Israeli media have revealed that Tel Aviv plans to demand that Iran and seven other Arab countries compensate for property and assets lost by Jews when they were forced to flee their homes in those countries since the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948.
“The time has come to correct the historical injustice against the Jews in seven Arab countries and Iran, in order to return hundreds of thousands of Jewish property that they have lost,” said Gila Gamalael, the Israeli Minister of Social Equality.
The same sources reported that the Israeli authorities are finalizing this project to demand a number of countries to return Jewish property. Accordingly, Israel will demand at least $ 35 billion from Tunisia and $ 15 billion from Libya.
The number of funds to be repaid in Iraq, Morocco, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Iran, Libya and Tunisia amounts to more than $ 250 billion.
The International Jewish Network estimates the number of Jews expelled from 10 Arab countries at 856,000 Jews, but the new project excludes Algeria and Lebanon in demands for financial compensation.
Over the past year, the Israeli government, in partnership with an international accounting firm, has recorded the value of property and assets owned by hundreds of thousands of Jews in the Middle East and North Africa region.
In 2010, Israel issued a law stipulating that any final peace agreement with Palestine should address the issue of financial compensation for Jews from Arab countries and Iran, after being forced to leave.
“We can not talk about the Middle East without taking into account the rights of Jews who have been forced to leave their prosperous societies under violence,” said Jamilil, a member of the ruling Likoud party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.
The number of Jews in Morocco has shrunk from 286,000 in 1948 to 50,000 in 1968. By 2015, there were no more than 2,500 Jews in Algeria, at least 130,000 in 1948.
In the case of the success of the Israeli plan, the funds will be placed in a special international fund for Israel, and the “Jewish Arab Property” will be supervised by the Israeli Ministry of Social Equality in cooperation with the Israeli National Security Council.