World Jewish Congress to UN: Set the Record Straight on Rights of Jewish Refugees of Arab Countries

Sep 21, 2012, 16:11 ET from World Jewish Congress

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Jewish Congress, the world's largest Jewish umbrella organization with nearly 100 affiliated Jewish communities around the world, today held an event at the United Nations, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, to set the record straight on the issue of the Jewish refugees from Arab countries.

Ronald S. Lauder, President, World Jewish Congress, said, "Israel's detractors have spent  decades infusing the courts of international public opinion with a one-sided history of the  Middle East refugee problem. This will not bring justice or closure to this painful conflict. It is now time to set the historical, diplomatic, and legal record straight. Lasting peace can only be built on historical facts-- both the issues of the Jewish refugees and the Palestinian refugees must be addressed."

"It is time for the international community to recognize that with the birth of the Jewish state in 1948, Jews in Arab countries were persecuted, assaulted and forcibly exiled from their homes, personal and communal property confiscated and stolen. The world has long recognized the Palestinian refugee problem. After 60 years, the United Nations should finally recognize the 850,000 Jewish refugees who suffered during those times. The World Jewish Congress calls upon the Secretary General of the United Nations and all world leaders to acknowledge the truth, and place the plight of the Jewish refugees of Arab countries on the agenda together with the rights of all the refugees. Only addressing the historical facts can help bring about peace." said Lauder.

SOURCE World Jewish Congress