As Palestinians and their supporters mark 63 years since their Nakba, one small organisation in London is fighting back. Tonight, Sunday 15 May, at a conference entitled The Jewish Nakba: remembering Jewish refugees from Arab Countries, Harif will launch its Mezuzah campaign and associated posters and leaflets (above).
The Mezuzah is the perfect symbol of the lost or stolen Jewish home in Arab countries. Harif has conceived of a plastic give-away version, containing a fact-filled scroll, which can be distributed wherever pro-Palestinian demonstrators are waving their 'keys', demanding their 'right of return' to their homes in what is now Israel.
Harif is holding the conference to tell the world that the largest single group of refugees arising from the Arab-Israeli conflict was in fact Jewish. Although Jewish refugees were soon absorbed in Israel and the West, Arab states have never recognised their responsibility for some 800,000 Jewish refugees. Neither have they offered compensation for Jewish suffering and losses.
The conference will hear testimonies from individual Jewish refugees, and a person who helped in their rescue will be presented with a special award by Tom Gross, the Middle East commentator.
For conference details email firstname.lastname@example.org. For an A5 version of the poster above please email email@example.com.
Jewish Gold (Ynet News (Hebrew) - with thanks: Niran, Gili)
Maariv article (Hebrew) by Ben Dror Yemini (with thanks: Dor)
The hidden tragedy of the Jews from Arab lands : Adi Schwartz's blog (Hebrew - with thanks: Qumran Qumran)