A pro-Israel NGO, Human Rights Voices, has sent two million submissions to a UN human rights Commission investigating the ‘root causes’ of the Israel-Palestine conflict, nicknamed ‘Pillay’s pogrom’ after its chairman, Navi Pillay. They include examples of the persecution of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa and victims’ names from immigration lists by country at the Israel State Archives. JIMENA, HARIF and Justice for Jews from Arab Countries are among the organisations who made submissions on behalf of Jews from Arab countries. The Jerusalem Post has this report:
Prof. Anne Bayefsky of Touro College in New York, a human rights activist and critic of the UN, had both organizations she leads – Human Rights Voices and the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust – submit examples of the repression and discrimination against Jews in the Arab and Muslim world.
Bayefsky expressed certainty that the COI’s findings will be “an all-out offensive on a Jewish state from its Jewish essence to the necessities of its survival – economic well-being and the right of self-defense.”
Still, the organizations gathered names of specific victims, including hundreds of thousands of Holocaust victims and Jews who fled persecution and ethnic cleansing in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as a synopsis of tribulations of Jews in those regions.
They also wrote about the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini’s collaboration with the Nazis and his role in inciting mass violence against the Jewish people – such as in the 1941 Farhud pogrom in Iraq – as well as his impact on Palestinian society today.