Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday he planned to propose a resolution about what he called “the forgotten Jewish refugees.” He didn’t detail the proposal.

The request seeks to counter what Israel sees as a one-sided focus on Palestinian refugees.

Israel estimates 850,000 Jews were forced out of Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century. Many fled to Israel.

An estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes during the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948. A U.N. agency aids them and their descendants.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour reiterated appeals Tuesday for humanitarian assistance for the refugees.