Levana Zamir presents the Ot Kavod award to Gina Waldman
A packed auditorium of more than 250 people at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque watched Levana Zamir, president of the Coalition of Organisations of Jews from Arab Countries present the organisation’s annual Ot Kavod award to Nissim Zeev and Gina-Bublil-Waldman.
Member of Knesset Rav Nissim Zeev won the award for initiating in 2010 the bill to ensure, for the first time ever in Israel, the right of Jewish Refugees to compensation. The law was passed in February 2011 by the Knesset. This bill created an unstoppable momentum, leading to other Knesset bills and educational programmes at schools all over Israel.
Levana Zamir presenting the award to Nissim Zeev
Gina Bublil-Waldman, President of JIMENA – Jews Indigenous to the Middle-East and North Africa, received the award for her long and relentless work for the recognition of Jewish refugees and her work today of hasbarain more than 200 universities and campuses across the United States. Her campaign explains the history and tragedy of almost million Jewish Refugees who were expelled or compelled to flee, leaving behind not only their assets, but their own identity as indigenous Jews born and living in this region for millennia.
To close, a documentary movie of 40 minutes, produced by the Coalition of Organisations of Jews from Arab Countries, was screened for the first time, to illustrate the whole history and tragedy of the exodus of indigenous Jews from seven Arab and Islamic countries. Two-thirds of them made Aliya, helped to build and develop the State of Israel, and today comprise more than 50% of the Jewish population in Israel.