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House Proceeding 04-01-08 on Apr 1st, 2008 :: 0:22:09 to 0:29:41
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Allyson Y. Schwartz

0:19:46 to 0:22:09( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Allyson Y. Schwartz

Allyson Y. Schwartz

0:22:00 to 0:22:09( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: pro tempore: the o gentlewoman from california. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, madam speaker, i have no further requests for time. and i yield back the balance of my time. the spea ker pro tempore:

Howard L. Berman

0:22:09 to 0:22:19( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the or gentleman from calornia. mr. wecksly: -- mr . weksler: madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules

Howard L. Berman

0:22:09 to 0:29:41( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard L. Berman

Howard L. Berman

0:22:19 to 0:22:40( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: and agree to house resolution 997, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules

Howard L. Berman

0:22:40 to 0:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: are suspended, the resolution is agreed to, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. berman: madam speaker,

Howard L. Berman

0:22:51 to 0:23:04( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: i move to suspend the rules andhe agree to the resolution, h.res. 185, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of t the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 185,

Howard L. Berman

0:23:04 to 0:23:14( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: resolution expressing the sense of the house of representatives regarding the creation of refugee populations in the middle east, north africa, and the persian gulf region as a result of human

Howard L. Berman

0:23:14 to 0:23:25( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: rights violations. the speaker pro tempore: plule, -- pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. berman, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, each will control

Howard L. Berman

0:23:25 to 0:23:36( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the ze gentleman from california. mr. berman: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks

Howard L. Berman

0:23:36 to 0:23:46( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: withoprut objection. mr. berman: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker

Howard L. Berman

0:23:46 to 0:24:05( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. berman: madam speaker, i'd first like to commend my distinguished colleague, mr. nadler, of new york for introducing this important resolution.

Howard L. Berman

0:24:05 to 0:24:21( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: when the state of israel was founded in 1948, more than 150,000 jews lived in iraq. iraq was truly a cradle of jewish civilization, a site of jewish learning from which one of judaism's holiest

Howard L. Berman

0:24:21 to 0:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: books emerged. for more than two millennia, jews also made vital contributions to wider iraqi society. indeed, like jews throughout the arab world, the iraqi jews for most of that long era enjoyed

Howard L. Berman

0:24:34 to 0:24:48( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: a quality of life far better than that of most jewish communities in europe. that all changed for good in 1948 in the years immediately preceding it when the state of israel declared its independence.

Howard L. Berman

0:24:48 to 0:25:06( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: throughout the arab world, jews then became the objects of official scorn and often were fired from their jobs en masse. in many places violence ensued against jewish communities. continuing to use

Howard L. Berman

0:25:06 to 0:25:22( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: iraq as an example, that 150,000-strong community by 1952 had sha runge to a mere 30,000 -- shrunk to a mere 30,000, the rest, the other 120,000, had effectively been forced out. overall approximately

Howard L. Berman

0:25:22 to 0:25:40( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: 850,000 jewish residents of the arab world were expelled or otherwise forced to leave their homes, abandoning possessions in the years following israel's creation in 1948. vibrant generations-old

Howard L. Berman

0:25:40 to 0:25:59( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: communities withered to nearly negligible numbers. that iraqi community of 150,000 jews in 1948 has dwindled to about 10 today. in equipped a community of 75,000 in 1945 now numbers 50 to 100.

Howard L. Berman

0:25:59 to 0:26:14( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: in yemen, a community of 63,000 in 1948, has shrunk to about 200 today. 140,000 jews lived in tunisia in 1948. less than 100 remain. in morocco which is hailed today as the bastion of jewish-arab

Howard L. Berman

0:26:14 to 0:26:27( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: coexistence in the arab world, a thriving community of more than a quarter million jews lived their lives in peace before 1948. today there are perhaps 5,000 jews resident in morocco. some left

Howard L. Berman

0:26:27 to 0:26:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: willingly, most felt they had no choice. for centuries long before the advent of islam and long after it, jewish communities lived peacefully and often prosperously and productively in arab lands

Howard L. Berman

0:26:41 to 0:26:54( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: among arab people. their forced relocation and the material value they lost when they were compelled to abandon their homes and other property in arab countries has never been redressed. not

Howard L. Berman

0:26:54 to 0:27:09( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: one jew from the arab world has been compensated for his losses. each one had to start over from scratch in his new land. compare the jewish refugee experience, madam speaker, with this palestinian

Howard L. Berman

0:27:09 to 0:27:22( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: refugee experience. neither jewish refugees themselves north israel, which was an underdeveloped country at the time it hosted most of these refugees, sought international aid from united nations

Howard L. Berman

0:27:22 to 0:27:35( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: organizations or other international organizations. both refugees and hosts envisioned and sought full integration into the largest society. the arab world in contrast demanded the international

Howard L. Berman

0:27:35 to 0:27:47( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: community foot the bill for the refugees who were to be kept in camps that to this day breed frustration, hatred, and dependence. the results of these contrasting approaches is this. while the

Howard L. Berman

0:27:47 to 0:27:59( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: plight of palestinian refugees is well-known throughout the world, has been the subject of numerous u.n. resolutions, and has been a major element in every arab-israeli peace plan, the plight

Howard L. Berman

0:27:59 to 0:28:14( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: of jewish refugees is rarely mentioned. nevertheless, the rights and redress of jewish refugees deserve recognition in any peace settlement. indeed, numerous international agreements pertaining

Howard L. Berman

0:28:14 to 0:28:25( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: to the arab-israeli conflict have been codified with the rights of jewish refugees in mind. u.n. security council resolution 242 calls for a just settlement to the refugee problem without limiting

Howard L. Berman

0:28:25 to 0:28:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: that problem to palestinians. presidents carter and clinton each explicitly stated that the issue of jewish refugees must be part of any comprehensive arab-israeli peace agreement. and lest

Howard L. Berman

0:28:41 to 0:28:56( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: there be any doubt about their status, let me point out this fact. the united nations high commission on refugees in 1957 mandated that jewish people who pled arab countriesb are indeed refugees.

Howard L. Berman

0:28:56 to 0:29:08( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the right of jewish refugees from middle earn lands to see redress does not in any way conflict with the right of palestinian refugees to seek redress, and the resolution before us states this explicitly.

Howard L. Berman

0:29:08 to 0:29:22( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: this resolution merely expresses a sense of congress the jewish refugees also should not be denied their legitimate rights. we are simply seeking to ensure that any comprehensive middle

Howard L. Berman

0:29:22 to 0:29:29( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: east settlement is just and fully just to all the parties. that sentiment of basic fairness is one i fully embrace, i strongly support this reso lution. i congratulate again my colleague,

Howard L. Berman

0:29:29 to 0:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: mr. nadler, for offering it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume.

0:29:41 to 0:29:57( Edit History Discussion )

the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of house resolution 185, regarding the creation ofcr refugee populations

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