Justice for Jews from Arab Countries

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Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC) is a political advocacy organization founded in New York in 2002, which was formed by the Conference of Presidents, the World Jewish Congress, the American Sephardi Federation, and the World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries. Today, JJAC works with the American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the World Sephardic Congress.[1]

Mission statement[edit]

Its mission statement is:[2]

  • a) To represent the interests of Jews from Arab countries;
  • b) To recognize the legacy of Jewish refugees from Arab countries;
  • c) To register and record personal testimonies of Jews from Arab countries, in order to preserve their history and heritage;
  • d) To serve as a clearing house of information and documentation on Jewish refugees from Arab countries; and
  • e) To conduct public education programs that provide historical perspective, in the pursuit of truth, justice and reconciliation.

Achievements[edit]

According to founder Stanley Urman in 2009, "Perhaps our most significant accomplishment was the adoption in April 2008 by the United States Congress of Resolution 185, which granted the first-ever recognition of Jewish refugees from the Arab countries. This now requires US diplomats in all Middle East negotiations to refer to a quote of what the resolution calls “multiple population of refugees” with a specific injunction that hands forth any specific reference and “any specific reference to the Palestinian refugees must be matched by an explicit reference to Jewish refugees”... our mandate is to follow that lead. Any explicit reference to Palestinians should be followed by explicit reference to Jewish refugees."[3]

Critics have suggested that JJAC's resolution was "a tactic to help the Israeli government deflect Palestinian refugee claims in any final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, claims that include Palestinian refugees’ demand for the “right of return” to their pre-1948 homes in Israel."[4]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Urman, Seeking Justice for Displaced Jews, October 2009
  2. ^ Mission Statement
  3. ^ Urman, Seeking Justice for Displaced Jews, October 2009
  4. ^ Fischbach, 2008, "On 1 April 2008, the New York–based coalition Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives had passed Resolution 185 (H.Res. 185), a nonbinding “sense of the House” resolution concerning the fate of 800,000 Jews who left Arab countries in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948, some without their property. Describing these Jews as “refugees,” the resolution called on the U.S. president to ensure that American representatives participating in international fora refer to the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries whenever mention is made of the 1948 Palestinian refugees. H.Res. 185—which JJAC helped to write—was not an effort to demand compensation for Jewish property losses in the Arab world, but rather a tactic to help the Israeli government deflect Palestinian refugee claims in any final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, claims that include Palestinian refugees’ demand for the “right of return” to their pre-1948 homes in Israel."