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  11/18/2013, Kislev 15, 5774

Knesset to Speak Up for Rights of Jews Expelled from Arab Lands

As the date for Israel's independence edged closer throughout the 1940s, Jews who had lived for centuries in countries like Egypt, Iraq, and Libya found themselves increasingly persecuted by their Arab co-nationals.

When Israel was established, nearly one million Jews from Arab countries were forced to leave their homes due to pogroms, state discrimination and persecution – many of them literally expelled. With nowhere else to go, most of them ended up in the nascent State of Israel. Almost none received compensation for the substantial assets they were forced to leave behind.