JIMENA Pushes for Rights in Congress
Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA) has embarked on a campaign to get the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries discussed in Washington whenever Palestinian refugees are mentioned.
The resolution, H. Res. 848/S. Res. 494, already has significant support in the House, and JIMENA is asking rabbis to mention it in their High Holy Day sermons.
The resolution has been assigned to the International Relations Committee in the House and to the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate, where it is pending.
JIMENA hopes to record the communal and personal losses of the almost 1 million Jews who lived in the Middle East and North Africa before time erases the memories of these communities and their culture. In addition, the organization is looking for people whose families are from Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Iran.