World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries (WOJAC)
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The World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries (WOJAC) was an umbrella body founded in 1975 by the leaders of organizations of Jews from Arab countries in Israel and overseas. It was headed by  Mordechai Ben-Porat, an Israeli cabinet minister of Iraqi origin, and other Sephardi leaders.

In the early to mid-1970s, Israel witnessed a proliferation of organizations of Jewish immigrants from Arab and Islamic countries demanding proportionate representation in public and governmental institutions. Around this time, the  World Zionist Organization (WZO)established a departm…

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Maurice Roumani, “World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries (WOJAC)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 June 2017
First published online: 2010



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