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    US lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday requiring the US president to provide a report to Congress outlining federal actions that would ensure future Arab-Israeli peace accords consider Jewish refugees displaced from Iran and other Arab countries.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — "In 1948, all Arab countries opposed the creation of the state of Israel, taking up arms against the newly established nation. This war dramatically changed the status of Jews and Jewish communities, which had existed in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region for more than 2,500 years," the lawmakers stated on Wednesday.

    The lawmakers pointed out "Arab governments subjected hundreds of thousands of Jews to displacement, political marginalization or property confiscation with no compensation."

    Given Washington’s central role in promoting a just Middle East peace, the lawmakers argued the United States "must ensure that refugees of Arab countries and Iran are given equal attention."

    The Displaced Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries and Iran Act would protect the interests of all refugees displaced as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict, ensuring they are "fairly" considered in any final settlement of Arab-Israeli peace, the lawmakers added.

    In 1947 the UN General Assembly recommended in Resolution 181, the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states, a move which virtually all of the Arab nations opposed, leading several major wars in the region over the next three decades, after the state of Israel was created.

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