MENA Jews urged to tell their stories to the UN

The US-based organisation JIMENA, which advocates for Jews from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has launched a drive to collect testimonies from individuals and groups in an effort to ensure that the UN does not ignore the experiences and human rights abuses suffered by MENA Jews. The initiative is being supported by HARIF,  the UK Association of Jews from the MENA.

Jews arriving from Yemen in Israel (Photo: Zoltan Kluger)

In May, 2021, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) created a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This ongoing, permanent commission will publish reports every June to the UNHCR in Geneva and every September to the UN General Assembly in New York. Numerous Jewish institutions, the Israeli government, members of congress and the Biden administration have accused the UNHCR of ongoing discrimination against Israel and there is heightened concern that the Commission’s report will refer to Israel as an “apartheid state.”

The Commission invites individuals, groups, and organizations to submit information and documentation relevant to its mandate. JIMENA states: “We, the descendants of the one million Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are committed to ensuring the stories of our parents and grandparents are no longer ignored or erased by the UN. As such, we demand that the UNHCR consider the human rights violations endured by Jewish refugees from Arab Countries and Iran whose descendants now comprise more than half of Israel’s Jewish population. Many of these descendants of Jewish refugees from MENA countries continue to endure antisemitic human right violations tied to Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations that target Israel and the Jewish people.”

Jews from the MENA and their families are urged to join the call to combat the revisionism and erasure of Jewish experiences at the UNHCR simply by filling out this form.

One Comment

  • MENA Jews want to tell their stories to the UN? THIS IS THE UN, GUYS!!! They don’t care about the jewish experience. Your just wasting your time. JIMENA is usually a very productive organization. This is not very productive.


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