First reports are coming in of an important conference held today by Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon (pictured), on Jewish refugees from Arab countries.
According to a report of Reshet Bet of the Israel Broadcasting Corporation, Ayalon said that 850,000 dispossessed Jews from Arab countries must have justice. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs are hoping to run a publicity campaign to raise the issue of Jewish refugees and bring it to the international agenda.
To-date the issue of Jewish refugees has hardly been touched on, while the Palestinians enjoy permanent refugee status.
Mr Ayalon said that Arab League states need to assume their historic responsibility for creating both the Palestinian and the Jewish refugee problem. It is essential for the Jewish refugees to be part of the agenda in negotiations between Israel, the Palestinians and Arab states.