(JTA News, 30 May): Resolutions introduced in the U.S. Congress call for any reference to Palestinian refugees to be matched by similar references to Jewish and other refugees.
The bipartisan resolutions, introduced May 25, were sponsored by four senators and four representatives, as well as Justice for Jews From Arab Countries, an organization that seeks rights for Jews displaced from Arab lands.
According to the organization, the number of Jewish refugees from Arab countries far surpasses the number of Palestinians who became refugees in 1948.
“This resolution urges the international community to place all refugees on equal footing when Middle East refugee matters are discussed,” said Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), one of the co-sponsors of the Senate resolution.
A similar resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives.