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Congress Recognizes Jewish Refugees From Arab Lands

Jonathan Schanzer

The House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution (H Res. 185) Tuesday urging that Jewish refugees be part of any Middle East peace agreement, the Jerusalem Post reports.

While Palestinian demands for “right of return” for its refugees has long been a stumbling block in peace talks, the new resolution seeks to have the suffering of Jewish refugees taken into account, too. This was the first congressional recognition of this important issue.

Predictably, the Arab American Institute issued an alert saying the resolution “distracts attention” from other refugee issues.

For more on the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab lands and their role in future peace talks, see Robert Ivker’s very timely article in the most recent issue of inFOCUS Quarterly.