Displaced Jews from Arab Lands

February 20, 2012 by Shirlee Finn
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The plight of Jewish refugees displaced from Arab lands was discussed at a meeting in Sydney last night.


Dr Racheline Barda

Packed house

More than 150 people packed the Sephardi Synagogue at which ‘Australians For A Secure Israel’  and the Sephardi Synagogue held  the information evening.

Dr. Racheline Barda, who was born in Egypt and Ruth Harvey, whose family fled from Libya told their personal stories which were followed by Peter Wertheim, Executive Director of the ECAJ , who told of his experiences from 1989 to 1994 when he was deeply involved in a campaign to help free Syrian Jewry.

The DVD “The Forgotten Refugees”  an internationally acclaimed and awarded project of the David Project, the untold and unpublicised story, of the million or so Jewish people expelled, and/or who fled Arab lands after 1948,  was screened receiving rousing applause.

This is a story of importance.

The story of these forgotten refugees, is a story that needs to told.

Peter Wertheim

101 United Nations General Assembly resolutions have been raised to deal with refugees arising from the Israel/Arab conflict, but not one has been raised to deal with the plight of Jews displaced from Arab lands.  “The Jewish Refugees”

‘Australians For A Secure Israel’ was formed out of concern for a growing attempt to delegitimise the State of Israel.

Through our website, our mailing list, our Facebook page and information evenings, we hope to help you, our community and friends, to stand together in support of the State of Israel.

Shirlee Finn is on the committee of AFASI


3 Responses to “Displaced Jews from Arab Lands”
  1. Saul says:

    I came across this site by chance as I was following up the name of Shirlee Finn. (Incidentally, this request is not for publication). My wife – now rising 90 is the daughter of Mrs Esther Werchowsky who was a lifetime friend of Shirlee’s grandmother, Passe (transliteration of the Yiddish) Borman. We have a picture of her grandmother tallking to my wife’s mother whom she visited every week, coming by bus from the East End of London. If you culd send me Shirlee’s email address, I can email it to her. Many thanks in anticipation.

  2. Esther says:

    Wonderful to see community support for this ‘unknown’ history. I speak in schools about Israel and the Shoah, and would be very pleased to know how this movie can be shown in other States of Australia, or even offered to interested teachers, and I have ideas for this to happen. We need others to know this history, as well. I’ll be sure to visit the AFASI site. Thanks, JWire.

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