Knesset considers memorial day for Arab Jewish refugees

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The Knesset Ministerial Committee for Legislation endorsed a new proposal that will mark Nov. 30 as a national day to commemorate the more than 850,000 Jews who fled or were evicted from their homes in Arab countries after Israel’s establishment, Israel Hayom reported.

According to the proposal, Nov. 30 was chosen because it marks the date in 1947 when, a day after the United Nations Partition Plan established a Jewish state, Arab nations carried out spontaneous attacks on their Jewish communities to prevent a Jewish nation from forming in Israel.

The bill’s author, Likud-Beitenu member of Knesset Shimon Ohayon, sent a letter to Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby after the law was endorsed on July 14 calling on the organization to “accept historic accountability for the humiliation, the suffering, and the losses incurred by innocent Jewish victims of the Arab world’s declared war against the State of Israel.”

The letter was also sent to the Arab League’s human rights department. —