NEW YORK (Mar. 3)
The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has welcomed a European Parliament resolution urging the Western democracies to help save the approximately 100 surviving Jews of Lebanon.
The resolution was introduced by Otto Von Habsburg on behalf of the European People’s Party, an umbrella group of conservative parties in Europe, and adopted last week by a vote of 124 to one, with two abstentions.
It also asks the member governments of the Community to urge the United States to do “all in its power” on behalf of this small Jewish community and to “inform the Lebanese government of the interest” of the member states in their plight.
Within the past two years, 11 Lebanese Jews, many of them leaders of the one-time large community, have been arrested, according to ADL. Nine of them have been executed and five of the bodies have not been returned for burial. The fate of two remains unknown.