CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - For the first time in its history, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing Jewish refugees who fled their homes in Arab countries after the formation of the State of Israel in 1948.
While the Palestinian Authority (PA), backed by member nations of the Arab League, insist that resolution of the Palestinian refugees is at the top of their agenda, the resolution approved by congress Tuesday states that negotiations "also include a similarly explicit reference to the resolution to the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries."
"The world needs to understand that it is not just the Arabs and it's not just the Palestinians in the Middle East, but also Jewish people who themselves were dispossessed of their possessions and their homes and were victims of terrorist acts," said Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), one of the bill's co-sponsors.
"Jewish refugees outnumbered Palestinian refugees and their forced exile from Arab lands must not be omitted from public discussion on the peace process," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ), who also co-sponsored the legislation, said the UN is "long overdue" in acknowledging the plight of Jewish refugees.
While the nascent State of Israel absorbed nearly 870,000 Jewish refugees brutally expelled from their homes in Arab countries, the 650,000 Palestinians advised by invading Arab countries to leave their homes temporarily until the Jews were defeated, were not absorbed in any Arab country.