognizing Jewish refugees from Arab countries who were forced to flee their homes in the aftermath of the creation of the state of Israel.
According to the language of the resolution, U.S. officials involved in Middle East peace negotiations which also reference the Palestinian refugee question are to "also include a similarly explicit reference to the resolution of the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries."
"The world needs to understand that it is not just the Arabs and it's not just the Palestinians in the Middle East, but also Jewish people who themselves were dispossessed of their possessions and their homes, and were victims of terrorist acts," one of the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) said.
"Jewish refugees outnumbered Palestinian refugees, and their forced exile from Arab lands must not be omitted from public discussion on the peace process," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
Another co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.), said the United Nations' unwillingness to acknowledge the plight of Jewish refugees "is completely unacceptable and long over due, and this is one of the things this resolution seeks to address."