From: Jason Kenney
Yesterday, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development began its study on the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Between 1948 and the early 1970’s, over 850,000 Jews were displaced as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In some instances Jewish refugees fled state-sanctioned persecution and violence, and in other instances they were expelled.
These pogroms resulted not only in the confiscation and loss of property without compensation, but in the uprooting of ancient Jewish communities from their countries of residence. Many of these once-flourishing communities no longer exist.
The Government of Canada initiated this study to learn more about this little-known, but important part of the Arab-Israeli conflict, which has not been reflected in Canadian policy.
Please feel free to follow the study and read the witness testimony at the following link: http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FAAE&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1
I welcome your feedback on this matter.
Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP