Danny Ayalon
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Hasbara campaign: 'I'm a Jewish refugee'
New Foreign Ministry campaign calls on Arab Jews to tell the story of their deportation from Arab states in bid to promote compensation
"I'm a refugee" – This is the title of a unique viral campaign launched by the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday calling on Israelis born in Arab countries to upload video testimonials telling the story of their deportation from those countries, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.


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Initiated by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, himself a son of an Algeria-born refugee, the campaign aims to promote recognition and compensation for the refugees and their families and raise the issue on the international agenda.


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"Some 856,000 Arab Jews were expelled or left their homes penniless and arrived in Israel as refugees," Ayalon said.


"Unfortunately, the story of their expulsion has never won recognition by the international community or any of the Israeli governments."


'The Truth about the Refugees' campaign 


The Foreign Ministry is calling on Arab Jews and their families to post video testimonials on a Facebook page which will be launched in Arabic, Hebrew and English.


"I call on every Jewish refugee from an Arab state to tell his or her story and help right the wrong," Ayalon said.


The bid is part of a larger two-year campaign spearheaded by the Foreign Ministry as part of which a video titled "The Truth about the Refugees" was launched in Geneva as the UN's refugee agency celebrated its 60 year anniversary.




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