MORE than 150 people are expected to attend an event at Mossley Mill tonight (Thursday) about the ‘Forgotten Refugees of the Middle East.’
Organised by Northern Ireland Friends of Israel (NIFI), the evening’s programme will include the Northern Ireland premiere of award-winning short film ‘The Forgotten Refugees’ and a talk by Lyn Julius, Director of Harif, Association of Jews from Arab lands.
Organiser Steven Jaffe said the level of interest in the event had taken him by surprise.
“Very few people in Northern Ireland are aware that almost a million Jews came from Arab lands. Their distinctive blend of Jewish and Arabic culture challenges the views many people here have of the Israeli-Arab conflict,” he explained.
“Jews have lived in what are now Arab lands for over 2,500 years. In the 1940s and 1950s the vast majority of them were forced to leave, many settling in the new state of Israel.”
Speaker Lyn Julius will tell of her own family’s experiences of living in Iraq and the story of how they became refugees.
Steven added: “NIFI’s aim is to broaden and deepen people’s interest in the Middle East.”
For more information about tonight’s event, or the work of Northern Ireland Friends of Israel, log on to www.nifi.org.uk