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Libyan official calls for Jews to be allowed to return

In a surprise move, a senior member of the government of Khalifa Ghwell has announced that Libya’s Jewish community has the right to return as well as be compensated for any losses its members may have suffered.

The call was made by Mohamed Ali Triki, a top official in Ghwell’s foreign ministry, on Thursday at a three-day conference held on the Greek island of Rhodes. It was organised to mark the 50th anniversary of the last exodus of Jews from Libya as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War. Libya’s Jewish community was part of the national fabric, Triki was quoted as saying, adding that the government would enable them to return.

Announced three months ago and organised by Rafael Luzon, head of Libyan Jewry abroad, the conference aimed to build reconciliation between the exiled Libyan Jewish community and their original home country.

Although it was not officially supported by the Israeli government, one Israeli minister attended – Ayoob Qara, the Druze politician who is minister of communications.

There are no thought to be almost no Jews left in Libya.       

 Click here to read the full article in Libya Herald

Monday, July 03, 2017
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