Danon urges U.N. to recognize Jewish refugees

At the U.N.

Danny Danon

Israel's mission at the UN

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon urged the international body to recognize the more than 800,000 “forgotten” Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly marking the anniversary of November 29th, 1947 — the date the United Nations voted for the partition plan. 

In an interview with Jewish Insider, Danon said he plans to submit a resolution to the General Assembly to raise awareness of the issue. “We hear too much about the Palestinian refugees at the U.N. Every week there’s a discussion about it,” Danon explained. “We want to get the recognition that Jewish refugees deserve as well. It is time to correct the narrative [of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] and bring justice to the families. The story of those communities and their heritage should be known and heard.”

Next step: Danon suggested that once the matter is adopted by the international community, it could be brought up in bilateral discussions with the Palestinians if peace talks resume. 

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