Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Justice for Jewish Refugees!

Yesterday, as reported by Ha'aretz (an Israeli Newspaper), the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that will help reshape the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis/Jewish people. The bill, H. Res. 185, sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) essentially states that "any comprehensive Middle East peace agreement must resolve all outstanding issues relating to the legitimate rights of all refugees in the Middle East, including Jews, Christians, and other displaced populations." The group Justice for Jews from Arab Countries helped provide the research that provides evidence that there are over 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries who, essentially, threw them out because of the creation of Israel.

Finally, justice will be done to these forgotten refugees; however, the fight is not over. The U.N. at this time does not count these Jews as refugees following the War of Independence in 1948. Only recently did a refugee come speak to the United Nations, according to The Canadian Jewish News! Therefore, it is imperative that those of you who live outside of the United States call your local government officials and urge them to pass a bill similar to H. Res. 185! According to, that is what is exactly being worked on in Canada.

Below, for your reference, is a list of all 40 co-sponsors of this bill:

Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 4/20/2007
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] - 3/7/2007
Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] - 1/28/2008
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] - 12/19/2007
Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] - 10/15/2007
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] - 2/27/2007
Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] - 10/29/2007
Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] - 5/17/2007
Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] - 10/3/2007
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 9/5/2007
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] - 2/16/2007
Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] - 9/4/2007
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] - 5/9/2007
Rep Ferguson, Mike [NJ-7] - 2/16/2007
Rep Fortuno, Luis G. [PR] - 2/6/2008
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 1/16/2008
Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] - 1/17/2008
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 8/3/2007
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 3/5/2007
Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] - 9/4/2007
Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [IL-10] - 3/1/2007
Rep Linder, John [GA-7] - 9/4/2007
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 9/17/2007
Rep McNulty, Michael R. [NY-21] - 10/16/2007
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 3/4/2008
Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6] - 6/12/2007
Rep Ramstad, Jim [MN-3] - 1/28/2008
Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] - 2/16/2007
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] - 3/5/2007
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 3/5/2007
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] - 7/27/2007
Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] - 2/27/2007
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] - 10/17/2007
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 2/6/2008
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] - 1/28/2008
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] - 10/29/2007
Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 9/4/2007
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] - 4/16/2007
Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] - 2/27/2007
Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 9/20/2007

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