Congressmen introduce Jewish refugees Act

 Big news from the US: four Congressmen have introduced a bill calling for an Arab-Israeli peace accord to address the issue of Jewish and other refugees from the Middle East. The bill also calls on the US President to account for progress on this issue. The bill takes a step further the 2008 Congressional resolution calling for the US government to place on an equal footing the rights of Jewish refugees and Palestinian refugees. (With thanks: JIMENA)


Ted Poe
Eliot Engel
 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Jerrold Nadler


WASHINGTON—Today, Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), and Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced the Displaced Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries and Iran Act,
requiring the President to report to Congress on federal actions to
ensure that any future Arab-Israeli peace accord will also address the
issue of Jewish and other refugees displaced from Arab countries and
Iran.

The Members issued the following joint statement:

“In 1948, all Arab countries opposed the creation of the State of
Israel, taking up arms against the newly established nation.  This war
dramatically changed the status of Jews and Jewish communities, which
had existed in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region for
more than 2,500 years.  The Arab governments subjected hundreds of
thousands of Jews to displacement, political marginalization, or
property confiscation with no compensation. Given the United States’
central role in promoting a just Middle East peace, we must ensure that
refugees of Arab countries and Iran are given equal attention. The Displaced Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries and Iran Act
ensures that the interests of all refugees displaced as a result of the
Arab-Israeli conflict are fairly considered in any final settlement of
Arab-Israeli peace.”

This bill builds on H.Res.185, which passed unanimously in 2008, by
requiring an annual report to Congress explaining what steps the
Executive Branch has taken to address the issue of displaced Jewish
refugees, detailing any assistance the United States has provided in
this effort, and offering recommendations as to what more can be done to
ensure that the interests of all refugees are considered as part of any
comprehensive and credible Arab-Israeli peace agreement.

Cosponsors
include Representatives Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Steve Chabot (R-OH),
Daniel Donovan JR. (R-NY), Alan Grayson (D-FL), Peter King (R-NY), Ted
Lieu (D-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Grace Meng (D-NY), Beto O’Rourke
(D-TX), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Debbie
Wasserman Shultz (D-FL). The bill is supported by B’nai B’rith
International and the American Jewish Committee.

Israel National News(with thanks: Gideon)

Times of Israel 

World Jewish Congress 

HaModia 

Sputnik  International

The Forward

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