In May, 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) created a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This ongoing, permanent commission will publish reports every June to the UNHCR in Geneva and every September to the UN General Assembly in New York. Numerous Jewish institutions, the Israeli government, members of congress and the Biden administration have accused the UNHCR of ongoing discrimination against Israel and there is heightened concern that the Commission’s report will refer to Israel as an “apartheid state.”
The Commission invites individuals, groups, and organizations to submit information and documentation relevant to its mandate. We, the descendants of the one million Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are committed to ensuring the stories of our parents and grandparents are no longer ignored or erased by the UN. As such, we demand that the UNHCR consider the human rights violations endured by Jewish refugees from Arab Countries and Iran whose descendants now comprise more than half of Israel’s Jewish population. Many of these descendants of Jewish refugees from MENA countries continue to endure antisemitic human right violations tied to Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations that target Israel and the Jewish people.