This is good news about a situation that has been neglected for far too long. Due to either ignorance or from ideological differences, the issue of Jewish refugees –those who were forced to leave Arab lands in the wake of Israel’s victory in 1948– has never registered to high (or at all) in any of the international forums. That gross miscarriage of justice is now being addressed. I take note that of one of the sponsors of the resolution has a Finnish name, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). More here. *L* KGS
U.S. Congressional Resolutions
In a rare display of bi-partisanship, four Senators and four Congressmen, representing both political parties, have introduced landmark Resolutions on Middle East refugees that call attention to the fact that Jews living in Arab countries suffered human rights violations, were uprooted from their homes, and were made refugees. These Resolutions signify that “it would be inappropriate and unjust for the United States to recognize rights for Palestinian refugees without recognizing equal rights for former Jewish, Christian, and other refugees from Arab countries.”
Far-reaching and comprehensive, these Resolutions instruct the President to ensure that in all international forums, when the issue of “Middle East refugees” is discussed, representatives of the United States must ensure: “That any explicit reference to Palestinian refugees is matched by a similar explicit reference to Jewish and other refugees, as a matter of law and equity.”
This bi-partisan effort is being spearheaded in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) along with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-NJ); and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY). In the Senate, sponsors are Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ); Trent Lott (R-MS); Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN); and Sen. Richard Durbin. The Resolutions will be the strongest declarations adopted by the U.S. Congress, on the rights of Jewish and others refugees that were forced to flee Arab countries.