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Libyan conference

Last updated: 2004-11-23

Following the latest positive overtures by the Libyan Government towards the Western World and the Jews of Libya, a high profile conference has been organised in London, on Sunday 28 November, to be addressed by an array of international and local experts.

The conference is being held under the auspices of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the World Sephardi Congress, Justice for Jews from Arab Countries and Jews of Libya – UK.

In the past year the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has indicated his willingness to compensate some 6,000 Jews expelled from Libya, whose properties were confiscated following the 1967 Six-Day War. While the community numbered 36,000 in 1945, there are no Jews left in Libya today. The conference will explore these issues against the background of the Libyan Jewish community’s 2,000-year-old history and heritage.

The conference will be attended by an official representative of the Libyan Government, and will be addressed by a variety of expert speakers, including Lord Janner of Braunstone QC, international human rights lawyer Majid Bouden, and Mr. Raphael Luzon, former General Secretary of the World Organisation of Libyan Jewry.

Personal testimonies will be given by former residents from Tripoli and Benghazi, and will be moderated by Mr. Adel Darwish, author and journalist for the Independent and the Daily Telegraph and a specialist in Arabic affairs.