Thursday, February 01, 2007

Yad Vashem to consider first Arab for award

Israel's main Holocaust memorial centre has for the first time nominated an Arab to be recognised as a "righteous gentile" for saving Jewish lives, the BBC reports.

Researchers at Yad Vashem will now examine the life of Khaled Abdulwahab, who died in his native Tunisia in 1997, to see if he is eligible for the award.

He is said to have sheltered Jews on his land during the Nazi occupation. The Righteous Gentile award has already been bestowed on about 22,000 non-Jews, including 60 Muslims from the Balkans.

The request to recognise Mr Abdulwahab was submitted by Robert Satloff of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who has researched the situation of Jews in North Africa in the 1940s.

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Update: the story was reported in 49 media worldwide

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