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Posted on 05/30/2012 5:16:38 AM PDT by SJackson
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Bold Bill in Senate to Stop Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Scam
Posted By P. David Hornik On May 30, 2012 @ 12:26 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 7 Comments
The US Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an important amendment to a bill. Proposed by Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, the amendment would change the definition of Palestinian refugee such that the number of people now given that status would shrink from about five million to about thirty thousand.
The U.S. currently contributes annually about $250 million of the approximately $600 million budget of UNRWA, the UN agency that provides housing, education, and welfare to Palestinian refugees. The U.S. has funneled a total of $4.4 billion to UNRWA since it was founded in 1948.
Under the Kirk amendment, the funding to those no longer considered refugees would not necessarily end; they could be defined as poverty cases. But only the thirty thousand, instead of five million, would still be designated as refugees.
What explains the vast differential in numbers? Before and during Israels 1948-49 War for Independence, about 650,000 Palestinian Arabs (many of them very recent immigrants from other Arab countries) left the territories that became Israel. About thirty thousand of them are still alive today.
But in 1965 and 1982, UNRWA made decisionsunique in history, never applied to any other refugee population in the worldto define children and grandchildren, too, of displaced Palestinians as refugees. Hence the swelled numbers of today, with refugees kept in camps in Syria,Lebanon, Jordan, and even the Palestinian Authority. Jonathan Schanzer notes that, according to a study, if this situation persists their number will reach fifteen million by 2050.
Why define so many people as refugees, and why keep them in camps indefinitely? The answer, as Shoshana Bryen notes, was given in an interview to Lebanons Daily Star by the Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon, Abdullah Abdullah.
Abdullah told the Daily Star unequivocally that even if a Palestinian state were to be established in the West Bank and Gazathat is, the much-vaunted two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflictthe Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of it. The reason is that The state is the 1967 borders, but the refugees are not only from the 1967 borders. The refugees are from all over Palestine.
And: How the issue of the right of return will be solved I dont know but it is a sacred right that has to be dealt with . [Statehood] will never affect the right of return for Palestinian refugees. And: even Palestinian refugees who are living inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.
In other words: the reason for keeping so many Palestinian refugees around in camps indefinitely, at U.S. and European expense, and instead of resettling them in Arab countries or even in an Arab West Bank-Gaza country if one were established, is to keep alive their right to return to Israel and demographically destroy ita right whose sacredness would transcend any two-state solution.
Thus Kirks amendment seems to make eminent sense. Why fund, as refugees, people who are not refugees by any normally accepted parameters, and are defined that way only so as to constitute an eventual fatal weapon against a U.S. ally, Israel?
Yet the State Department is dead-set against the amendment. Bryen quotes Deputy Secretary Thomas Nides: This proposed amendment would be viewed around the world as the United States acting to prejudge and determine the outcome of this sensitive issue. But the U.S. is already prejudging the issue by allowing this situation to fester. Continuing to treat this burgeoning population as refugees only means cultivating an anti-Israeli, anti-peace time-bomb.
Some proponents of adopting the Kirk amendment as U.S. policy say it would enable the two-state solution to progress. With only thirty thousand aged Palestinians defined as refugees, the right of return could be implemented and a major stumbling block to an agreement removed.
Such notions, though, miss the point. The whole cynical, grotesque reality of the UNRWA camps stems, in the first place, from a profound, culturally and religiously rooted Arab/Muslim rejection of Israel. Ceasing to define as refugees millions of descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in the late 1940s would not change that.
It would, however, be a step in the right direction. It would mean ceasing to play along with a deception of historic proportions, and refusing to keep nurturing ever-growing millions of Arabs trained to believe that Israel is their home. It would also mean affirming that if any truly constructive steps areever to be taken, they will have to be based on truth and not lies.
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At the end of WWII, Europe was devastated area teeming with refugees, by the millions, striving to “return home”. They went home and settled into their lives. Ethnic minorities either by choice or bitter force returned once again to their “native land”, notable ethnic Germans driven from the lands their forebears has settled into. These refugees were quietly accepted and today are thriving peacefully, once again “home.”
Across the world, peoples with perilous minority status went by choice or force “home.” In India, terrible slaughter occured when Hindu and Islamic refugees met on their own pilgrimages to Pakistan and India, but today are simply citizens of their “home.”
Of all peoples, ONLY the so-called Palestinian “refugee”, seventy years later are still forced to live with the label of homeless. Only the ARAB people did NOT accept, graciously or grudgingly their own people in their time of desperate need.
In a world history replete with tales of refugees and their fates, only ONE people is perpetually kept as “refugees” for purely political purposes. Quite a thing to be proud of.