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New Israel campaign calls on Jews from Arab states tell of deportations

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Israel has launched a campaign called “I am a refugee” for citizens deported from Arab countries to tell their stories and demand compensation for their hardships, local media reported on Wednesday.

In the campaign launched Tuesday, Jews born in Arab states are urged to upload video testimonials telling stories of their deportations to bring greater recognition to the problem, Ynet News said.

“Some 856,000 Arab Jews were expelled or left their homes penniless and arrived in Israel as refugees,” Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, the son of an Algerian refugee, reportedly said in the announcement of the campaign.

“Unfortunately, the story of their expulsion has never won recognition by the international community or any of the Israeli governments,” he said, according to Ynet News. “I call on every Jewish refugee from an Arab state to tell his or her story and help right the wrong.”