The International League for the rescue of the Jews in Arab countries

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This article discusses the campaign by the International League for the Rescue of the Jews in the Arab Countries (1948- 1950), formed by organisations representing Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in Israel and the Herut party and aimed at preventing damage to the status of the Jews in the Arab states and promoting their emigration to Israel. The article will review the characteristics of the campaign, focusing on the public discourse it sparked in Israel around the idea of a population exchange between the Jews of the Arab states and the Palestinian refugees. This campaign, in which the memory of the Holocaust and the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide were employed, created a linkage between these two populations and expressed the political and social changes of this transitional period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-241
Number of pages18
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Mar 2020

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  • Arab-Jewish relations
  • Herut party
  • Iraqi Jews
  • Israel
  • Mizrahi Jews
  • Oriental Jews
  • Palestinian refugees
  • Population exchange
  • Sephardi Jews
  • the 1948 War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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