Israel’s ministry of Social Affairs last week launched a website carrying sone 500 testimonies of Jews who lived in Arab lands.
Gila Gamliel at the launch of the Seeing the Voices website
Minister Gila Gamliel launched the website, titled ‘Ro’im et ha’ kolot’ ( Seeing the Voices)
Ces) at the Yad Ben Zvi Institute before a packed audience. Some 10 million shekels were earmarked for the recording of the testimonies of refugees from Arab and Muslim lands and their absorption into Israeli society. The project also involved the Museum of the Daspora, the Steven Spiegel Fund and JIMENA. There are plans to extend the project to immigrants from the ex- Soviet southern republics.
Musicians from the Yad Ben Zvi Institute sang traditional piyutim
An App has also been developed so that grandchildren would be able to upload an interview with their grandparents.
The initiative is part of the government campaign to raise awareness of the exodus of Jewish refugees from Arab labds before that generation is lost.