Executive Vice-President of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC)
Vice President of the European Jewish Congress
Vice Chair of the International Division of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
TIME: 6 – 7.30pm, Wednesday 19th March 2014
VENUE: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA To attend please RSVP to:
The 1948 Arab-Israeli war following the birth of Israel created not one but two sets of refugees: in addition to the 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were driven out of the new state by war, 870,000 Jews living in Arab countries were expelled and dispossessed in state-sanctioned punishment for the Jewish state’s creation.
However, unlike the Palestinian refugees – who demand the “Right of Return” to Israel, and whose plight continues to make headlines – the Middle Eastern Jews’ tragedy remains largely ignored and they have received no recognition or compensation for seized assets and property. For many of these Jewish refugees, an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that ignores their rights would be unjust.
By kind invitation of Bob Blackman MP, The Henry Jackson Society, HARIF – UK Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, and ‘We believe in Israel’ are pleased to invite you to a discussion with Dr. Stan A. Urman, Executive Vice-President of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC), and Edwin Shuker, Vice President of the European Jewish Congress and Vice Chair of the International Division of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The speakers will shed light on this often-overlooked element of the Middle East conflict, and how a just solution to the Jewish refugee question may hold the key to achieving reconciliation and normalisation between Israel and its neighbours. We will also be hearing from Jewish refugees from Arab countries about their first-hand experiences.
Dr. Stanley A. Urman is the Executive Vice-President of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, an international coalition seeking rights and redress for Jews displaced from Arab countries. Since 2002, Dr. Urman has made formal representations on rights and redress for Jews forced to flee Arab countries to Members of Congress, and to senior Administration officials in the United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, and the European Union. In Israel, Dr. Urman has made numerous political representations, urging Israeli government action.
He has testified at public hearings before the Canadian Parliament and the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus. He has contributed to the development of Congressional Resolutions on the rights of former Jewish refugees from Arab countries, including resolution H.Res. 185, which passed unanimously in April 2008.
Edwin Shuker is Vice President of the European Jewish Congress and Vice Chair of the International Division of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Born in Baghdad in 1955, Edwin managed to escape with his family in 1971 and as refugees sought asylum in the UK. He has given personal testimonies at international forums including the European Parliament and the United Nations.