22 July 04
Jews of Libya Seek Reconciliation & a just
partnership between Jews & Arabs
The International Convention of Jews of Libya will hold
a major press conference in London on Thursday 21st July
according to Mr. Zouhir Latif of Multiaction Office, the
Conference's Press coordinator.
This Comes in the wake of recent actions by the Libyan
authorities which have boosted its standing as a progressive
nation seeking to open its doors to the international
community and following the lifting of the United Nations
15 year sanctions against the country.
The Jews of Libyan origin, numbering over 130,000 people
spread throughout the world, welcomed in particular the
positive pronouncements by Seif al Islam Al Gaddafi aimed
at a community whose links to Libya go back to the third
The Conference will be briefed by Mr. Raphael Fellah,
the Chairman of the Convention, who will emphasize the
positive role that Jews originating from Arab Countries,
can play in building peace and business bridges in the
entire Mediterranean area, including the unstable Middle
East, through cultural and commercial ventures with their
Arab compatriots with whom they share a common culture,
language and a long history of cooperation spanning 1,300
Mr. Fellah, a well-known leader of Libyan Jewry with
global business interests, including the first project
in Karni and Gazza Free Zone, has met in the past with
many Arab leaders including Libya's Moammar Gaddafi. Mr.
Fellah believes that the current and dangerous climate
in the Middle East and in the World can benefit from the
courageous and wise stance adopted by the Libyan leader.
To his credit, president Gaddafi was the first Arab leader
to recognize by law the right to compensation to the Jews
for their nationalized assets.
The upcoming fourth Congress of Jews of Libya which will
be held in the Italian capital Rome in October 2004, promises
to be a momentous occasion where reconciliation and joint
ventures with Libya will be high on its agenda, as well
as instituting practical steps to test the seriousness
of the Libyan Authorities to renew the partnership between
the Arab world and the former indigenous Jewish community.
The Congress will be attended by leading international
figures including Arab dignitaries and will be presenting
a special friendship award to the former Italian Prime
Minister, Giulio Andreotti and congressmen Ben Gilman
and Tom Lantos.